I was initially drawn to my first Spinning® class after I had read about the program in a cycling magazine. The club I was a member at purchased their first batch of Spinner® bikes. They were sitting outside of the aerobics room and I approached the manager and asked one question, “When is the first class scheduled?” He looked at me like with amazement and said, “You’ve heard of the Spinning® program?” I played his game and said yes.
I was lucky; my first class was conducted by an instructor who was passionate about her role as an instructor. Fortunately for me, she was also a Master Instructor with the Spinning® program so I knew I was getting the proper instruction. That instructor was Danielle Foster. I’ll always remember how she approached me and it has shaped the way that I approach others whenever I coach a class. She set me up properly on the bike and we began to chat about my experience with both indoor and outdoor cycling. She then delivered a ride that reflected my own training rides. I caught the bug. Love at first ride.
After a few months of taking Spinning® classes several times a week, I felt the need to take the next steps and become an instructor. I wanted to give back to the program that gave me so much. The Spinning® program changed the way I trained and shaped the type of rider I am today. I wanted to share this passion with others and help them along their fitness journey.
Making the jump from student to instructor wasn’t all that easy. I knew I could do it and was confident that I knew my stuff. However, I was now leading the same members that rode next to me while I was a student. Some accepted me as their instructor immediately while others were not so enthused and took some time to come around. I found out quickly that it requires more than just a passion for the Spinning® program, but also a knowledge of exercise physiology, human psychology and many other disciplines that I would never thought I needed to know. It became a passion of mine not only to conduct Spinning® classes, but to broaden my knowledge of all of the above mentioned topics. I never stop learning and my students benefit from that knowledge gain.
Becoming a Spinning® instructor has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Whenever someone tells me that I have changed their life because they started taking classes with me, I look them directly in the eye and say, “Thank you. You have also changed my life by allowing me to be a part of your personal journey.” We as coaches inspire our students, but more often, our students inspire us.