1. Avoid Overtraining
Many people still believe that the harder the workout, the better. However, working out harder isn’t necessarily working smarter, and it can lead to dropping out. We have to educate our participants on the benefits of heart rate training and working within the Spinning Energy Zones™. Encourage your students to wear heart rate monitors, talk about their benefits, where to get them and what features to look for, and integrate them into your Spinning classes. Over time, many of your students will realize that they are missing out on a big value that you are providing during class and be more inclined to invest in their own heart rate monitor. Monitoring their heart rate and understanding the Energy Zones that they are working in will help students understand what is going on inside their cardio-respiratory system and engage them more during class. When your class starts to understand the difference between anaerobic and aerobic training, you can help them avoid overtraining, which ultimately zaps energy and leads to lower immunity and possible injury, factors that could easily lead to physical burn out and cause them to drop out altogether.
2. Coach Everyone
Rather than calling out how much resistance to add or the cadence at which students should be riding, offer guidance on heart rate ranges that the class should be working within. Give students the option to keep their heart rates within their Endurance or Strength Energy Zone ranges, even if you are leading them through intervals. This provides options to students who are more or less fit then the average student. By coaching Energy Zones, you are coaching to everyone in the room.
3. Create a Club
Make your class fun, unique and a place where everyone feels welcome. Exercise adherence is more prevalent when people enjoy the exercise. As their leader, we can play a big role in that. Smile and encourage their efforts and hard work. Remind them to smile too and don’t be afraid to let your sense of humor show. Your personality is what makes your class unique. Students need to see that you are having a good time and that even though we take fitness seriously, we can have fun while exercising. Acknowledge and welcome new members or first-timers. Congratulate them after the ride on a job well done. Remind them of what an accomplishment every class is and that they should be proud of themselves. Interact and enjoy your participants. Encourage them to answer when you ask questions like, “how does that feel?” and “are those leg muscles talking to you?” Having a voice will help them to feel a part of the class.
4. Acknowledge Results
Seeing and feeling results are also a huge motivator to stick to a workout program. When you notice, a member looking stronger and leaner, make sure to tell them. If you’ve got students who are riding right there with you in terms of stamina and strength, let them know. It’s sure to make them feel good about themselves, which will help motivate them to come back for more and more.
5. Build a Team Bond
Create a sense of togetherness and teamwork in your class. Tell the class that you are a team and you will all finish strong together. Not only do you want them to feel like you’re their teammate, but you are also their coach. You must lead them through the workout, remind them of form and proper technique, and motivate from start to finish. After each class, welcome their questions, comments and feedback. Encourage them to share their fitness goals with you, which will create a sense of accountability, and offer safe suggestions to meet those goals.
6. Spice Things Up
Don’t forget to talk to your class about cross-training and recommend other classes. Invite them to other class formats you teach or take yourself. Let them know how other types of exercise will benefit their Spinning form and technique.As Spinning instructors, we have chosen exercise as a way of life, but the average person has not invested as much as we have. Not only do we lead classes through safe and effective exercise, but we must also motivate and help keep our members on target to meeting their fitness goals. Exercise adherence is essential to our class participants’ fitness and overall health, and by applying these simple principles to our classes, we as coaches can keep them coming back year after year.