By Luciana Marcial-Vincion, Spinning® Master Instructor and Team Manager for the Global Spinning Master Instructor Team | South Carolina, United StatesGo! Push it! Feel it! You can do it! C’mon! Whoohooo!Sound familiar? If you’ve ever struggled with trying to find cues that have more impact and depth for your Spinning® classes, you are not alone.We all want to be great with our instructional language. We want cues with clout. We want commanding cues. But where does rock-solid cueing come from? How do great instructors manifest their ideas and thoughts into the spoken word? Is there a secret to creating powerful language? The good news is that with just a bit of creativity, instructors can learn to bring more captivating verbiage into their coaching. Everyone has the ability to transform ordinary words into works of art and everyday cues into luminous language.The Spinning program has always been rooted in powerful language. New instructors are introduced to this philosophy for the first time in the Spinning instructor manual—remember the language examples listed on the Energy Zone™ section? Great coaches utilize powerful, effective language. And who doesn’t want to be a great coach?It is very common for instructors to get stuck saying the same things over and over again, class after class. If you've become aware that you’re repeating yourself, believe me, your students knew long ago.Luckily, there are some simple resources that can help you develop more effective cues. First, consider that the expansion of your language is connected to the depth of your knowledge. Here are some simple suggestions to increase your knowledge base:
- Take classes from other instructors. Whether they are classes at your club or at a conference, hearing how others cue pedal stroke or climbing skills can give you some solid ideas.
- Explore other types of fitness classes. Take yoga, martial arts, kickboxing, Pilates or any other type of group fitness class. It will open your mind and expose you to new ways of saying things. That awesome diaphragmatic breathing cue you heard in yoga class may easily translate into an effective breath cue on the bike.
- The more you know about the sport, the more you can speak the language. Read cycling books and magazines. Peruse cycling websites. Join a cycling blog. Get out on your bike more often. Enter a race. Participate in a benefit ride. Embrace the culture of the sport and your mind will fill up with coaching ideas and language.
- Take Spinning Continuing Education courses. Our live workshops are always guaranteed to provide a healthy dose of new cues.