Today, we’re pleased to introduce in this interview Shannon Derby, one of our veteran Master Instructors, who tells us that she had a great interest in becoming an Instructor in her early career-which isn’t hard to believe when you consider the impression she received during her first time attending a class. We asked her why she wanted to become an instructor, and you might be shocked to find out who was teaching her class:
“My first class was with Johnny G. in Copper Mountain, CO as part of a conference I attended as a fitness professional. I loved it! I managed Group Fitness and knew we needed to add the Spinning® Program to our line up.”
What inspired you to become a Certified Spinning® Instructor and then a Master Instructor?
I was an avid recreational cyclist and a group fitness instructor, putting the two together was a no brainer for me. It was 1997 when the club received a message that Spinning was looking for instructors who’d like to work for them. I sent in a video (yep, an old VHS) and was asked to fly to California for training in early 1998. I’ve been presenting since February of 1998 and haven’t made another VHS since!
What do you love about teaching Spinning® classes?
Sharing exercise science education with a group of enthusiastic students and making it fun by connecting music and movement with my riders.
What makes Spinning® such a great workout? Non-impact stress on the joints, making it available to everyone to use and a system perfected by actual science of the Energy Zones™ -it is just effective.What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a Certified Spinning® Instructor?
The program has a lot of depth and power to change peoples lives, take the training and commit to teach the program! Staying involved with continuing education is what you need to stay fresh.
What’s one of your favorite motivational quotes?
“If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”
Do you have a hero in the Spinning® community, someone who deserves recognition for their leadership?
Lu (Luciana Marcial-Vincion) does a great job.
Shannon lives in Boulder, Colorado and regularly teaches at her club, Mountains’ Edge Fitness, and she presents all around Colorado and its bordering states.
In addition to being a Spinning® Master Instructor, she is also certified through ACE since 1986, as well as the National Council on Strength and Fitness and Resist-A-Ball Pilates.