The first time she taught a class of students, it was so intense the police were called.
Don’t worry - no one was hurt. No one got in trouble. And who can blame her? Polona Rankovic was instructing her first Spinning® class to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” at full-volume. She came a long way to teach that first class though.
After attending classes for the first time at a Spinning Clinic in Germany, Polona knew she would have to move to Munich and become an instructor herself. While on the face alone, moving to a different nation for a certification might seem like impulse decision, that isn’t quite the case for Polona Rankovic. Having a background as an athlete in track and field and a desire to further refine her skills, moving to Germany for an education that wasn’t available in Slovenia.Why Spinning, of all the athletic routes she could have taken? Because for her, it is an activity that isn’t specific to only just one narrow focus of sports and athletics, but a wide open range applying to every discipline. Her story is one of commitment to a fitness well-being program and the belief of helping people.
“I believe that the only thing that helps you keep members loyal is knowledge, and using it as a tool to strengthen relationships, and I could see qualities in every aspect of of the Spinning® culture, spread by the family of Instructors and students” She said. “It wasn’t just Spinning and sports, but friends, relationships and learning about other people and other countries.”
She also loves the flexibility of classes, as they have their own novelty and organic progression. “I love that, how any class can focus on the science behind technique but also life, mind and values.” Polona told us.For anyone considering the route to becoming an instructor, Polona gave some advice for them, “Go for it. The worst that can happen is you take a class and you never teach. On the other side, you can feel the real Spinning program, meet new friends, see new cities and really get into the philosophy.”
Polona admits that she doesn’t feel “100% satisfied” with her own performance, and whether or not anyone truly can, she keeps an awareness of herself to ensure that she is teaching correctly, making sure things are right--she strives for perfection with a cautious reminder of her education, and to be as exact as possible when she needs to be.
Located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Polona is now responsible for instruction in the Balkans, currently at her own facility FIT CITY. She joined the Spinning Master Instructor in 2010 and has a Diploma in Fitness from Faculty for Sport University, Ljubljana.