Today’s question about using music is an excellent one for newer instructors.
I am a newly qualified indoor cycling instructor and I really want to have great classes that are inspiring and equally taught well!
My question is regarding music and class refreshes.
I have 4 classes a week at the same studio… How often should I be looking to refresh my program? I don’t wish for my students to get bored, but equally not to change it too soon when they was just getting into the rhythm of the class?
Please help! I’m on my 2nd week now and not sure if I should be aiming to mix it up weekly, fortnightly or other.
Many thanks, Desta
Desta, thank you for your question. I am sure it’s a common one with brand new instructors, and I am sure this post will help them as they begin this exciting journey. May I ask what certification you took?
As a newer instructor, it can be confusing to know how songs are received by riders and how often you can or should play them. It may take you a few months of teaching to figure out what works best for your students. I’ve got my own views on this, and I’m hoping some other longtime instructors reading this might post their thoughts on this too, so we can get a variety of viewpoints.
The most important consideration is whether your classes are in the same time slot (e.g., Mon/Wed 6 a.m.) or if they are completely different time slots that would attract different riders. While it is possible that a rider might attend a morning class one day and an evening class the next, it’s not as common—most people stick to a time slot due to family/work/school obligations. They may, however, come to a weekend class in addition to their regular class. If they do occasionally encounter a repeated profile and playlist, they are going to be a lot more understanding than if you repeated it in your 6 am time slot.
Here is my advice for repeating playlists and profiles.