I received an excellent question from Andrea. Actually, it’s multiple questions, but first I’m going to take on the scheduling issue. When I was director of my club, I took these very issues into consideration when scheduling instructors, and as a result, I believe my instructors were much more happy teaching at our facility. Instructor turnover was low, adherence to the program was high, and members were very happy with the instructors, the program and the variety offered. Let me know if any of you are faced with these kinds of scheduling issues:
I know this is an old chestnut of a question, and a total conundrum for me. Our gym just went all Spinning, all the time with assigned class profiles. That’s fine. I have one strength ride, and one endurance ride. It is somewhat frustrating for me to have to keep my people in a pre-defined HR limit because I like throwing in some variability within a ride; it’s just more fun and realistic, I think.
My director says for us to wear HR monitors, and have our people wear them, too. Well, mostly they aren’t, and they most likely aren’t going to. We are really trying to convince them to purchase one; our computers on our Spinner bikes work quite well with them. He then put up that HR count chart on the wall that the Spinning website has (that ends at 60 years old, and we have older riders than that), and they are to keep their HR within that count. Okay, you know the problem. The chart is BS, we aren’t stopping to count our HR numbers, etc. I talk a lot about RPE, etc., as the way to go because of lack of anything better.
Are there any good charts, recommendations, etc., that you can make than don’t rely on metabolic testing? Do I just have to suck it up and run a threshold test? I’m a very experienced fitness person (Masters in Sports Medicine, credential P.E. teacher, adapted P.E. specialist, long time group fitness instructor and personal trainer), but I have no confidence in my ability to lead people through this test and trust the numbers we may come up with. I feel like we are basing our training on bad information without offering anything better that our members can easily grasp. And I’m not finding anything from the fitness community (ACE, IDEA, etc.) to really help in an easily consumed, concrete way, either.
Thanks, and I’m really enjoying your new website,
There are several good topics here I’d like to address.