Tom and I get a little more serious in this video, discussing how to build up the confidence so that you can continue to teach an authentic class where you “keep it real” in spite of being in an environment where other instructors tend to use techniques, or students ask for moves that you know to be ineffective, possibly even unsafe. It’s a tough position to be in when you are one of the only instructors at a facility that adheres to safe and effective techniques in your Spinning® or indoor cycling classes. It’s especially tough when you have students who start to ask for the specific moves that you know are not only silly and ineffective, like lifting weights, doing push-ups, or hovering.
The solution lies in educating your students slowly and surely and treating the other instructors with respect. It also lies in building your own confidence, the ability to stand your ground. Your classes may not be as large as some of the other pedal-to-the-metal super-high-cadence crazy-fests, but over time, your students will start to see the difference. As the saying goes, “If you build it, they will come!”
I’ve heard so many stories from instructors who have fought this battle and have succeeded. They have a core group that “get it.” If you are one of these instructors who has a following of students who understand how important it is to Keep it Real, and/or if you are still struggling to teach your students how to Keep it Real, please, tell us your story in the comments below. Other instructors can learn from your experience!
Watch as Tom and I give you a few tips to be more successful in this challenging environment.