This year, I want to challenge you to reach new heights in your coaching. This may mean moving out of your own comfort zone. It’s something we ask of our riders all the time; how about ourselves? What can we do to push ourselves, to take risks, to put ourselves out there in front of our students and announce to the world that we aren’t afraid of growth?
One of the best ways to grow as an instructor is to attend other instructors’ classes. You can assess what you like and what you don’t like, you can look for similarities with your style, and you can seek out coaching styles that you would like to adopt. And if you suspect you may have a bad habit, you can ask yourself poignant questions like, “Is that what I sound like when I yell ‘Go!’ all the time?” Here are 30 things to evaluate when you take another class.
In 2002, I presented a session at WSSC called “Rolling Hills and Switchbacks.” Prior to that date, these techniques weren’t a big part of Spinning® (or any indoor cycling program for that matter). I want to give you my handout from 2002, for free! I’ve changed a few things in how I coach these and will be sharing those coaching techniques very soon, but much of this still applies for realistic simulation of riding rollers and switchbacks.
Now is not the time to panic, but it is a good time to remind your riders of practices that should be routine to help maintain a healthy environment for yourself and others in the cycling studio and the gym in general. While coronavirus is rightly the global focus right now, here are some guidelines to help minimize risk of infection and transmission of any virus.
For so many years I’ve heard cycling instructors lament that “Students get bored if the class is cycling specific, so I need to [add silly move here] or they won’t come to class!” Well, I have news for you…maybe it’s not the moves or technique that are boring; maybe it’s you! Here are 13 ways you can be sure to keep students engaged while riding and committed to your classes without resorting to silly gimmicks on the bike.