Following our in-depth series on different kinds of warm-ups for different types of classes, I received an excellent question from ICA member Ellen Chan.
Thank you for the wonderful articles on warm-ups. I understand why warm-ups are required, but how do you approach a student who is 10 minutes late to class? They do not warm up and begin right away to work out.
I am sure we’ve all encountered this. I’ve got five ways that will help you manage latecomers to your classes so that they don’t miss out on the warm-up and can benefit from your hard work on your profile. How you approach your riders to ask them to warm up on their own is largely based on what you learned in the six articles of our warm-up series.
Five Ways to Manage Late Arrivals
- Don’t allow students who are late to class.
The number one way to mitigate this problem is to post a rule that there is no entrance to the cycling studio once the class has begun. Allowing people to come in willy-nilly is not helping them or your class at all. Not only do they miss out on the important warm-up, but you might be in the middle of explaining the profile and the required intensity parameters. Distracted riders will likely miss out on important elements about the ride. If you have to stop and set the newcomer up, it ruins your delivery and flow even more.
This is worthy of its own discussion so I’ll expand on ways to implement this policy in an upcoming article. However, I do realize that some clubs or GXDs are, for some reason, unwilling to restrict entry to class. If that’s the case, then you have to manage your latecomers carefully, and individually, as in the following tips.
Teach your riders how important the warm-up is to the quality of their workout.
How do you handle a latecomer to class?