There was an interesting discussion this week on one of the Facebook indoor cycling forums about teaching without music. I thought it could be fun to have a discussion here about teaching without music. Have you ever had a music emergency in which you had to teach your class with no music at all? How did you initially react? How did your riders respond?
Today I received an e-mail from ICA member Shayne who sent me an example of his club’s Group Fitness Class Conduct Guide for Spinning. It gave me an idea to get others to submit their facility’s instructor guidelines or a sample of what it contains. Or, if you don’t have one, let me know in the comments what you wish your club/studio would do to keep your team teaching a similar approach while still encouraging different styles. Next week, I’ll post these samples along with Shayne’s, so you can use them as a template to create your own or suggest to your group fitness director to create one.
When someone comes in at the last minute, you do your best. You get them set up quickly, give them a couple words of encouragement, a pat on the back, and send them on their way. And you never see them again…. Does that sound familiar? Maybe if you had a new student handout to help ease their concerns and answer questions they may be too timid to ask, you’d regain that opportunity. It would also help to assert your position on a couple of things from the very beginning.