I will be taking a 3 hour nap every time I teach an early morning spin class until my body adjusts to waking up this early again. Spin was great and I came home just a little bit after Brooke woke up. PS I think that she is teething or she is just sick of eating baby food fruit and wants the real deal.
I found the absolute BEST hill climbing song for spin (okay, my sister found it for me but I want to pretend I found it). I am so in love with it (like I am with all of their songs).
I actually wrote these tips out for myself last night to refresh my memory of what I think makes a good spin teacher since it has been over 10 months since I taught my last spin classes.
My tips for being a good spin instructor:
–Start on time. I don’t mind if people come in late or leave early but I know it is important to the class to have a teacher that starts on time. They may have a limited time to work out and they may not want to waste it on waiting for the instructor to get set up.
–Music. This really makes or breaks a class. Keep updated with the newest songs. Choose songs with fast beats and songs that you think will give your class ENERGY.
–Fake it to make it. Even if you are tired and feeling low on energy you just have to fake it:) It is your job to give it your all and to energize your class. If you are tired… oh well:) Push through, put on a smile and give your class an awesome workout. Your energy will really help to determine the energy of the people taking your class.
–Get to know the people in your class. Know people’s name and USE their names during class to encourage them to keep up the good work.
–Make eye contact and really pay attention to each member of your class. It is easy to look down at the ground and just focus on your own workout but making eye contact with class members helps them to push themselves. Paying attention to each member of your class helps you to judge how effective your workout is for them, to check their form (and help them if they need help) and you forget you are working out yourself.
-Before class starts you have find out if you have any first timers. Spend the time to help them set up their bike, teach them about the tension and let them know what your different cues mean.
–VARY your workouts. I switch things up every 1-2 songs. I personally go crazy if I am told I am going to be doing 30 minutes of hills or 10 minutes of sprints etc. so I like to keep my class guessing about what is next and change things up often.
(Don’t worry, I didn’t wear my Christmas socks or coat today to teach)
Lunch was extremely plain but just what I wanted. Spinach salad, chicken (topped with a cup of bbq sauce after the picture), baked potato and an english muffin. Hit the spot. Now to take that nap….
What do you think makes a good fitness instructor?
Any fitness instructors reading? What do you teach?
Favorite fitness class to attend?
On a scale from 1-10 (1=bouncing off the walls, 10= so tired your eyeballs hurt) how tired are you today?
Did you have a plain lunch of an interesting lunch?