- Any SPIN instructors (or fanatics) on here?
Music-wise my ideal spin class would be dance remixes of the current radio one playlist interspersed by some heavier stuff – pendulum, prodigy, old school Moby etc.
I’m annoyed by instructors who demand so many sprints that you can’t possibly really sprint them all, and ones that do silly press-up things on the bars. Avoid that and i’d be happy/motivated.Posted 8 years agoantigeeMember
make sure everyone can hear your instructions – stopped going to one class as had no idea what was going on
best class i went to the instructor really worked at getting you to work with the rhythm of the music – i’d never really got this before and realised i’d missed out – think had a fancy cd player where you could slightly change the speedPosted 8 years agoPhilbyMember
Also suggest doing pyramid sessions building up a few different exercises from 20 seconds to a minute e.g. sitting climb, followed by standing climb, followed by 60/70% effort, and finally a sprint, then repeat for 40 seconds and then repeat for a minute.
Another one I like is high intensity time-trialling for 3/4 minutes.
Also quite good to get the class members involved in choosing the next exercise e.g. for one track ask individuals to chose either a standing climb, a seated climb, seated sprint or standing sprint – can also help you to get to know their names which is always a good thing.
Finally also focus on technique (and even bike set up) – its amazing the appalling lack of technique that some people have – and perhaps more worryingly the lack of guidance from the instructor.Posted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Don’t keep winching the resistance up higher and higher – unless you’re training them all for track team sprint standing starts, it isn’t needed.
Make any “climbs” last a good 10 minutes – that’ll get them sweating.
Back when I had a gym membership, I used to do back to back 45 min spin classes. Grr!Posted 8 years ago
Ok so you can tell its my day off today, well until this evening…..
I am leading my first spin class in a couple of days and am more than a bit nervous 😕
Anyone got any tips on how to keep my class motivated and any specific music tips? (They have just thrown me in at the deep end and asked me to sort it all!)
🙂Posted 8 years agodirtygirlonabikeMember
i thought you had to be trained to be a spin instructor?
anyway, i’m a spin fantatic – i go up to 4 times a week in winter time, (too nice to be inside in the summer), and the classes are 45mins – 1hr.
music is important, clear instructions, time to recover (but not enough time to fall asleep), and variety. don’t single people out in the class and tell them to work harder etc – seen it done a few times in the classes i go to, and it usually ends with words being said. the one thing i really hate is when an instructor makes you do stuff like press ups on the bars, arms work, dance etc – fortunately there’s only one in my gym who does this and i avoid her classes. the standing up for 8, sitting for 8, then switching to 4 is quite good.Posted 8 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
We had an instructor who took in a pack of cards – each suit was a different activity – sprint, climb, whatever, and the number of the card was the amount of time – times 10 – in seconds, so the 4 of hearts might be a 40 second sprint – good for mixing it up.
One really clever instructor actually mapped out an imaginary ride, gentle warm up, couple of hills, flat out sprint, all in time to different beats of musicPosted 8 years agoNZColSubscriber
Am trained too. Used to run 90 minute classes which i setup to be a sort of ‘mimic’ of a few well known rides in these parts i.e. had roughly the same sort of climbs and flats etc. Put music too it then put in some group sprints and KoM and QoM type stuff. Was alwyas full with a waiting list which i was quite proud of. Got bored of it though and anyway it was usually full of my mates who were avoiding riding around in grotty weather !Posted 8 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Best instructor I’ve had was a real roadie, he used to have great music and never said much – he just got the class to really imagine the hills, climbs and sprints as if they were actually riding a real bike. He used to dim the lights and get you to really follow the music along the “road”. Excellent classes, used to go so quickly, you didn’t realise how hard you’d worked.
It’s really important to keep the rhythm, so you need music that doesn’t stop / change beat all the time. As others have said, don’t push it up so people can’t possibly do it all, and tell them how long the next climb / sprint etc is going to last, so they can judge how much to put into it.
Good luck – you’ll love it!Posted 8 years ago
wors, i did an advanced personal training course combined with cert in gym instruction. Spin training was optional but it was included in the G.I course so it made sense to me due being a mountain biker and taking part in spin classes 3 times a week myself. Total for the course was approx £1k but thats a small price to pay for me to be able to leave my office job behind 🙂Posted 8 years ago
Thanks again to all for the advice – yea i’m told most of the best spin instructors are roadies but i really dislike road cycling – i do regular triathlons and i absolutely dread the road ! If i could swim another 50 lengths instead i would 🙂stumpy01Member
The stand for 8, sit for 8…..then 6, then 4, then 2 is good and gets the old thighs reet burning.
We also used to do sprints from one end of the class to the other, one at a time but it was a small class so probably not possible in large groups, unless you maybe have sections sprinting while other sections recover.Posted 8 years ago
i broke mine 2 weeks ago mate and im only just going to spin classes. Only cos its all i can do. Im sorry to put a downer on your plans but i wouldnt expect to be able to train for an event for at least 3-4 weeks. But if u manage it then good on you. As im self-employed now and not working while im broken im being pretty anal about resting and tsking on lots of calcium etc.
Best advice mate is rest and healthy eating cos your bod needs the nutrients to heal.
Good luck and i hope you make the event 😀
macPosted 8 years agocharliemortSubscriber
good climbing one is the Gorillaz one about a Mountain – think it is “Fire Coming out of a Monkey’s head” but might be “Every planet we reach is dead”
for sprints there is a Robbie one with a slow chorus and fast verses (or vice versa) – not my sort of thing but good for sprints and recovery. About 10 years old but God knows what it was called – anyone?
best instructor i had was a disgustingly fit cheerful bloke called Andrea who was in the Brazilian Triathlon Team – could spin up hill at 110 cadence with a grin on his face………Posted 8 years agoalwynMember
I have a Turbo and do it three times a week for about an hour.
Start – Put on some good high pace drum and bass and get 2 litre bottles of juice / water
10 minute warm-up
3 x high cadence 1 minute @ 120 with 30 seconds slow in between
6 x 3.30 minutes at 80% followed by 3.30 minutes at 90%
This is a very hard set, I use it to train for 25 mile TTs. It will get them fit.Posted 8 years agojet26Member
I used to go to a class (also done by a roadie) who would get quite descriptive with scene setting etc – bit cheesy but helps.
e.g. we’re all cycling down a hilly road by the beach, sun’s shining and we’re racing blah, blah, blah..you can see the other team ahead and we’re all going to work together and reel them in etc
If done right and you get everyone onboard worked well and gave it a bit more of a team feel rather than everyone working as individuals…
Just my thoughts anyway!Posted 8 years ago
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