Lessons From Spin


As you know, I recently qualified as a spin instructor and have been teaching at BOOM Cycle in Holborn. Prepping for my first class took me a few weeks and had me wracked with nerves. But about 30 seconds in to that first session I realised, ‘I frikkin’ LOVE this!’ I’m now about to start my fourth week of teaching and thought I’d jot down the three biggest things I’ve learned so far.

Read the Crowd

The mindset of your class participants will differ depending on the time of day. You can’t coach exactly the same way in an early morning class as you would in a lunchtime or evening class. Sure, the end goal is the same – we all want a good workout and ultimately, to be fitter, but the messages that’ll get us there will depend on where your focus is at that time of day. Early morning classes, you want to shake off a bad night’s sleep and get ready for the day. Lunchtime – you want to refocus and re-energise to get you through your afternoon. Evening – you want to let loose a little and release the stresses of the day. The coaching differences you use for these as an instructor may be subtle, but they’re important. And you can’t just have your instructor pep level set to 1000% throughout your set either. Some moments call for quiet concentration, other moments people need you to push them more – you’ve gotta learn how to read that.

Music is tough!

Before I started teaching, I had all these (what I thought would be) absolutely amazingly badass playlists going on in my head, then it turned out, when I tried to spin to them, they were pants! Music is a tough one, ’cause you’re never going to be able to please everybody. What gets one person going can turn another one off completely. And you can’t just put together a playlist of your favourite tunes – believe it or not, people have different taste to you! Getting a balance of what works musically, what actually does the job in terms of heart rates, what tunes go together, the choreography you do to each tune etc is really time consuming. Putting a good class together really is an art.

Seeing someone ‘get it’ is the best feeling in the world

I totally underestimated how awesome it feels to help people get fit. In my first class, there was a guy in the back row, he was a little chubby, he wasn’t getting all the moves – but he was having the time of his life. He had a giant smile on his face as he went for it and sweat poured off him. At the end of the class when I asked him how it was he said ‘It was incredible!’ and he bought a bunch of classes. Result! I have another lady who’s become a regular at my classes and is just getting into fitness and it’s so great to see her be able to push herself a little more each time. Totally gives me the warm and fuzzies. I just love it.

I have lots to learn as an instructor but I’m really pleased with how it’s been going so far. I’m having the best time figuring it all out.

If you haven’t already, please come down to one of my classes. I teach at BOOM Cycle Holborn on Wednesdays at 7:15pm and Saturdays at 10am. Meet me on the bike!

For the month of May, BOOM Cycle have a great deal: 15 days of unlimited classes for £25. Use the promo code BANGSISAWESOME when you buy.

4 Responses to “Lessons From Spin”
  1. Andrea says:

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying your teaching – congratulations on doing such a great job! What sort of course did you do for this and where, if you don’t mind me asking?

  2. Kelsey says:

    It’s always interesting to hear a instructors point of view! I can’t wait to try one of your classes but your current ones clash with the aerial stuff I do :(

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I’m teaching my first yoga class to absolute strangers (i’ve been forcing friends and family to do it til now) on May 25th…. i dont think it’s hit me yet, but im beginning to dread it…. I’m starting to have plenty of doubts regarding my choice of music.

    I used to be a teacher of languages and literature….ages ago. Anyway, I believe the read the crowd point applies in every instance of teaching. You have to look at who is in front of you, why are there there, and be open to change your plans for them to get the best out of their class.

    I’m moving back to the UK soon, and i plan to go to one of your lessons. I havent done spinning in years (since the silly injury) but used to love it so much, so maybe i give it a go and see how it evolves from that xxxx

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