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“Top 10 Things “THEY” Don’t Tell You When You Become A Spin Instructor”
Listen, take it from me when I say there’s no better feeling than signing on as an Instructor at the Studio or Gym you hope to call Home! You’re going to welcome so many guests day in and day out while you host killer classes with bangin’ playlists leaving those clients drenched in sweat, smiling from ear to ear! You’ll be stoked to learn how to open the Studio, how to close up shop, work the sound-board, how to sign-in new clients, handle transactions, clean, stock, ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE (major key) the whole nine yards. What THEY don’t tell you are these 10 things that you’re bound to learn REAL QUICK!
1. You WILL need to rehearse your playlists.
Listen, this isn’t to say that you need to run through the full 45 minutes of your “routine” before every class you teach. However, when you first begin, you definitely want to have an idea of what choreography and exercises you want to start off with at the beginning of each song. There’s nothing worse than crunching and pushing for 2, 3 4, 5 songs in a row. Oh wait, yes there is, freezing up and shooting a blank. “Are we just riding it out today?…”
2. You’re going to stress TF out.
No but really. Especially when you’re new to teaching and you just received your schedule and you know when your first class is taking place. You’re going to be so anxious to start that you may consider a sprint for your first song! Don’t you dare. The stress is natural, let’s be real, you most likely have a 9-5 job, additional side-work, grocery shopping to do, laundry on top of that, food to prep, a paper to write, an apartment to clean and your own workout to fit in. My eyes are widening as I type. Take a breath, complete your playlist, get a gist of what you are going to do and honestly when you hit the stage and that beat drops, you’ll be swept away by what you choreographed and created. So will the clients! Don’t worry. (And then get your tasks done).
3. You will be exhausted AF.
I’m talking completely drained. You are basically jogging (more like running) for 45 minutes while talking. Take note that studies show 5 out of 4 people hate running and then you want to throw in conversation on top of that?! Of course you do! Otherwise, you wouldn’t want to teach Spin! Forewarned.
4. You will listen to your playlist to and from work and everywhere in between.
You will listen in the car, you will listen to and far. You’ll even listen while at work, you will listen while you twerk. In the shower or in your room. On a sunny day or a day of gloom. You’ll listen to it at the gym, or while you’re waiting for your time to spin.—You get the gist yo.
5. You’ll catch yourself crunching and pushing at the steering wheel.
No joke, it could be a banger of a song you are hearing from the first time, a throwback on the radio, or just a poppin’ song that tugs on your eardrum. You’re going to start, “crunching twice and pushing twice” which will eventually lead you to “singling it out”. Never-mind the looks you’ll get as people drive-by. Chances are they’re just wondering what you’re listening to and if you’re sane. Everything is fine Carol, come to my spin class, its LIT!
6. Bring extra clothes.
I don’t spin in DRI-FIT shirts. I prefer to spin in very light and breathable long-sleeve henleys from H&M, Lucky Brand, Zara or Express. I love to sweat when I workout, I’m a wrestler. I’ve invested in a few pair of compression pants (yoga pants, whatevs) but nothing that compares to the caliber of Lululemon. What I am trying to say is, chances are you are going to be a sweaty mess after class and if you plan on hanging around afterwards you are bound to be cold and uncomfortable. My advice is to at least bring a shirt to change into. The compressions tend to air-dry pretty fast but that shirt will be soaked. Which transitions nicely into number seven…
7. Bring a towel for your car seats.
I wish someone would have told me this off the rip. If you’re ballin’ like Embiid and have the whole leather seat thing going on for you then hey, trust your process. However, for us that are rockin’ out with stock seats it is imperative to have a few towels on deck to sit and lean back on unless you want those large, weird looking stains on your seats. Trust me you don’t. No one enjoys detailing their own car and if you do, please CUTLOOSE & SLIDE INTO MY DM because my Civic is due! Towels are cheap. Head to Wal-Mart or something and grab 3-5 for $10. I keep them in my trunk. You’re welcome!
8. You’ll make playlists on the go.
Like everywhere. On your way to work you’ll scroll through songs and think, “Oh! This song pops!” and you’ll add it. You will be waiting in line somewhere adding songs to a playlist, on your computer making a playlist, at work, at the gym or studio, you’ll be in bed creating a list when you should actually be going to sleep. You’ll create a playlist while you’re watching Netflix, while you’re chillin’, cooking dinner. I’m not going to lie, I’m still listening to songs from “New Music Friday” on Spotify and I’m currently making a playlist while I blog. Get used to it, it’s real.
9. Your SoundHound game will become strong AF.
Get familiar with SoundHound, Shazam or Siri because identifying music will become your new hobby as a Spin Instructor. No lie, you’ll get so good at it that you can take your phone out mid-conversation, know where that app is on the home screen and begin holding that button down to quickly ID the song you plan to add to your playlist. All of this while your friend is spilling the juice about last nights Tinder date. Don’t worry you’ll see. PS–Night clubs, the gym and car rides with friends are the best times and places for identifying music. Take note.
10. There will be a time where “winging it” will be appropriate.
To be perfectly honest, if you’re adding music to your playlist, chances are you know how the song makes you feel and you know how you plan to move and how you would like your clients to move. If you find yourself over-planning for class, or over-stressed from the day leading to you becoming overwhelmed before class, remember this: “Spin is supposed to be enjoyable and fun. When that beat drops, you become mindless and the only thing that matters are those clients and the 45 minutes you have to show them one heck of a time, empowering them to return.” So let that music play, catch that beat, feel the rhythm and count them in!
CUTLOOSE & HAVE FUN WITH IT,