It has been almost a week since I became a certified Schwinn Indoor Cycling instructor. I have been meaning to share my thoughts on the day, but of course back to work means back to busy and craziness!
I headed into the city bright and early to get to the Crunch Gym on Cooper Street at 8am.
I set up my bike and got ready for the day. It was so awesome to have Jen there with me too! It’s nice to have someone you know to bounce ideas off of and vent with. 🙂
We started off by going through our manual, learning how to do a quick bike fit and a proper bike fit. They gave us plumb lines to keep, to help properly set up bikes on our members. I was shocked to see that my seat actually needs to be at 13! I have been riding at 10, but now I know how to actually set up the bike in a way that is easy to understand and to the point.
After some education we took our first ride of the day. Our instructor really taught us through the monitors on the bike and it was amazing. I worked really hard because of all of the cues she gave us and pushed myself harder.
Note to riders: Position 2, Jumps and any other choreographed movement in contraindicated in the Schwinn world. Life changing. There is actual research that says that position 2 can be bad for your knees.
After our ride we broke for a very quick lunch. Note: Bring a lunch, snacks and water! Also bring a change of clothes because you don’t want to sit in sweaty clothes for the rest of the day.
We then went through the rest of the manual and learned how to plan a ride. The whole thing truly turned my world upside down but for the good! I now have a better idea of how to plan rides that are hard, motivating and helps members reach their fitness goals.
My advice if you want to become a cycling instructor, get your training from Schwinn!