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Spin class question(11 posts)

Spin class questionPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 29, 2002 8:32 PM
I'm just wondering how you'd feel about a spin class instructor who stayed predominantly off the bike. I obviously train outside of my spin classed and since the intervals my classes enjoy most have no bearing on my actual training I'm wondering how you feel about an instructor who stays off the bike. How many people feed off the instructor going all out? The way I figure it is all a spin class instructor is is essentially a coach. So I don't really see a reason why he needs to be on the bike except in case beginners need to be shown what to do.

re: Spin class questionjtolleson
Oct 29, 2002 8:41 PM
I have attended a class where the instructor did just that. I thought it was great; much more of a personal training aspect to it.

Some class participants are insecure about being watched or critiqued, and being approached with pointers may breed resentment (which is why instructors sometimes generally say things like "don't forget to relax your elbows" or "check your cadence" to the whole class when they are really speaking to just one person).
re: Spin class questionSteve_0
Oct 30, 2002 4:09 AM
if you go that route, you might consider pulling people from class to be up front....I would think people paying money to exercise expect some sort of leadership by example; not necessarily simple direction.
Wouldn't that be embarassing?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 30, 2002 4:39 AM
Personally I'd think being put at the front of the class when I just came to do it would be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Then you'd also have to change saddle position, clip in, etc.

I dunno...Steve_0
Oct 30, 2002 5:12 AM
my highschool gym teacher used to use that strategy; i dont know about anyone else, buy i KNOW i worked harder on my days to lead than any other day.... I wasnt going to be the guy who peters out in front of the entire class.
Key word is high school gym teacher :)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 30, 2002 6:56 AM
For you thats a positive experience since you worked harder but I'm sure some people are mentally scarred for life from that experience and I don't feel like bringing back those memories. Although maybe I could ask if someone wanted to come to the front and let them do it on a volunteer basis.

again it dependsColnagoFE
Oct 30, 2002 7:26 AM
I am the kind of person who likes to hang out and do my own workout when I'm taking a class, but I know people that love to be up front--usually the more experienced people--and this can be the highlight of their week.
In my classes.....PEDDLEFOOT
Oct 30, 2002 5:32 AM
I instruct both on and off bike.Some of the students are a little more sensitive to me coming up to them so I usually use a gesture towards them from a distance.They seem to understand this and it works well.Others really appreciate the extra effort and attention.It comes down to knowing your students.New students really need the extra attention and I focus on them alot during a class.

As for going all out during your class I advise not to.You can't focus on the ride and your students if you are really expending alot of energy on yourself.Try to maintain your HR between 65-75% during your class so you can maintain focus on your students rather than yourself.Godd luck in your classes.
How do you keep your hr down?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 30, 2002 6:58 AM
Out of curiousity how do you keep your heart rate down? I know the minute I bring the tension up or stand up normally my heart rate sky rockets.

How do you keep your hr down?xxl
Oct 30, 2002 1:17 PM
I think that when an instructor is off the bike, they are effectively saying "I'm training you, and not just letting you work out next to me," and that's a good thing. Of course, if you were never on the bike, that'd be weird, too. My favorite instructors usually do a little of both, and are always focused on position/technique, without singling anyone out. It works for me.

On keeping the HR down, you just back off, take deep breaths, and yes, you will not be doing the same workout as your class, but you're coaching them, right? Treat these as recovery periods for your usual training schedule. You may find, over time, that your class develops into a core of "regulars," which will allow you to participate more in their workouts, as well as try new stuff with them.
Oct 30, 2002 7:21 AM
On the bike when you need to be and off when you need to be. Mix it up. I am mostly on the bike unless I need to correct form or check on the back rows.