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Spin classes - Do you do and what do you look for?(6 posts)

Spin classes - Do you do and what do you look for?maurizio
Aug 4, 2003 1:44 PM
My wife wants to open a spin studio as she is really into it. I do one class a week as they are a nice mental break from regular training - good for leg speed work too!
How many of you regularly attend a spin class - even during the season?
would you rather pay for each class or for an unlimited membership?
What would you look for in a spin studio?
We plan to offer a complimentary water bottle for each bike, each class. Fresh towels, a variety of clipless pedal systems, a CD-Rom of you riding on the bike to see what your form looks like.
Any other ideas?
Thanks!
re: Spin classes - Do you do and what do you look for?newridr
Aug 4, 2003 2:07 PM
Well, personally, I belong to a gym (specifically a YMCA) that has a solid set of facilities rather than just a spin room. Again, personally, I wouldn't join just a facility that was only a spin room. Anyone interested in off-season training is probably also going to be doing a full regimine and not just one specific cardio routine such as spinning.

As for the summer, I'm out on the bike and not in some room going nowhere. Most of my friends are the same and even one friend who is a spin instructor cuts back on hours in the summer as demand falls way off. I'm not trying to be a sour puss, but i think you'll have a hard go of it by being a spin-only facility - look at all the soccer moms and other gym members that bounce from fad work out to fad work out. Remember Tae Boe? Many gyms jump on the band wagon in order to survive and then drop the program when the next new thing comes along.
good luckColnagoFE
Aug 4, 2003 2:53 PM
i've been a certified spin instructor for years now. i think spinning is great and a quick way to get a workout in regardless of weather. that said...as a business i think you'll have a tough go. most health clubs offer it now for no extra charge other than membership fee. i used to work at a spin-only studio that charged roughly $10 a class and it was packed for a while during the spin boom, but attendance fell off in the summer and eventually all year until they had to close. i think the spin "boom" is over now, but strong programs still exist in many gyms across the US.
where are you located?CritLover
Aug 4, 2003 5:02 PM
In NY they are still very popular. There is a small class in Brooklyn (it is a spin only gym with 12 bikes) and it is filled all winter. Many of us have complained that they didn't offer enough classes. They charged per class with a discount if you paid for 10. The instructor was a track national champ which didn't hurt either.

The best thing I think they offered was a deal for whole teams or clubs to rent a time slot every week. I wanted my team to do it, but they all live in Manhattan where spin classes are everywhere.

Another great thing was that certain days focused on certain skills. Tuesday were sprinting, Thursdays and Sundays were climbing, and the weekends were longer to mimic the weekend rides.

The problem with the form is that it is on a spin bike, not your regular bike, so I'm not sure how much that info is needed.

If you're around here I'll sign up. Good luck!
Question on how to get certified as a spin instructor?Swat Dawg
Aug 4, 2003 7:27 PM
I have been thinking about getting certified as a spin instructor. I think it would be fun to teach and a good opportunity to make some money doing what I want to do anyway. I have done a few classes, I'm young, and I think very employable. Maybe I'll just get certified first before I start trying to get a job.
see spinning.comColnagoFE
Aug 5, 2003 6:01 AM
If you think you're gonna make lots of $ doing it though you are probably mistaken. Might combine it with a personal training or other group exercise cert if you want to do it as a career rather than a sideline.