While I was training for the marathon last year, I started going to a sixty-minute spin class as part of my cross-training. Something resonated in me every time I left that studio.
Could this be my new career??
I began researching how to become an instructor. To my surprise, there were several options on becoming certified. But which was the best route? So I went to Google with hope of finding my answer.
I read about AFAA and there was a deal on their GEAR / Indoor Cycling Instructor, Music Selection, and Mental Toughness fit package. I purchased it and began the online training which included videos and quizzes after each section. I passed my final exam with flying colors.
I was beyond excited and set up an audition right away. But I soon realized I never received a certificate. I didn’t want to chance it, so I re-scheduled my audition. After conducting more research, I soon discovered that I didn’t complete an actual certification, just received credits.
So I went back to the drawing board. I found Mad Dogg Athletics® and there was a training in Philly in a few weeks. I signed up and received the manual in the mail. I was returning home from Myrtle Beach the day before the live workshop and our flight was cancelled. My fiancé got a rental car and drove home through the night.
The day of the live workshop was split between reviewing the manual and two 45-minute rides. The manual information was similar to AFAA on safety and set up. After the workshop, I had 30 days to take the exam. I took the exam and became an official Certified Spinning® Instructor in April.
My first audition didn’t go very well. I thought I was prepared but my nerves got the best of me. I went on another and the same thing happened.
A few weeks later, I went on auditions at two local gyms and got hired!
The next thing I needed was to get First Aid/CPR/AED certified. I found an upcoming workshop with the American Red Cross. It consisted of a quick online overview + quizzes that took about two hours to complete prior to attending the live workshop. The workshop consisted of reviewing the online material while practicing with dummies.
I started teaching in the beginning of August and the happiest I have ever been.
Are you interested in hearing more about instructing? Let me know 😊
Both trainings I completed were great and would recommend. Just make sure to complete the AFAA Group X Instructor training along with the Indoor Cycling / G.E.A.R. If you want more info, check out AFAA and Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning.
This is not a sponsored post, just my personal experience