What to Look for in a Great Spin Instructor from What to Look for in a Great Spin Instructor

What to Look for in a Great Spin Instructor

If you’re in search of a heart-pumping, sweat-dripping, calorie-scorching cardio workout, then spinning is certainly a great option. But before you sign up for the nearest, next available class, it’s a good idea to first find out who will be teaching it and whether or not they’ve got good reviews.

Spinning might seem like a pretty straightforward workout, but it’s more than just pedaling away furiously for 40 minutes and cycling with a great instructor is the best way to ensure you’ll get the most out your session.

Short of trying a class to find out what the instructor is like, not only can you ask your fellow gym members what they thought of a class and the instructor, but you can also check up on instructor ratings online. Sites like RateYourBurn.com offer expert and user reviews for fitness instructors, and many spin studios feature profiles for each of their instructors on their websites.

So, as you conduct your spin instructor research, what should you look out for?

To help identify the qualities that all great spin instructors demonstrate, we recruited the expertise of Mimi Benz, owner of The Sweat Shoppe. Here’s what she said makes for a truly stand-out spin instructor.

Athleticism

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“Customers come to us to be motivated and inspired,” Benz said. “Our trainers are leaders during the ride, so they have to showcase their athleticism during the ride.”

Personality

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“No one wants to spend 55 minutes being guided by a trainer who has zero personality. Our trainers must own the room,” Benz explained.

Versatility

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“A great trainer is a versatile trainer,” Benz said. “Keeping the body guessing and on its toes yields greater results in the fitness department. To avoid plateauing, our trainers have to keep their formats ever changing, and in order to do that, they can't teach inside a box. They have to mix their formats.”

A Love for Music

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“We love music at the Sweat Shoppe,” Benz said. “Music is the blood that pumps to the heart of a cycling class. Without fresh, fun music a class can flat-line. A great trainer understands how important music is and has a genuine love and passion for finding the freshest beats to keep our riders moving.”

Passion

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“Riders know when a trainer is faking it,” Benz explained. “Passion is like a magnet — it attracts!”