5 Strategies to Avoid #Spinclass Instructor Subbing Problems

For the first time ever in many years of coaching indoor cycling classes, my sub did not show up while I was on vacation. Needless to say, the group fitness manager was unhappy and called me to inquire about what happened. I explained that another instructor at the same facility had agreed to sub my class more than 4 weeks ago and I had no idea what happened to him.

I was also upset. I examined my email exchange with the instructor and found that I had sent him two reminders a few days prior to the class, as well as a text message the night before class. Perhaps that is a bit OCD, but I had a strange feeling that something was not right. Although I did not receive a reply, I told myself that we are all professionals and he would be there to sub my class. Little I knew that your standards are not necessarily those of others.

I will admit that most of this is obvious and should not even be noted; however, here are a few strategies that will help you to avoid the above situation:

  1. Make sure you know the sub instructor well: this can be accomplished by attending one of their classes in order to observe their routine and drills. When you know them and they know you, you will be able to properly judge whether that instructor will be someone to call when you need to be subbed.
    Mistake #1: The instructor who agreed to sub was the only one available and I had never met him or attended his classes.
  2. Be aware of communication issues/Murphy’s Laws: when I did not receive a reply to my reminders, I should have contacted other instructors or alerted the group fitness manager to the possibility of a problem. You need to be adamant about followup and confirmations. Use emails, text message or phone calls.
    Mistake #2: When I did not hear back, I simply thought that he is too busy. I trusted that he will show up.
  3. Let your class know that you will be subbed: this is a controversial statement because the instructors are told not to announce that they will be subbed (at this particular facility). It stems from the fact that the facility wants people to show up regularly and want to present opportunities to other instructors.
    Mistake #3: Because I never met that instructor, I should have announced the week prior that a sub instructor will be covering the class. By not doing so, many riders thought that I was the one who did not show up. I think it is good business to announce that you will be subbed and promote the instructor who will cover for you.
  4. Follow procedure (CYA): At this facility, we are required to fill out a form to indicate who will be subbing and when they agreed to sub. I did, but did not attach the email in which he agreed to sub my class.
    Mistake #4: Be OCD about procedure.
  5. Followup: When I found out that the sub instructor did not show up, I immediately emailed him but never received a response. Three days later, I heard back from the group fitness manager that the sub instructor got his dates mixed up. While this is plausible, I find it unusual that this can happen with all the technology tools we have, especially since I emailed and texted him three times to remind him (with no acknowledgement). I have yet to receive an apology from him.
    Mistake #5: Always followup. It is important to know the reason first hand as to why the sub did not show up.

While this is not a “big deal”, I hold myself to a set of standards that are based on good communications and proper followup (not difficult or unrealistic). Problem is, others may not and do not share these standards. Lesson learned.

 

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#Indoorcycling Instructor Retention: 10 Steps to Keep The Best!

CEO: What if we train our employees and they leave?
HR Manager: What if we don’t and they stay?

how_employee_retention_saves_you_moneyWe have often heard that the cost of customer acquisition far outweighs the cost of keeping existing customers. The fitness industry is no different: high turnover of membership as well as a constant struggle to recruit and retain high caliber instructors are common themes. Many studio owners/operators often neglect the primary reason for their success: their instructors. I write this post due to my frustration with my current work at a New York-based indoor cycling studio where, for the past 4 years, not a single dollar has been invested in offering continuing education, CPR training, team building or certification workshops to the instructors.

While I understand that one of the many challenges an indoor cycling studio faces is its operating expenses (including payroll), neglecting your instructors will ultimately lead to their departure. For many studios, as well as larger fitness facilities, the instructors play a critical role in customer retention. Rock star instructors keep classes full, ensure consistency in coaching delivery, build persistent excitement and lend credibility to their workplace. However, not offering the most basic of incentives is something you should seriously reconsider. For example, the studio owner balked at the cost of hosting a CPR/AED certification for the 8 indoor cycling instructors. We were forced to attend the workshop on our own and pay for it individually. Yet again, the owner refused to invest in a certification workshop for new bikes with Bluetooth technology. And, we were never offered any financial assistance when attending industry conferences or continuing education classes.

Some of my readers will probably think that the employer has no obligation to us beyond a paycheck.retention I disagree. It is a good business practice to invest in your workforce – not “spend” but invest. When you do not, the only thing keeping me there is the paycheck. If another studio offers a higher pay, guess what? I will likely leave. By investing in your instructors, you are fostering a relationship of mutual growth, loyalty and dedication. This will set you apart from the competition, even though they may have newer bikes, a more glamorous studio or a national chain supporting them.

Moreover, to dispel your fears if you are a studio owner/operator, the investments I am referring to above range between $50 to $100 a year per instructor. So, for a team of 8 instructors, the “investment” would be about $800 (or less) for the entire year. I will further explain below using examples of what you can do to retain the best indoor cycling instructors for your studio:

1.      Pay for CPR/AED certification: This is imperative. Instructors with no current CPR/AED are a liability that you cannot afford. The average cost is about $50 per instructor and needs to be done every two years.

2.      Share the cost of continuing education classes or conferences: Many of us would greatly benefit from attending a workshop on using power meters, new techniques in group fitness training or related indoor cycling/spinning training classes. Most of these classes are conducted online at less than $75 each.

3.      Share the cost of certification: For many of us, we may need to recertify or obtain new certifications. Why not help by sharing 50% of the cost? For example, recertifying with Mad Dogg Athletics is about $199 every two years. That translates into $50 per instructor per year (the other $50 paid by the instructor). Other platforms like Schwinn or Real Ryder do not require recertification, so there is no additional cost.

4.      Host a team building workshop: This can be done at a very low cost. Once a year, invite all of your indoor cycling instructors to a 2 or 3 hours’ workshop to share experiences, ideas and suggestions. The cost: a couple of pizza pies. If you are an adventurous studio owner, invite an exercise physiologist or Master Instructor to speak to your team and help expand their knowledgebase. Appearance fees vary, but a local expert will typical charge less than a national expert.

5.      Recognize & promote your instructors: An “Instructor of the Month” award goes a long way to establishret good will. The cost: a $10 gift card or voucher for a meal at a nearby restaurant. Promote this award on social media and on the studio’s website.

6.      Establish a performance pay system: Some studios are starting to reward instructors using the “BIS” model (butt in seat). The more attendance you can garner, the higher the reward. For example, if a 50 bike studio is filled to capacity during a certain class/time, you can add $0.10 per bike to that instructor’s pay rate for a total of $5. It is not a lot of money, but it does create a “reward/benefit” approach that several studios are using to retain instructors.

7.      Leverage your instructors’ other talents: Many instructors excel at creative writing which you can put to good use for your studio’s blog. Others are avid cooks, who can share a recipe or two for that blog. Even others are social media /SEO savvy and can promote the studio in very low cost ways. By harnessing these talents, you can monetize the advantage of the human element. A small $10 reward (monthly) for each blog entry will add a new dimension to the retention of that instructor.

8.      Go beyond: This is no-to-low cost. Many instructors would gladly volunteer an hour or two per month to help you host a charitable ride or an event for your local community. There is a level of pride that we all feel when we selflessly give of our time and treasure. By making your studio a community beacon, that sense of pride will transcend the paycheck.

9.      Recognize tenure: Some of your instructors may have worked with you for 5, 6 or more years. Is it acceptable that you still pay them the same rate as the instructor who just started? These tenured instructors are a special breed. Treat them as such without breaking the bank….how about a small raise (3-5%) for every year of service?

10.  Invest in technology/studio: Instructors love it when the stereo equipment is functioning properly, the bikes are in great working condition, the facility is clean and well maintained. It is not just you who looks bad when things are broken – we do too. We appreciate it so much when everything works!!

motivateI believe that for indoor cycling studios owners/operators to succeed, they must differentiate their compensation models to encompass a combination of creative as well as traditional methods. Sometimes, even if a raise is not feasible, instructors will continue to give their best as long as their basics are met: working bikes, functioning stereo, a simple thank you once in a while. Without the basics, there is little left to retain us. And, with the competition heating up, you are faced with important decisions to make. Please remember that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. A simple gesture such as picking up the cost of a CPR class or a thank you note is sometimes all we need.

 

 References:

1.      http://clubindustry.com/human-resources/health-club-operators-face-retention-challenge-millennial-employees

2.      https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-cost-customer-acquisition-vs-retention-ian-kingwill

3.      https://www.zanebenefits.com/blog/bid/312123/employee-retention-the-real-cost-of-losing-an-employee

 

Note: For those instructors who work full time, you may already receive additional healthcare benefits, life insurance, child care reimbursement, etc. This post is mainly targeted at instructors who are paid hourly.

 

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You’re not everyone’s cup of tea–and that’s OK. 6 Strategies, for #indoorcycling instructors, to build a resilient character

It’s a well-known fact that you can’t please everyone. If you try, you will certainly fail. That’s why seeking approval of others is a futile endeavor. This post, perhaps controversial to some, is the result of a personal observation that many indoor cycling instructors can relate to, especially when they are subbing for other instructors.

Last week, I subbed five classes for a fellow instructor who is recovering from shoulder surgery. I have never subbed for this particular instructor, so I asked her about the audience’s demographic and what she liked to do. By attempting to learn more about the riders, I could prepare an appropriate routine with specific drills and companion playlists. In three of the five classes, I witnessed 3 or 4 riders who were in the studio already on the bikes before I arrived, see that I was subbing, get off their bikes and immediately walk out. As they walked out, they turned around and gave me “the look” as if to voice their disapproval and dismay that the regular instructor was not present.question

After several years of teaching indoor cycling classes, this is the one and only rider behavior that I just cannot understand. You’ve already made the trip to the studio, planned your time, paid for the ride, and are ready to work out. Now, you just get up and leave – what gives? You haven’t even seen my routine. I would understand if you leave during the ride because you didn’t like the music or drills, but leaving even before giving me a chance? 

Iteat turns out that this statement – “giving me a chance” – is where I am wrong. It really is not about giving me a chance. It is about me no taking this personally and allowing for the simple possibility that, as an instructor, you are simply not everyone’s cup of tea, even before they take the first sip. So, going back to my original premise that we can’t please everyone, instead, we should focus on pleasing ourselves. Selfish you say? Perhaps, but allow me first to make a good argument by sharing my six strategies of building your character instead of seeking approval from others.

1. Find your unique style and wear it like a badge of honor
Whether its music, choice of drills, your kit, the way you cut your hair or your coaching cues – those are the hallmarks of your character. You have developed this character through years of learning, training, workshops, certifications and a passion to inspire others. If any of this bothers someone to the point of leaving your class, so be it.

2. Embrace the unknown
When subbing, it sometimes feels like you are teaching your first class. This is an opportunity to embrace the ride and riders as you do with regular classes. Show the same passion, energy and spirit. And, for regular classes, do not be afraid to incorporate new drills, inject new routines into your classes, adapt non-indoor cycling workouts to your indoor cycling classes (keeping safety and function in mind) and find new ways to be a better motivator. Leaving the stale and ordinary is the only way to get to the extraordinary.

3. Be inclusive
For those who decide to leave (like what happened when I subbed), let them leave. Focus instead on those who stayed and make them feel that their commitment to fitness will always come first. 

4. Be humble. Be gracious. Be respectful
For those who decide to attend, show your humility, say “thank you”, express gratitude at the chance to sub and be part of their fitness journey, and never miss an opportunity to give a sincere compliment. 

5. Do the right thing
We’ve seen too many instructors using far too many contraindicated moves, from insane cadence with no resistance, to borderline dangerous moves. I am not going to do that, in my regular classes or as a sub. If you don’t like my routine because I do not do the crazy stuff your regular instructor does, then that’s ok. I’d rather that you be safe than sorry.

6. Be confident, not arrogant
Riders who leave the class when you sub may have other reasons than not liking you. It could be that some may feel uncomfortable with the substitute, fearing an instructor who may push them beyond the routine they are used to. To some, that’s reason enough to leave. For you, remain confident in your ability to deliver a powerful class. Show your self-assurance, but avoid any  disparaging comments towards the riders who left. Confidence gives elegance to your delivery.

 

approveAs indoor cycling coaches and instructors, we all want to know that we’re making a difference. The best way to accomplish this is to focus on staying in favor with yourself and not to seek the approval of others.

#RideOn

  

Tom

 

 

#Indoorcycling Studio Owners: Startup Advice – How to Avoid Launch Problems in 5 Easy Steps

In the past 5 years, I have participated in three indoor cycling studio launches. All studio owners invested heavily in their studios, purchasing new bikes, new sound systems and various needed amenities. In addition, they invested heavily in recruiting instructors and staff. Then, their schedules were posted on their websites. Invariably, within six months, all three studios had to pare down the number of classes, had to release instructors and generated significant losses instead of positive revenue. As a veteran indoor cycling instructor, I knew that the launch excitement and enthusiasm clouded the studio owners’ outlook. I also knew that the necessary research was not properly done; that is, the research into the studio’s geographical area, demographics, commuter patterns, proximity to mass transit/major highways, easy access to parking and subscription packages/offers.

I wanted to share the following five suggestions with anyone who is contemplating an indoor cycling studio launch or has launched a studio but is currently struggling to attract riders and generate revenue:

1. Scale Up not Down

One of the studios I worked with launched with 4 classes daily and on scaleup0204131421weekends. The owner hired 12 instructors. So, that’s 28 classes per week. Then the owner proceeded to schedule some of the classes back-to-back. For example, she scheduled a Monday 7pm class, followed by an 8pm class. She also scheduled 8am, 9am, 10am and 11am classes on Saturday. What happened was that there were not enough riders to fill these classes. So the 8pm class on Monday had “zero” attendance because riders went to the 7pm class. Similarly, weekend classes were heavily attended in the 8am and 9am slots but not later simply because riders had family obligations, children activities, etc. As a result, the owner, had to cut back on underperforming classes – now, she offers 2 classes per day and only 5 instructors remain. This caused a strain on her relationship with instructors – not only many instructors had no attendance, but the owner did not readjust the schedule to re-distribute the workload. Therefore, scaling up after launch is far better and more cost effective then scaling down, canceling classes and letting go of instructors.

 2. Avoid Heavy Reliance on Social Discounts

Think about it: if you just launched a new studio and offered a Groupon Supplement-Discountsdiscount package, then you have just defined what your classes are worth – it is called impression of value; and, unfortunately, the impression is of a discount. In other words, customers who purchase that “deal” will have established in their minds a baseline price for your services – which, in effect is the discount price. Now, let’s look at this from the angle of a well-established studio. Such a studio has existing value (or price per class). When they offer a discounted packaged, customers will compare the discounted price to the baseline price per ride and then purchase it based on the fact that it will save them money. The point is that you devalue your studio when you attempt to attract new riders with a social media discount package. Wait until you have a loyal following and a solid reputation; then, and only then, offer a discount package, it at all.

3. Location, Commuters & Demographics

If the studio is not near a major commuting hub or if it is not in a very Location_signs_iconlarge city, attracting riders to early am classes (5am) or late pm classes (8pm) will be difficult. If your market is Los Angeles or New York City, there are enough people who live in these locations to have sufficient traffic/riders to come into your studio. If you are in a small town, look at commuting patterns and your studio’s proximity to mass transit or major highways. These are factors that will play a critical role in increasing ridership and directly contribute to the success of your studio.

4. Simple and Clear Price Packages

When you launch a studio, you will be tempted to offer a variety of price price-tag-01_2packages: student price, senior citizen prices, teen price, 5-pack prices, 1 year subscriptions, and so on. With so many price points, you will create confusion and possibly lead to misunderstandings with customers on what they purchased, when it expires, when to use it, etc. You do not need this headache when you launch. Instead, focus on three price points – for example: single ride price (walk in or online reservation), 5-ride packaged and 10-ride package. These are just suggestions – just try not to create too many packages. Keep it simple and add packages as you become more established.

5. Avoid Competing With Yourself

Many indoor cycling studios launch with several offering such as TRX, maxresdefaultYoga, Personal Training, Nutrition Classes, etc. While this strategy may pay off when you are in a major city or metropolitan area, it probably will not if you are in a small town. Having so many offerings will likely backfire. You will have a few participants in each class, thus creating the impression that your studio is not attracting enough members. Instead, have a laser-like focus on your core model – providing fun, safe and effective indoor cycling workouts. Then, as your business gains traction, you can start looking into other types of exercise to explore the possibility of adding them to your portfolio.

If you need further advice on bike platforms, sound systems, ventilation, studio setup or other startup help, please contact me.

Bonus: Don’t Be Like Them

Your studio should a be a reflection of your vision: what indoor cycling represents and how it benefits the individual. The temptation is too strong to imitate what national chains do or what your competition is doing.  Instead, keep it real, keep it you!! There will be a time to do what other are doing, but for now, as you launch your indoor cycling studio, just be YOU!!

 

Tom

 

 

6 Pet Peeves Of #Indoorcycling Certification Classes/Workshops

Indoor_Cycling_slideshow_2Over the past several years, I have attended numerous indoor cycling workshops and certification classes. I have also attended non-indoor cycling workshops and conferences that focused on general fitness and wellness. Given my background in the IT/Software training industry, I am somewhat more critical than the general public when it comes to evaluating presenters, trainers and speakers. Regardless of the industry, theme or subject, when you are in front of people, there are a few things that you should strive to uphold and not forget. The following is a list of those things that trainers/presenters typically forget – which, in my view, diminishes the quality of the presentation and takes away from the effectiveness of learning:

Arrive Early / Start On Time

This may seem like a no brainer; however, if you’re on time, you’re late. Yes, that is harsh, but arriving early to teach a certification class is a must in my book. As an indoor cycling instructor, when do you arrive to your class? On time? Late? Or, early? You see, I am habitually early to my engagements and I take the extra time to ensure that all equipment and venue setup are what they should be. If not, there is time to address any issues. A few weeks ago, I attended a certification class and the instructor was 20 minutes late and could not start the class until another 20 minutes were spent configuring his laptop and music. There is an element of respect that speaks volumes about your character. So, please, arrive early and start on time.

Have An Outline / Stick To It

There is nothing worse than paying a lot of money for a certification class, then having the instructor start the class with no clear vision about the class objectives, topics and delivery times for these topics. A training outline is an absolute must. Equally important is that, as a subject matter expert, you must adhere to the outline, keep it structured while allowing for questions, but do not deviate so much from the outline that you end up rushing topics that matter. Finally, return to the outline a few times throughout the workshop to remind participants of what topics were covered and how much remains to cover.

Finish Early / Never Finish Late

I absolutely dislike it when the instructor or presenter keeps on going beyond the official end of the class/certification/workshop. Again, this is about respect – respecting participants’ time. As noted in the previous point, a structured outline will help you stay within the workshop’s timeframe. No structure leads to chaos. And chaos, leads to finishing late. Of course, wrapping up a few minutes early is always welcomed and in fact, encouraged! In the extreme case of needing to finish late, please let the participants know so that they are prepared (especially if they have made travel arrangements, such as transportation pickups, flights, etc.).

Never Badmouth Competition / Rise Above

A hallmark of good instructors is their ability to avoid commenting on sensitive topics that may lead to drawn out discussions (such as contraindicated moves). You can diffuse the situation by taking these questions “on the sidelines”. This shows maturity and can easily bring you back to your outline. While questions should be welcomed at all times, keep the answers brief and succinct. Avoid the temptation of speaking poorly of other competing certification classes, other instructors, technologies or equipment.

Make Yourself Available / Remain Engaged

Please share with your attendees your contact information and how you can be reached. Speak to the attendees during breaks and after class. As an instructor myself, there are times when I am hungry, need a bathroom break or just want to go home. However, the attendees paid a significant amount of money to be certified and they deserve a few minutes of your time. Make it clear in your outline that you will be available for questions and if there are any questions that need further research, promise you will do so and get back to the person who asked.

Have Backups / Prepare For Murphy’s Law

Although certification materials can be sent to participants in advance, have a backup copy just in case (paper copy, copy on a flash drive, etc.). When using playlists, bring a backup MP3 player, extra batteries, and use your mobile device or keep a copy online just in case it is needed (storing it on Spotify, Soundcloud or other services). I recently attended a CPR/AED recertification workshop where the instructor wanted to stream videos during the class. Guess what? The WiFi at the facility was down, and with no backup videos, the class was a huge mess.

Have you experienced any other pet peeves? Share them…

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The **Unwritten** Rules of Instructor to Instructor Etiquette for Indoor Cycling Classes – Part 2

In a previous posting, I wrote about these “unwritten” rules because I believed they should be written and honored by indoor cycling instructors. Just when I thought I covered it all, I interacted with a few instructors over the past few weeks that left me wondering and somewhat puzzled. Here is the second of these rules:

 

Instructor to Instructor Rule 1: Don’t hog all of your classes

This may be controversial. But I have known instructors who have taught a specific time slot for the past five years without interruption. While LNQ1099-300x206that is commendable and reflects consistency, I would suggest that you allow for yourself to be subbed once or twice per quarter (probably 4 times a years). For example, if you teach the 6pm Tuesday spot, you would have about 50 classes a year (+/- 3 based on holidays). By allowing your fellow instructors to sub 8% of your classes, you are “keeping the product fresh”. And, honestly there is no risk of losing your audience. Why you may ask? Here is why: when you have been teaching the same spot for 5 years in a row, you have commanded (and earned) a loyal following. You are an uber instructor whose students will reschedule their own birthdays so as not to miss your class!! So, yes, there is no risk if you let another instructor cover for you once in a blue moon.

 

 

Instructor to Instructor Rule 2: Ask me to sub, but don’t sabotage the class

I recently subbed for one of the instructors aforementioned in Rule 1. I knew that her classes are always packed: 25-30 riders. With such o-INDOOR-CYCLING-INSTRUCTOR-facebooknumbers, I thought I would see some riders come in 10mins early to setup. Didn’t happen! I didn’t think much of it and still expected to see at least 20 riders. Guess what….only 6 showed up for class. I did teach the class and at the end had a chance to talk to one of the riders. I then knew why there were so few riders. It turns out the instructor was busy emailing and texting her loyal following the previous week to tell them that she won’t be at that time spot and someone else is teaching. She also explicitly told them not to come…I saw the text message! I was shocked! Really?!!! You would do such a thing? Wow, just when I thought I have seen it all…

Self-preservation be dammed – this is simply unprofessional. And, for the same reasons as in Rule 1, you are NOT going to lose any audience to me. Needless to say, I will never sub for that instructor ever again.

Instructor to Instructor Rule 3: Collaborate

This is not high-school. This is the age of collaboration, social media, smart phones, etc. spin-class-022410-lgDon’t hold all your cards so close!! On occasion, share with your fellow instructors a sample of your playlists, your Spotify or SoundClound selections as well as any new information you gather from workshops, conferences or continuing education. When you share, you enrich the rest of us who will always be grateful and appreciative. We will also return the favor – it’s natural.

 

 

Instructor to Instructor Rule 4: Promote one another

Hey it doesn’t hurt for you to announce in your class that there are other indoor cycling sessions taught by your fellow instructors. Weslide1 appreciate that and we will reciprocate. We all benefit from a bit of shameless promotion, right? Again, have no fear, you uber instructors out there, because as noted in Rule 1, you will not lose any of your loyal following.

 

 

 

Got it? Good!

 

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The **Unwritten** Rules of Instructor to Instructor Etiquette for Indoor Cycling Classes

I never thought I would be writing such a post, but what happened last week made me rethink these “unwritten” rules and in fact, they should be written, respected and adhered to.

This all arose from a pet peeve of mine which is basic cleanliness at indoor cycling studios. Many studios provide towels and  wipes to encourage riders to wipe down their bikes after each class as well as clean up the area around their bikes. It is taken for granted that instructors would be held to similar standards; or so I thought. It turns out, I have to state the obvious yet again and highlight some instructor behaviors that make me, as an indoor cycling instructor, disappointed and to a large extent, royally peeved.

When dealing with a mess left by an instructor who just finished teaching the time slot before yours, you are left with little time to clean the mess and setup for your class. Therefore, I call on all indoor cycling instructors to respect and abide by the following rules – here we go:

 

Instructor to Instructor Rule 1: Wipe down the bike AND the floor.sweat

That means (I can’t believe I am actually writing this!) use the wipes to wipe down the handlebars, seat, bike frame, resistance knob, adjustment knobs and anywhere else you dripped sweat. Simple, right? You would think so, but last week, a veteran instructor made me question his sanity. Moreover, please wipe down the puddle that forms on the floor. It is great you had an awesome ride, but I can’t tolerate to step into, much less, clean your mess. Really, YOUR MOM DOES NOT WORK HERE! Please cleanup your messes, no matter how small.

 

Instructor to Instructor Rule 2: Leave nothing behind.messy-cables-570x379

Take your gear, including your water bottle, gel seat cushion, wires, electronics, mobile phone, CD’s, sandwich, gum wrappers, juice/shake bottle, gym bag, coat, and the kitchen sink.

 

Instructor to Instructor Rule 3: Finish on time or a couple of minutes early.untitled

I may be asking for too much to have you finish early, but I am not when I am asking you to seriously finish on time. If your class ends at, say 9:45am, please make sure you and your group are wrapping up and on your way out by then. That does not mean for you to perform your cool down routine at 9:45am and vacate the studio at 9:55am when my class starts at 10am. The courtesy of an on-time finish is a lost art these days. Respect the next time slot.

Instructor to Instructor Rule 4: Social media – take it outside.blah blah

I know you are very popular and class participants want to chit-chat, take pictures to post and tag. While that’s super dandy, please take it outside of the studio so that I can focus on my students and help them when needed. The studio is not a hangout spot; how about the lounge area or the coffee shop down the street? Better? I thought so.

 

Instructor to Instructor Rule 5: Turn down the mic volume & master volume switches.sc_b006o711v0-04front2_lg

There is nothing worse than you finishing late, forcing me to rush and hook up my music to an already maxxed out volume setting ensuring I will scare the living daylights of everyone in the studio. Thank you very much.

 

Instructor to Instructor 6: Reset the bike.Bicicleta%20Athletic%20Spinning%205805BS%20gran

Many indoor instructors adjust the bike’s seat elevation and handlebar position. That’s fine. However, if you move the bike because you like it in a certain place, please move it back to its original spot, because….I like it there! Got it! Good.

 

All I ask is common courtesy and respect. Please do not be offended if you get asked (by me) to cleanup or do something you should have done. We are all in this together – teamwork, right?