Our Wish List as Participants

A fellow instructor had asked me to post this article about cycling instructors’ pet peeves. I received a lot of feedback from instructors as well as class participants. Theseindoor-cycling participants chimed in with their own set of pet peeves directed mostly at instructors. It turns out that we are not perfect either :-). So using this feedback, the following post brings in the participants’ point of view.

Don’t Break Our Eardrums

Yes, sometimes you play the music way way loud. Please do a quick walk through in the studio to assess the acceptable volume levels.

Don’t play the same playlist six weeks in a row

It gets boring after a while. With the abundance of music resources, please consider using the same playlist no more than twice in a row. Also, please be aware of the class demographics and music preferences. Ask us!! We will tell you. Share with us your Twitter/Facebook info so that we can forward you some music suggestions.

Ask us how we are doing & please make eye contact

We do not want to be ignored for the whole ride. Make eye contact and at least once or twice ask if everyone is doing OK and encourage us to be vocal about how the workout is going. We also like it when you call us by our first names and encourage us or congratulate us after a tough challenge. We like compliments! It’s ok if you want to walk around and high five us!

Please start on time and finish a bit early

We all have things to do and places to be. Please start on time and do not worry about the late comers. We also would appreciate it if you could finish the workout a few minutes early so that we can get our stuff and make it to the next class on time or catch the train. But please do not run the class later than the scheduled end time and please do not start late either.

Stop yapping

We hear you. You do not have to talk the whole time.

Don’t pick on me

We appreciate your suggestions and corrections. But please, do not use open mic to target me specifically in front of the whole class. May we suggest that you talk to us off mic (dismount and come over if we are doing something stupid or dangerous).

Please keep it clean

Please do not use profanity or music that includes explicit lyrics. Yes, we know there are uber studios that see no problem with that. However, for the most part we would appreciate it if you could stay away from such playlists.

No bragging, criticizing other instructors or TMI

We honestly would prefer if you do not berate other instructors, staff or management. We simply don’t care. But it shows bad taste. We also don’t care where you’ve been, how many classes you have taught this week and how many likes you have on Facebook. Just keep things focused on the workout. Less is more.

Own the room

Arrive early and please have the music playing before the class starts so that when we walk in, it wouldn’t take too much to get into the groove. Also, let the music play even after the workout has concluded. Please stay for a few minutes at the end in case we have any questions.

Let me be!

Some of us get in the groove and we want to climb when the rest are seated. Sometimes, there is a personal connection to a specific soundtrack that makes us want to go 1000%. Other times, it has been a long day and we are not 100%. Some of us are new to cycling and feel a bit intimidated. Unless we are doing something stupid or dangerous, let us rock it out or just stay seated.


Now we have heard from both sides. Please share any comments or insights with me. Thanks!!



Indoor Cycling Etiquette & My Wish List as an Instructor

Every now and then, I encounter someone in my classes that reminds me why the following rules are important and should not be forgotten. One of my fellow instructors asked me to post this as her blog is not setup yet. Here it is, unpolished, as is, and with bit of a Jersey attitude…

If you’re on time, you’re late!!clock

Yep, you heard this one right. Please be considerate in your arrival time for class and if you are new to indoor cycling, please arrive at least 10minutes early so that I can help you setup, safely and properly. In a recent class, a new rider arrived 10minutes late and demanded that I stop teaching to show them how to setup their bike. Other times, I see new riders come in late, take a bike in the back and hop on without any adjustments. Then, for the next 20 minutes, they proceed to struggle and fiddle with the bike forcing me to stop the workout, dismount and set them up correclty. Why? Because more often than not, there is a high risk of injury — and that is the last thing anyone wants.

Don’t ask me to keep the music down for the whole ride!

In yesterday’s class, one rider yelled several times and motioned to turn down the music volume, repeatedly. While I play my tunes at safe levels using an app and, yes, keeping OSHA decibel guidelines in mind (and never mind the nagging of GF manager to stop blowing up speakers), this was just weird. She even said that “there is way too much noise in here and all around me wherever I go” – OK dudette, if there is too much noise, why are you here? Seriously, and with all due respect, we have to teach to a certain cadence range and BPM levels; I just can’t turn the volume down and expect other riders to accept that….The good of the many outweigh the good of the few…Spock…Star Trek. EPIC!!

This is not high school!!school

Stop with the yap yap yap and the chatting…it’s distracting and other riders do not appreciate it. Seriously dudes and dudettes, focus on the ride and keep the social “catching up” to a minimum.

Texting, emailing & calling while riding!

OK – you have heard this before…please please please, do not bring you cell phone into the studio and worse, take a call. I remember during a class a while ago, I was teaching a race day routine and one rider actually took a call and started yelling over the music so that the caller can hear them. FUR REAL!! Please leave your phone at the front desk and ask them to come and get you in case you are expecting a very important call.

Wearing headphones during class!music

You have got to be kiddin’ me. Why? You can’t hear me and you are off on your own journey. Instructions be damned? Why are you here then? If you prefer your own playlist, then ride on your own time.

Antiperspirant, Towels & Proper Attire! I beg you!!sweat

There is just no way to sugar coat it… wear your deodorant…we are all working very hard and sweating like crazy, all while riding very close to one another. Please be mindful of your funk. Also, sweat puddles and drenched handlebars may appear cool, but let’s keep it real and clean up. Bring an extra towel if you sweat profusely (or grab two if your studio provides them) and please try to wear moisture-wicking gear. Don’t forget to wipe the bike down when the ride concludes.

Leaving early?

Please don’t just jump off the bike and walk out. As instructors, we have to ensure that you are properly cooled down and your heart rate has slowed gradually. We also don’t want you to get cramps, crash into another bike or rider when leaving, or worse yet injure yourself. If you plan on leaving early, please let us know, take a bike close to the exit and please cool down before you head out.

Off the beaten path?!?! Where are you going?path

Out of respect for your instructor and classmates, it is imperative that you follow instructions at all times. It is ok to climb when we are seated or to sprint when we are climbing, but then again there is a reason why some of us instructors spend hours (and lots of our own money) hand-picking playlists, matching music to BPM’s and designing a routine for maximum efficiency. Straying from that routine will undoubtedly minimize your fitness results, and may result in injury if proper cadence and resistance are not selected. So please, trust and follow your instructor at all times.

Moving in?!

Don’t bring your duffle bag, tablet, coat, sandwich, etc. into the studio. Indoor cycling studios are typically small and the space between bikes is often tight. If I need to assist someone, in a darkened room, there is the risk of tripping over these items. Please use a locker…seriously!

Leave your negative attitude at the door!! I do!!tired

We all have bad days. As an instructor, I could be having a really bad day, but I still have to give you 100% without letting the events of the day or personal issues weigh me down. It is not easy – I get it. I just ask that you do the same or at least try. If you don’t like my music, routine, the temperature settings, the volume, the bike, or whatever, please find a different class that better suits your needs. No offense and none taken!

Care to share other pet peeves? Contact me below…