I want to show you how much stress and second-guessing goes on inside the heads of indoor cycling instructors…So let’s hop on into their thoughts, shall we?
Last week, I asked my Indoor Cycling Instructor Crew this question:
The answers flowed quickly, and they ran the gamut. Here’s what they said:
The hardest parts of being an instructor is….
- Keeping people committed to attend class regularly
- Feel like I’m talking all the time and being annoying
- Working with different fitness levels and goals
- Building class profiles that feel good to teach
- Being motivating enough to keep members coming and participating
- Keeping every class fresh and interesting
- Being “ on” all the time
- Ensuring the members “get it”; that they completely understand my intent and cueing for the segment and then execute!
- Giving them a warm welcome into your community and bringing consistent energy
- When you’re not feeling it and trying not to let it show… we are “performers”!
- Second guessing yourself – did they like my music, did I talk too much, did I not talk enough, was the intensity level good?
- Creating an executing a challenging but fun class
- Coming up with new and exciting drills
- Worrying about if the riders are engaged or are wishing to be somewhere else
- Nervously wondering if first time riders return to class
- Sticking with my education and training and standing up against what might be filling saddles/classes at the moment even though I know I don’t agree with it
- Wondering why my classes aren’t as full as other instructors’ classes who teach at the same time on a different days
- Being interesting and exciting even when I’m tired or feel off
- Always being “on”, regardless of how I’m feeling or what’s going on outside the room
- Leaving class unhappy about the layout or the reaction from the riders
WHOA MAMA! So many things!😫
These are all valid concerns, and most of the stem from a lack of confidence in the ability to create and execute a solid class.
Are you an instructor who struggles with your confidence? Do you walk into class with nerves, and leave second guessing yourself?
If you do, you would be a perfect candidate for my new 6-week training on how to plan and create outstanding class profiles. Learn more here: The Cycle Poet Method.