So you made it through your audition and your name is listed as “Instructor” on the schedule. Congratulations!
It's very common for the initial excitement, “I can't believe it… I'm an Indoor Cycling Instructor!!” to quickly fade away, replaced by fear and anxiety. The realization that in __ days you'll be mounting the bike and leading your class for the very first time, typically solicits “HELP! I'm teaching my first class on Thursday!!”
That “HELP” is based on FEAR > the perfectly natural fear of presenting or speaking to a group. Fear that you won't do a good job. Fear that you'll look foolish. Fear that you won't be liked, etc…
So to help you manage the fear that's going to come when you teach your first few class, I thought you'd appreciate three suggestions for mitigating that fear. Then you can get on to the task at hand > which is delivering a FUN and entertaining class for everyone who shows up.
Step #1 Prepare… But Not Too Much
If you were to ask me, “John – which do you feel would be better for my first class?
A. I walk in super prepared, with lots of detailed notes and cues on multiple 3×5 cards…
B. I have a simple/basic framework/profile for the class, leaving some room for spontaneity and my personality to shine through?
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John is a member on the AFS (Association of Fitness Studios) Advisory Council.
Holding certifications from; Schwinn, Heart Zones, Team ICG and Life Time Fitness, John's held regularly scheduled cycling classes between 1998 and 2015 when he moved to Florida.
When the weather permits, you'll find him riding and leading outdoor groups by himself or with his Tandem partner (wife) Amy.
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