Hooked on Training – Heart Zones Conference: Saturday, March 29 2014

Hooked on training heart zones conference

Sally Edwards with Heart Zones Fitness has teamed up with Gene Nacey’s Cycling Fusion to produce Hooked on Training Heart Zones Conference: Saturday, March 29 2014.


“Hooked on Training”
This, the 12th year for the Heart Zones Conference, bring something entirely new to the health and fitness industry – 4 ways to attend – live or streaming virtual. And, you choose the best way to participate to gain the most from your experience. This high-impact, one-day, seven-hour education and workout event is co- presented by Heart Zones USA and Cycling Fusion. The 2014 Conference includes workshops, workouts, discussion groups, keynote presentations, live and digital workouts, and more.

Here are the Details:

Who Should Attend? Anyone may attend . If you are an indoor cycling instructor, group X instructor, coach, PE teacher, athlete, or fitness enthusiasts you are encouraged to participate too.

How to Attend? It is your choice and there are 4 different ways to attend.
CONFERENCE CENTER LIVE: From the YMCA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this is the live conference; web-broadcast to the Official Host Sites and to the At Home participants. You will be the live televised audience.
OFFICIAL HOST SITES: Locations across the USA are joining the Conference remotely-simulcast with a combination of our live certified instructors supporting and leading workouts.
AT HOME: Participate from your home or wherever there is an internet connection. Attend the Conference as it’s happening.
Anytime: Delayed broadcast at times of your choice on the internet and/or watch up to 30-days post event.

Where to Attend? Official Host Sites are in the following areas: Peachtree City (Atlanta), GA; Bellevue (Seattle), WA; Lakewood (Denver), CO; San Francisco, CA; Milwaukee, WI; New York City, NY; and PNC YMCA (Pittsburgh) PA. More locations to be announced.

Click here for more information and registration details.

Why not ask if your club or studio will host a certification?

host an indoor cycling instructor certification

It can be tough to find a local Instructor certification near where you live. One option would be to ask if the club/studio where you ride would (or could) host an in-house certification.

All of the Indoor Cycling education providers would be open to sending a master trainer in to conduct a training day – many times the challenge is finding:

A. a host location and

B. enough participants to justify the expenses.

You may want to review this article; Hosting an Indoor Cycle Certification workshop for more information and then forward the info to the owner of the location where you’d like to teach :)

Do I need Fitness Instructor Professional Liability Insurance?

Fitness Instructor Professional / Public Liability Insurance

Many independent Indoor Cycling Studios hire Instructors as independent contractors, not as actual employees. This creates a situation where you aren’t covered by the studio’s general liability insurance policy – you’ll need to get your own insurance to cover you if (God forbid) anyone was to get injured during one of your classes.

What you’ll need is a Fitness Instructor Professional Liability Insurance policy. Many of us have questions about this so I’ve posted an interview with an insurance company representative linked above.

P.S. The post includes information about where I purchased a policy that saved me $58.00 from any of the other insurance providers I’ve found, including the insurance offered through ACE and IDEA.

Spinning® Instructor Orientation in Los Angeles September 26th

MINDBODY FitPro Conference in Los Angeles

20% discount is toward the full conference – not the orientation.

Mad Dogg Athletics is hosting a Spinning® Instructor Orientation in Los Angeles, CA as part of the MINDBODY FitPro conference September 26th.

Spinning® Instructor Orientation
Thursday, September 26, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Presented by Marci Williams and Natashia Iacovelli

Become one of the world’s most sought-after fitness instructors—a certified Spinning® Instructor. This 9-hour orientation is your first step. Topics include bike setup, the five core movements, three hand positions, choosing music, creating a 40-minute Spinning journey, safety considerations, teaching techniques, Spinning philosophy, heart rate training and a three-phase instructor training program. After completing this orientation, you will be qualified to teach the Spinning program at any official Spinning center throughout the world. Certification will be awarded after completing the self-paced instructor training program and successfully passing the assessment. Please bring a heart rate monitor, water bottle, energy food, towel, clothes for two rides, bike shorts, stiff-soled shoes and a pen or pencil. There will be a lunch break mid-day.

CECs: 8.0 AFAA, .8 ACE
Registration fee includes the Spinning Instructor Manual, SPIN membership and a certificate of completion. A certified instructor card will be issued upon successful completion of the assessment.
Fee: $325 (plus shipping and handling for course materials)

To register by phone call 800.847.SPIN (7746) or 310.823.7008. To register online click here 

Does Spinning® or Schwinn offer an online instructor certification?

Online indoor cycling certification

Spinning’s® certification – they call them “orientations” – are not available online, only as live classes. Same with Schwinn, nothing online.

There are a couple of options online – but I would first read this post about our recommended strategy for learning what the requirements are – at the club or studio where you’d like to teach. It won’t do you any good to complete an online certification, only to find out you needed something different.

The best example is an official/branded Spinning® Studio. The studio’s agreement with Mad Dogg Athletics (the owner of the Spinning Brand) is that every Instructor who teaches there will have a Spin® certification. It doesn’t mean you can’t have additional certifications, but you do need Spinning’s before you’ll be able to hold a class schedule.

Schwinn doesn’t enforce the same restrictions on clubs who use their Performance AC indoor cycles. Clubs that use the Schwinn bikes may want you to go through their certification so you have an  understanding of teaching with power and using the MPower Console.

My experience is that most places just want you to have a certification, from a credible organization, so they can advertise that they have “certified fitness instructors”. But don’t make a big mistake by assuming anything. Follow these steps to ensure you’ll get hired as an Indoor Cycling Instructor. Then you’ll know exactly what your next step should be so you can start teaching :)

If you choose the online certification route I’d direct you to either Cycling Fusion or Team ICG. Both offer very comprehensive training programs and should be acceptable to any studio that doesn’t specify where you need to be trained.

Free ACE Continuing Education Credits CECs

Earn some free ACE Continuing Education Credits (CECs) this weekend

Free ACE Continuing Education Credits CECs

Click this image for CEC’s

My wife Amy’s ACE certification is up for renewal soon and she needs .6 ACE continuing ed credits.

ACEfitness.com site offers online CECs courses that cost about $20.00 for 0.1 credits. Here are two she found; Nutrition Strategies for Fitness and Performance $59.95 (.3 ACE CECs) and Flexibility Training Specialist $69.95 (.4 ACE CECs) $130.00 total.

With the weather so crappy this weekend she planned to spend Sunday completing both programs so you can continue to teach at Life Time Fitness.

Before she purchased the ACE courses I suggested she check what the Indoor Cycling Group ICG was offering.

Turned out that ICG had 12 different online courses that are approved by ACE. Two courses Amy found were similar to ACE’s and combined offered .7 CECs – at no cost.

Click here to see them http://www.ic-pro.org/en/team-icg/education

You’ll need to scroll down the page and click ICG Continuing Education Credits banner to see each course description. There is a link to a page that shows the CEC’s.

Then she might check out what’s new at our 40% off Pearl iZumi program

She did save our family $130 after all.


Free Online Indoor Cycling Certification

Free Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification

Click the stadium to get started.

UPDATE – this is no longer available. Your best option for an online certification is this one from Cycling Fusion. 

In celebration of the awesome job everyone connected with London Olympics did this Summer, (not to mention all the medals won by British athletes) Team ICG® – The Indoor Cycling Group – is offering a limited number of online Indoor Cycling Instructor certifications for free!

This certification is regularly $200.00 and it’s supported by ICG’s free continuing education which qualifies for CECs with many national organizations.

ICG® STAGES is accredited by ACE, AFFA, NASM, NSCA, REPs, and FITNESS AUSTRALIA. Courses are in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese and German.

This is a limited time offer and it’s limited to the first 1,000 people who Like their Facebook page. Go here now to claim your free certification! Like the page and then scroll down on the ICG Facebook page for all the instructions.

Free Indoor Cycling Class Audio Profile

Once you’re certified as an Instructor, keeping your classes fresh, educational and entertaining should be your primary focus.

ICI/PRO members receive a steady supply of new class profiles. Here’s a free sample you can use today to teach a great class your student’s will enjoy.

Waldo’s Revenge Indoor Cycling class profile.

Waldo’s Revenge PRO/Playlist in Spotify

Download Stayin’ Hot (Nelly vs. Bee Gee’s), DJ Lobsterdust 4:15

Online Indoor Cycling Instructor Certifications

A number of education providers are now offering Online Indoor Cycling Instructor Certifications and continuing education including Spinning® and the Indoor Cycling Group (ICG®) and Cycling Fusion.

These online courses are a good alternative for Group Fitness Instructors interested in adding an additional certification to their resume or need some CECs to maintain their existing certification.

You can find information about the Indoor Cycling Group’s Instructor Certification  and continuing education here.

Cycling Fusion offers Online and in-person Instructor certifications here.