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 before they will hire you.

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. 

Once you have your certification you can find an Instructor job here.

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.

If you need a job you might find one at this jobs board.

Asking the right question

Do you want to become certified as a Spinning®, Schwinn® or other form of Indoor Cycling Instructor?

Or is your real question; how can I get a regularly scheduled Indoor Cycling class where I’m the Instructor?

We are frequently asked the first question, when the goal is actually the second question.

I get the “Where can I get certified as a “Spin®”,”Schwinn®” or simply an Indoor Cycling Instructor?” question a lot. While trying to be helpful, more often than not my response is “I’m sorry, but you are asking the wrong person.” “The person you want to ask is the manager at the club where you would like to teach.”

This post has a lot of suggestions on how do I get a job as an Indoor Cycling Instructor that I feel will be helpful to you.

Are you ready to get certified as an Indoor Cycling Instructor?

Instructor Mark Peterson

Looking to get certified as an Indoor Cycling Instructor with Spinning, Schwinn, Keiser, RealRyder, Stages or Cycling Fusion?

Here’s a good online certification that is accepted by many clubs and studios.

We can help. Check out the navigation links above for information about “how much does it cost to become certified?” or where can I get certified as an Instructor?

If you are certified and are looking for a new teaching gig – check out indoor cycling instructor

If you want to fill your studio – I suggest checking out ICI/PRO which offers free music, great class profiles and the latest on heart rate and power training.


Indoor Cycling Certification

Where can I get spinning certified?Already certified and teaching? Asking yourself the question; “Now what do I do?” “Where can I find the latest information on teaching proper technique, Heart Rate Training or Training with Power?” Maybe you just wake up one morning and ask; “what am I teaching today?” Indoor Cycle Instructor PRO members know answers to these questions are a few clicks away. Click here to experience a week of ICI/PRO for just $1.00.

Are you currently looking for an Instructor job? This resource might help you find an awesome studio where you can begin teaching