Get Certified to Teach Parkinson’s Indoor Cycling Classes

Parkinson's Cycling Master Coach Kathy Helmuth
Parkinson’s Cycling Master Coach Kathy Helmuth

Hi, my name is Kathy Helmuth and I am excited to share a wonderful new program that you can now offer at your club or studio – Parkinson’s Indoor Cycling.  

As group cycling instructors, we try to educate and encourage success in our indoor group cycling classes. We see those moments of achievement and we are excited for the participants who have reached their goals. In the Parkinson’s Cycling Coach classes, those moments of achievement are multiplied by 10.

Parkinson’s Disease can rob a person of smell, facial expression, movement, and flexibility.

Imagine this…. A person with Parkinson’s Disease comes into your indoor cycling class using a cane or a walker. He or she registers for the program, completes the necessary paperwork, and goes through the initial testing. You notice that this individual shows very little expression on their face.

After riding a few classes being coached at the proper intensity and cadence, that individual may no longer need a cane or walker. That person is walking with an improved gait and has better balance and flexibility. They have a smile and some expression back on their face!

Or imagine this…. a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease not being able to smell the aroma of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. After a few Parkinson’s Cycling classes, that individual can now able to smell and taste those delicious cookies.

I have really enjoyed the opportunity to help these Parkinson’s individuals feel better and move through their daily activities with greater ease.

“Feeling normal” is the way one of our riders describes why she loves this program. In my interview with Sharon in the video above, she says that the pedaling class makes her “feel normal….like everyone else”.

I hope this helps ignite the compassion you have for helping others. Seven to ten million people have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease around the world.

Meet Master Parkinson’s Cycling Coach Kathy Helmuth and learn how you can train to become an ACE accredited Parkinson’s Cycling Coach by listening to our announcement podcast below.

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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 before they will hire you.