What indoor cycling instructor certification do I need?
Over the 8 years I’ve published indoorcycleinstructor.com, “what indoor cycling instructor certification do I need?” has to be the #1 question of all time. It’s similar to the second most popular question asking “where can I get certified as aÂ FILL IN THE BLANK instructor?”
Over time I learned everyone was essentially asking me for direction on how to land their first Indoor Cycling job as an Instructor.
There’s a misperception in our industry that “X” Cycling Certification = Automatic Job, so the thought process is #1 first I need to get certified. Unfortunately if you guess wrong you could end up wasting your time and money.
After being asked this so many times I decided to write an article that I could link to and save a few keystrokes when sending my response.
I get the â€œWhere can I get certified as a â€œSpinÂ®â€,â€SchwinnÂ®â€ orÂ simply anÂ Indoor Cycling Instructor?â€Â question a lot. While trying to be helpful, more often than not my response is â€œIâ€™m sorry, but you are asking the wrong person.â€ â€œThe person you want to ask is the manager at the club where you would like to teach.â€
Many people skip that step â€“ hereâ€™s why you shouldnâ€™tâ€¦ read more
My point here is that each club or studio has different requirements.
- Official SpinningÂ® Studios require Mad Dogg certified Instructors.
- Many of the new, non-traditional studios (Full Psycle, CycleBar, Flywheel, SoulCycle etc…) have no certification requirements – they hire for passion and personality and will train you on the class format they expect Instructors to deliver.
- Life Time Fitness requires Instructors have a nationally recognised Indoor Cycling certification from; Schwinn, SpinningÂ®, Stages, Keiser, Cycling Fusion and Heart Zones to name a few.
- Depending on region, many YMCA’s only hire certified Group Fitness Instructors (ACE, AFAA, CanFitPro) who also have an Indoor Cycling cert.
So can you understand how you could make a mistake by taking a Schwinn training, when the only studio you’d consider teaching at requires a SpinÂ® cert?
All that said, if you feel you need (or have been told you need) some unspecified form of certification*, I would suggest attending a one day Spinning orientation.
*There’s a second misconception in our industry where people misuse the term “certification” in the context of Indoor Cycling. Most programs only offer an orientation – typically a one day workshop where there’s no real test/final exam. To be truly “certified” in the fitness world, you need your ACE or AFAA.
There is one exception – Cycling Fusion offers an actual certification that does include a test you need to complete and pass before getting your certificate. This Indoor Cycling Instructor certification is available as an online course and I highly recommend it. Cycling Fusion also offers very comprehensive online training for teaching with Power / Watts.