1. Teaching your first spin class is even more terrifying than being a participant for the first time. Instagram: @daliakeeling / instagram.com We put a lot of effort and practice into making sure we don't fuck up in front of a class full of paying people. With all those eyes staring back at you, it's pretty nerve-racking. 2. Listening to music will never be the same once you become a spin instructor. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Fox / Via giphy.com Suddenly everything becomes a potential spin track and we spend the majority of our time scrambling for the Shazam app on our phones to identify a song we just heard. 3. We can tell when your resistance isn't high enough. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF USA You probably think you're being sneaky, but your legs are a dead giveaway. 4. Or when you pretend to "turn it up" and don't do anything at all. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Comedy Central 5. Our playlists are carefully curated and usually take a fucking age to prepare. Instagram: @amiekerber / instagram.com Preparing 45 minutes to an hour's worth of music, including a warm-up and cooldown track, isn't as easy as it sounds. First we have to sift through hundreds of songs to find the right ones, then we have to pick an order we're happy with, then we have to listen to the playlist a trillion times to know it off by heart. 6. Which means we do a lot of listening to spin playlists in our spare time. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Focus Features On the train, on the bus, on the walk home, in the car...any opportunity we get, we're listening to it. 7. You do eventually get used to the uncomfortable feeling of straddling a saddle several times a week. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF foxadhd.tumblr.com / Via giphy.com Practice makes perfect. 8. We actually appreciate it when you make encouraging whooping sounds. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC Audience participation is what makes a class (and it reassures us that you're not dead). 9. Because there's nothing more awkward than trying to teach an entirely silent class. Comedy Central Which is why we constantly ask annoying questions like "Are you still there?!" or "How're you feeling?!" 10. There are days when even we are unsure how and why our legs are still working. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Fox For the amount we put them through, we're surprised we can still get up in the morning. 11. We would rather you slow down and perfect your technique than show off and injure yourself. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF wifflegif.com / Via makingitinla.tumblr.com It's better to know your limits than hurt yourself. 12. When we say to have "a bit of resistance on" for sprint tracks, we're NOT JOKING. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF coub.com / Via giphy.com Although it's tempting to bring your resistance all the way down for sprints, spinning with no resistance at all can cause injuries and usually means you lose control of the pedals. 13. Spin classes (and their instructors) are nowhere near as intimidating as they seem. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @happybuffstuff We all started as newbies once, so we know the feeling. While you may think we're all hardcore gym junkies, we actually just have a love for our craft (which would explain why we're creepily enthusiastic about it). 14. And it's always super rewarding to see someone who struggled at first slowly improve and grow to love spinning just as much as we do. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC 15. Many of us go to spin conventions or "spinathons" that last hours at a time and actually enjoy it. Instagram: @cizzayy / instagram.com We know. We have no idea how this happened either. 16. We're usually dying on the bike just as much as you are. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Bravo There are days when we're tired and sore, and it's a struggle to keep our legs moving. We're just better at covering it. 17. At one point or another, we've all been sent this video. View this vine on Vine vine.co "Is this what your class is like?" 18. It makes our day when you come up to us and say it was a "great class" or thank us on your way out. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF King World Productions It just means all the effort we're putting in is worth it. 19. There's nothing like seeing the whole class on beat and in the groove. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via giphy.com It's the best sight a spin instructor can ask for, and it means we're doing our job properly.