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19 Things Spin Instructors Won't Tell You

FYI: We can tell when you haven't turned your resistance up high enough.

1. Teaching your first spin class is even more terrifying than being a participant for the first time.

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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.

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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.


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.

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5. Our playlists are carefully curated and usually take a fucking age to prepare.

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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.

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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. / Via

Practice makes perfect.

8. We actually appreciate it when you make encouraging whooping sounds.


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.

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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.


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. / Via

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. / Via

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.

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.


15. Many of us go to spin conventions or "spinathons" that last hours at a time and actually enjoy it.

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We know. We have no idea how this happened either.

16. We're usually dying on the bike just as much as you are.


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.

"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.

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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.


It's the best sight a spin instructor can ask for, and it means we're doing our job properly.

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