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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?!"

12. When we say to have "a bit of resistance on" for sprint tracks, we're NOT JOKING.

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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.

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13. Spin classes (and their instructors) are nowhere near as intimidating as they seem.

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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).

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17. At one point or another, we've all been sent this video.

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"Is this what your class is like?"