SCHWINN Indoor Cycling Certification!


Hey guys! Last week I had the great pleasure of participating in the 2016 IDEA World Fitness Pre-conference to get my SCHWINN certification as an indoor cycling instructor. It was a BLAST!!! 

The course was a ten hour day, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, hosted by the incredible Master Trainers, Jeffery Scott and Amy Dixon. What a day! The second we walked in, we were greeted by two rows of energetic assistant trainers, cheering, clapping, and high fiving us as we found our bikes. Me, being the overly enthusiastic student that I am, chose the bike in the very front row center 😎. I was so ready to make a fool of myself in front of a hundred other fitness professionals from all over the world. #thatsmystyle

I’ve gotta hand it to Jeffery and Amy. They kept us hooked and involved throughout the entire long day. Their lectures were not only informative, but also engaging, hilarious, relatable, and fun. They took us through everything step by step. We learned details about bike mechanics, proper set up (I got to go on stage and be the model for this lecture. Move over, Vanna White) muscle recruitment at different pedal stages, class programming, using music to your advantage, and how to have a strong positive affect on each and every individual in your class. 


Throughout each lecture, we were constantly getting up and trying things out for ourselves, helping each other, and really letting the information set in. There was never a dull moment, and we were constantly being encouraged to interact with each other. There was a really positive sense of community in a room full of complete strangers. It was fantastic!

We all participated in two different rides so that we could see what we were learning in an actual class setting. The first ride was taught by Jeffery Scott, and had a big emphasis on using music to aid in your instruction. He relied on the beats of different music to keep people at the desired pace and resistance. This guy is a musical genius (doesn’t hurt that he also has a background in the music industry) If you ever get a chance to take a class from him, pay attention to how effortlessly he can get you pushing yourself through music. It’s always cool to be around someone that is so clearly passionate about what they’re doing. It’s contagious. 

The second ride was taught by the gorgeous Amy Dixon. No joke. This woman just turned 40 and doesn’t look a day over 25. A true representative of where living a healthy life can get you! 😄 This class focused on using a measuring console on the bike to motivate and push us. The console can measure our power, speed, distance, heart rate, time, and estimate calorie expenditure. This was really cool, because we did little sections within the class where we could try and beat our own records. What better way to push a client than by having them compete with themselves!? It works! We were all getting really into it! 


At the end of the day, we were all give an oral test to confirm our comprehension of the material, and BOOM! We were certified! We each walked away with a ton of knowledge, confidence, new friends, snazzy new SCHWINN Certified t-shirts, a handful of lesson plans, a new playlist of our choice, our certification manual, and, of course, our certificates!

I had such a great time and always love continuing my education whenever I can. If you’re looking for a company to get cycling certified with, I highly recommend SCHWINN. If you’re looking for good instructors, I highly recommend Jeffery and Amy. The entire day was so well done, and I’m thankful to have been a part of it. Now to practice on friends and get myself a spot teaching some classes. 💪🏼

The whole crew smiling at the end of the day!

Clipped in!

 

Hello beautiful people! So lately I’ve been getting really into indoor cycling. If you follow me on Instagram (@amberdawn.fit) then you know I’ve had some issues with injuries. I’ve hurt both knees in the past, and still deal with pain that may never quite fully go away, as well as my latest injury of smashing my foot when an aerial mat was misplaced (maaaaajor bummer).

As any active individual can attest to, injuries are not only physically, but also emotionally draining setbacks when you’ve got goals to achieve. It’s soul crushing and motivation killing! However, regardless of what might be holding you back at the moment, there’s always something you can do! I’m currently working to cut body fat so I needed to get in some low impact cardio. Cycling is a perfect way to burn calories and improve strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health, while still being gentle on aching joints.

Proper gear can make or break a workout. I’d taken plenty of classes in my regular gym shoes, and my feet were always cramping up on me. Sometimes it was also hard to get in the proper positions because I was afraid of my feet slipping out of the pedals and busting my shin, so I was really missing out. I’d position my feet improperly or put too much weight on the handlebars. Trying to compensate when you can’t quite get into proper positions can cause muscle imbalances and injuries! NO GOOD!

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Aren’t they beautiful?!?

Well, I recently made the decision to shell out for some legit cycling shoes and clips. WOW! What a difference! I went with the Bontrager Sonic Women’s Road Shoe. Worth every penny to be honest. Especially with my foot already having issues, these shoes allow me to clip into the bike so I can position myself just right and get the most out of each cycling session! It’s like a different world, and my legs and glutes are getting worked like never before! My fellow spin-goers weren’t kidding when they said the difference is like night and day.

spin2Now, if you’re like me (or me a week ago anyway) then you have no idea about choosing a cycling shoe or clip compatibility. I recommend hitting up the nearest bike shop for assistance, letting them know where you usually cycle and what kind of bikes are used there. If you’re in CA around the Conejo Valley, the fellas over at Westlake Cyclery were really friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful in getting me the right stuff. Your instructor will also be able to show you how to clip into the pedals before class. After that, you’re all set! Clip in, hydrate, and get ready to have your world rocked! It’s a game changer!

 

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