Steps to Becoming a Certified Spinning® Instructor


So you love your Spinning® class and want to become a teacher. Good for you! Now, how do you do that? The process is surprisingly simple.

My friend Laura Brady wrote a great article on the process called How to become a Spinning Instructor. She gives great details about the process.

Basically, certification involves these five steps:

  1. Register for a Certification Workshop on spinning.com (Cost is $325 — $295 for workshop and $30 for manual.)
  2. Read the manual
  3. Attend the 9-hour workshop
  4. Study and ride the Phase II and III rides
  5. Take the online exam.

Keep in mind that certification workshops are scheduled by demand. Clubs in your area will host a workshop when they need or want to host one. If your area has a low concentration of gyms or programs, you might have to wait for several months before a certification comes to your area. You might check with your own club and request that they host an orientation.

Other things to be aware of:

  • 6-7 of the 9 hour workshop are lecture. Bring pencil, paper and anything else you need to be comfy during the discussion. Worry not — it goes quickly and is full of great information, including how to develop your own Spinning rides and profiles.
  • You will ride the bike twice, each time for approximately an hour.
  • The first ride, the “Form Ride” is a review of each of the Spinning core movements and hand positions. You will sweat during this ride, so don’t forget to bring water,a towel and a change of clothes!
  • The second ride, the “Energy Zone Ride” is a review of each of the Spinning energy zones, so bring your heart rate monitor!
  • When you leave the workshop, you recieve a certificate saying you completed the Spinning Orientation.  But at this point you are not a Certified Spinning Instructor.  You are a person who has completed the orientation!  After you explore the rides in Phase II and III and study the manul, you will take the assessment.  You have one year to do this.  Once you pass the test (it’s open book and in the comfort of your home, so yes, you will pass!) you are a certified instructor!  Voila!

There really isn’t much to it, but I’ll be happy to answer any questions you leave in the comments section.

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3 thoughts on “Steps to Becoming a Certified Spinning® Instructor

    • You will not be thrown out of the workshop for not having a heart rate monitor, but how can you teach without one? Spinning® is based on heart rate training! As an instructor, Yes, you will definitely need one.

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