Posted on 25-7-2022 by Mad Dogg Athletics
The world has embraced "virtual"…and we want you to know that we’re here for you – virtually – too. Read on to learn more about our Spinning® certification and continuing education offerings so that you can lead from the front of the pack…from the comfort of your own home!
First, let’s get clear: what exactly is virtual education?
Virtual education is a combination of a Zoom workshop with a Spinning® Master Instructor (MI) and on demand digital content. You can complete an entire course from the comfort of your own home – no travel is needed! Depending on the course, you’ll begin with on demand course videos and reading material that you can access immediately upon enrollment. Then you will also attend the Virtual Zoom Training with an MI and other attendees.
What makes a virtual education so great?
These on demand courses allow for self-paced learning of the essential science and techniques needed as a Spinning® instructor while the webinar provides group interaction and real-time demonstrations and support from the MI. Another awesome aspect of virtual education is that you’ll earn the same certification or continuing education credit that you’d receive for taking the live or online version of the course. In fact, with virtual, you’ll receive the best features of both the live and online learning formats bundled into one offering!
Who is a good candidate for a virtual education?
The virtual format is right for the person who finds value and meaning in interaction with an MI but is unable to get to an in-person training due to time or travel constraints. It’s also a great option for those with limitations at home like family or work commitments. The virtual training is also a sound choice for those who want the face-to-face time with the expert but want to complete the rest of the required modules at their own convenience.
Hands-down: If you desire convenience, ease and no travel…virtual education is the right format for you.
What if you just want to become a better rider? Is virtual education good for that?
By all means. Many people use these trainings to become more educated and skilled for their own Spinning® workouts. You can learn on your own time to become a better rider – even if you don’t have the intent to teach.
How can virtual education help your facility?
If you’re a facility owner or director, virtual training is a viable option for your would-be instructors too! You may find yourself in a position like other gyms these days with too few instructors. If there isn’t a nearby training and/or hosting a training isn’t an option for you – though you do have a few people in mind who would make great instructors – suggest they attend a virtual certification instead!
How does it work?
- Sign up for a Virtual Education course that works best for you. We currently offering the original Spinning® Instructor Certification, Rockstar Spinning® Instructor Certification, as well as a host of continuing education courses. Click on the link above to see the current virtual offerings! You can see if a course is a Virtual course based on the logo "Virtual Instructor Certification" of "Virtual Continuing Education"
- You’ll receive an email with details to access your course through our online learning platform – SpinU.
- You can begin your coursework immediately, or whenever you’re ready, prior to the Virtual (Zoom) Training.
How do you find and sign up for virtual education?
Check out the “Virtual Trainings” tab on this Find a Training page. Select a training by the Virtual Training Day date that works for you – this is your webinar that you need to show up for at a specific date and time. (You’ll complete the rest of the coursework on your own time.)
Spinning® virtual trainings are offered throughout the world! Contact your local Spinning® Education Representative for a Virtual Training in your region.
Do you need access to a bike for virtual education?
If you have your own bike at home, that’s ideal. Especially if you are kinesthetically-minded and know you’ll benefit from getting feedback on your riding technique! However, there’s also much to be learned from this course without a bike. You can still watch and learn from the bike setup, safety and ride videos, and revisit those videos when you do have access to a bike. (Once you’re enrolled in a course, you have access to the videos indefinitely.)
We’d like to underscore that there’s a great deal of value in participating by observation – even without a bike! Particularly when you watch the MI demonstrate bike setup, riding technique, and coaching a class. It’s easier to take notes and follow along, especially if you are new to indoor cycling. The practical application – when you ride along – can occur whenever you have access to a bike because you can always return to those on demand videos.
What do participants have to say about virtual certifications?
“I feel the Spinning® Instructor course was very well set up. I originally had reservations about the course being delivered online and through Zoom as I have always thought of live teaching as superior. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The online material was easy to access, extensive and clearly laid out making the learning experience both easy and convenient.”
“I loved the virtual training Spinning® course. I thought it was formatted well, and the instruction was clear and concise. I felt it [the virtual certification offering] was so much easier (as a mom of four children) then juggling a live class with travel time, etc. I thought the virtual class was much more convenient for those of us with busy lives.”
--Dr. Chemene Hooker-Henry
“My experience with the virtual Spinning® course was amazing! Tami did a great job of presenting the info needed in a timely manner and was so encouraging! She allowed us to ask questions and really feel like we would each be good at being a Spinning® Instructor! Breaking out with other like-minded people when doing the “break-out” group sessions [on Zoom] was good. We were able to get to know other people from all over the world who all had the same goal – becoming a Spinning® Instructor and having fun working out!”