"Spinning®" was created in the 1980's by ultra-endurance and world-class athlete Jonathan Goldberg, better known as "Johnny G." Johnny G. was an ultra-marathon cyclist in the 1980's. In 1988 he set a record that to this day that is undefeated in a 554 mile non-stop race across the state of Arizona. He finished in 29 hours and 46 minutes more than 4 hours ahead of the rest of the field. In his home garage he designed the first prototype "Spinner®" bike and used this for training to help him in his bid to become the first person to cycle across America in RAAM (Race Across America). In 1989 he placed 12th in the 2911 mile RAAM and 1st in the RAAM Open West.
In 1994, Johnny G. and John R. Baudhuin founded Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. to manufacture the Johnny G Spinner®. The Spinning® Program was born!! With the help of health and fitness experts they developed the Spinning® Instructor Certification Program. Today the program has grown into a worldwide phenomenon; it is the industry leader in equipment-based group exercise with over 150,000 certified instructors and 35,000 official Spinning® facilities in 80 countries.
Our class started with a classroom lecture discussing Bike Setup, then we learned about terrain, and basic techniques of sitting and standing and more advanced techniques including jumps and sprinting. And also concepts such as rhythm releases, pedal efficiency and the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, visualization and stretching. By combining the positions, techniques and fundamentals workouts are developed. We also learned advanced riding techniques - Cadence Building, Resistance Loading, Running with Resistance, Jumps on a Hill and Sprints on a Hill. Then we met in the Spinning® room for get on the bikes with Lizzy leading us physically through what had been discussed in the lecture. We did a short role play where we introduced ourselves and coached another student in setting up their bike for fit. I was happy to have received a comment from one of them that it seemed like I've been teaching class for a long time already. Thank You, Hawleys Bicycle World for a year of excellent information on fitting bikes!!!
|My fellow future Spin® Instructors!|
I'm excited to be learning something new to add to my life. In two weeks I'm taking a Water Fitness Instructor Certification. I was approached one day last fall after I finished a swim workout by one of the Water Fitness Instructors at the pool, and she told me about the certification. I'm really looking forward to this class too. I'll post about it after the course! See you then!