Sometimes in my Orientations I have students who at 18 are just old enough to get certified. I often wonder how they do after the seminar is over with all the concepts and the responsibility of planning classes that will suit all age groups and all fitness levels. I started teaching aerobics at 17 years of age and got certified when I was 18, and I remember being quite the sponge and definitely having role models that I looked up to and wanted to be like. I also remember sometimes feeling intimidated by the adults who took my classes and I would wonder how to live up to their expectations. But most of the time I was just ecstatic to be in front leading a class.
That was 28 years ago and since then the amount of information that has become available to the general public, and especially to those who have been training and learning all these years, is astronomical. Many of the Spinning students who take my classes have been riding outdoors for decades as well as taking indoor classes for somewhere between 5 and 15 years. They know a lot. With a few exceptions such as a teenager who grew up training for triathlons or competing in mountain bike riding, the mature adult cycling students are going to know much more than a freshman instructor, and that I think would feel quite intimidating.
If there are some young folks out there considering getting certified, I say go for it. You won't regret learning more about fitness or getting involved with the Spinning program. You may need to find a mentor though to help you get your feet wet when it comes to teaching at facilities that have mature and highly experienced clientele. If you have someone with experience show you the ropes, you'll have more success than trying it alone. When it comes to winning people over, the best way to do it is to be organized, professional, and friendly yet business like when conducting your classes and that will send the message that you may be young, but you have your act together.
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