Have you ever thought about your Spinning® journey: How you got where you are today? Who has influenced you and whom you may have influenced along the way? Experiences from our past uniquely fit together to create the instructor we have evolved to be. The mark of a good instructor is one who strives to learn and educate others. That being said, I think it is important to share our stories with each other. I am forever grateful to a handful of Spinning® Master Instructors who have propelled me to the next level likely without realizing that they have done anything. So, I’d like to share my story with all of you. I hope we can learn from each other and be the best we can be!
When I got married, my husband just finished flight school and was new to the Navy life. Little did I know, his career would mean packing up and moving every two and a half to three years. I never really thought of myself as a person who would be in the health and fitness industry. Teaching was something that did not interest me at all. My family members were teachers and I remember their stories around the dinner table about rowdy kids and stressful workdays. I told myself I would not have a career involving teaching or kids.
Fast forward to our fourth duty station in six years of marriage, which happened to be an overseas posting. I was unable to find a full-time job because I was a foreigner and employers knew I would only be in the area temporarily. I found a VERY part-time job and was happy to have something to do. Because my husband and the other guys working with him were working long hours and many weekends, I spent a lot of time with my girlfriends and we often met at the gym to pass time. After two months of working out (more than I ever had in my life probably), I found myself watching each of the trainers while I was on the cardio machines. After awhile I found myself thinking that it could be a fun job and shortly after that I remember choosing to enroll in a course to become a certified personal trainer. Studying and trying to educate myself was hard because the information was ALL so new. I finally took the test early the next year, just after we moved back to the United States and I wanted to start working. Thankfully, I found a job within a month and got started on what would become a lifelong career and journey. I was scared, without any experience, and felt like I was being thrown to the wolves. The seasoned trainers I worked with intimidated me and were not often willing to mentor a new trainer the way I wanted. About six months into training, I found it difficult to get in a groove and decided I wanted to teach group exercise classes to get myself out in the gym more. I approached the group fitness manager who was well respected and knowledgeable. She said “We don’t need group exercise, we NEED Spinning instructors! Go take the Johnny G training”. So I signed up for an instructor workshop just to get my foot in the door but I really didn’t enjoy Spinning®, as the classes I took overseas were thirty minutes long and I could not get through them without feeling like I wanted to die. I had no idea what I was in for.
To be continued next week...