A few weeks ago I became a certified VibeCycle instructor. A few weeks before that, I couldn’t tell you what Vibe was. OK, I’d heard the classes going on in the background of the gym, I’d seen it on the timetable but I hadn’t braved it…why hadn’t I braved it? For the very simple reason it sounded a bit too fun, I was used to the grind of the conventional spin class where your instructor looks you each in the eye for three seconds too long to make you squirm, the spotlight forming dark shadows over their brow as they utter the words ‘prepare to work hard’.
What is Vibe?
Vibe uses a different teaching ethic to spin, yes it takes place on a bike, yes there is music and an instructor but I feel like that’s where the similarities stop. Vibe utilises the beat whereas spin carelessly rolls over in order to get some ludicrously long standing sprint – don’t get me wrong, Vibe still makes you work hard. Vibe stands for: VIsualisation, Body, Euphoria. The idea is that you step off the bike and don’t feel like hiring a masseuse and taking a one way ticket out of the gym, by syncing up all of your movement to the rhythm the element of pain often associated with exercise is minimalised with the distraction and the desire to keep to the beat. The instructor (now, me!) takes on the role of the motivator, but this isn’t just a one way thing – as the participant, you have to give something back – a smile, a shout, a ‘whoop!’, kind of anything goes in this class. I mean anything, singing along to Clean Bandit is a popular pastime.
How do I teach a class?
I’m really interactive, so I need to engage with every member of the class. I’ll turn up with a smile on my face and I’ll make sure I know everyone in the room is happy with their bike before we get going. I’m not overly annoying, overly enthusiastic, I’m on the same wave length as everyone else. I work hard, they work hard. My award winning playlists (self-awarded) will motivate anyone after a long day at work. I spend hours working out the best combination of tunes and each tune has a different RPM and a different goal on the body. The first song could be Swedish House Mafia tune, it’ll be a sprint and I’ll ensure everyone’s synced up to the beat. I may tell someone to add some resistance if they’re going a touch quicker than everyone else. I like to throw in a few sprints, a few songs for the core and a few hill climbs – the whole playlist should give you a good workout. I play immersive music that you can get lost in, (tried and tested on long runs in the woods!) and I choreograph any moves with the music so it’s the whole experience is epic.
At the moment I’m still polishing my teaching skills before I look for a gym to teach in, if you go to an independent gym or you think your current gym would be receptive to Vibe, then get in contact!
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