Cycling Instructor Certification

Indoor Cycling
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Cycling instructor certification allows you to teach indoor cycling courses. In an indoor cycling course, the instructor leads participants in a visual journey, often imitating valleys, hills, straight-aways and finish lines. Indoor cycling is an aerobic-type workout. A 45-minute class can burn 350 to more than 600 calories, depending on the intensity. The benefits of aerobic exercise include weight loss, improved stamina and an improved immune system. It can also strengthen your heart and help you manage chronic conditions.

Indoor Cycling Class Instructor Certification

If you are working toward an instructor certification for an indoor cycling class, you will learn how to include heart rate training, teach bike setup and safety, class choreography, coaching skills and creating a mind/body connection. Upon registering for the course, you will receive an instructor manual. When you successfully complete the workshop and online assessment, you will receive a certification that is valid for two years. Completing continuing education credits will allow you to renew your certification every two years.

AFPA Cycle Instructor Certification

In the American Fitness Professionals and Associates cycling instructor certification program, you will learn how to effectively create class choreography and design a class, proper bike setup, safety, sample workouts and cycling techniques. When you register for the course, you will receive two textbooks, four DVDs and a logbook. When you successfully complete the workshop and exam, you will receive a certification.

NSPA Cycling Instructor Certification

When you work toward a National Strength Professionals Association cycling instructor certification, you will learn how to create realistic class choreography, motivational techniques, proper music and ride formats, safety, proper bike setup and heart rate-based training. When you register for the course, you will receive a course manual. When you successfully complete the workshop and the written and practical exam, you will receive a certification.

ICI/PRO Cycling Instructor Certification

In the ICI/PRO cycling instructor certification program, you will learn cycling anatomy, cycling kinesiology, cycling biomechanics, workout structure, workout intensity, workout specificity and exercise physiology. This is a two-day cycling instructor certification course. Upon registering for the course, you will receive a course manual. When you successfully complete the workshop and the written and practical exam, you will receive a certification.

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