My name is Rachel Seay and my intention behind creating indoor cycling content through the website, ebooks and newsletters, is to help as many instructors as I can to make finding resources for teaching easy.
Let's face it, preparing for classes takes time and we are all busy! When I first started teaching fitness in 1999, I was always looking for ideas but in those days, indoor cycling was still in it's infant stage and asides from TurnStep. We didn't have the option of spotify playlists either.
Today, we have resources at our fingertips (which can also be overwhelming). Everything I produce has been tested in my own studio with my members. If they love it (my toughest critics) then I know we are good!
A lot of people come to this website thinking it is owned by a big fitness company, but I am a one woman operation who does this on the side. My day job is operating my own fitness studio, teaching 18 classes a week and certifying fitness instructors in BC, Canada.
I have been teaching spinning since I was certified in 1999 and participating as a rider since the early 90's. In 2001, I wanted to learn more about exercise science so I put myself through college and university and in 2004 I began certifying fitness instructors to teach Indoor Cycling through the BCRPA in Vancouver, Canada.
My certifications include Schwinn, Keiser, Reebok, Spinning, and Power Pacing. I choose to take a variety of certifications because it helps me learn different methods. You will also find me updating my certifications, even though I certify because I believe it is important to keep your education current.
The creation of this website and the ebooks began in 2010 when I was frustrated with searching online for ideas and going to workshops and seeing the same old stuff. I wanted to connect with people from all over the world and see what they were doing in their classes. So in 2011, I created a small Facebook page called "Indoor Cycling Teaching Ideas" which today has grown organically to 19,000 instructor from all over the world.
Something to know about me is I love creating drills and choreographing workouts to music. I still take the principles of spinning seriously, which means you won't find non-sense in my drills, but it does not mean a drill cannot be fun! Indoor Cycling should be something you love to teach and something your participants love to attend.
A couple years ago I was encouraged by a lovely lady named Lori, from Toronto, to create an ebook that instructors could download and get ideas from. It took me a while to get on board and figure out the best method possible but I thought I would give it a chance because when I first started teaching I would have LOVED to find ebook of ideas for classes.
After I published the first ebook, I began to receive numerous emails saying thank you for creating the ebook and sharing ideas all the time and the more letters I received, the more motivated I was to keep creating. Today I have 6 ebooks of ideas and more to come, however, creating ebooks and selling online is a whole other job in itself.
I do my best to respond to emails and messages but I am a one (hard working) woman show and if writing and educating instructors isn't enough, I also run my own fitness studio in Richmond, BC, Canada with 160 members and we are celebrating 13 years in business and of course spending time with my loved ones is important to me too!
I promise to keep creating and I hope you will help by sharing this website and getting the word out there that it exists because the world wide web is so big nowadays, that it's hard to find the tools we need from the "little guys."
I greatly appreciate all the energy everyone has given me through emails, sharing the articles, being fans on the FB page and the sweet phone calls. I feel very lucky to be connected to a group of people that are positive and fun because so many platforms are negative and full of opinions about how you "should be teaching". You guys really are awesome and your participants are lucky to have you as instructors!
Teaching spinning is something I have loved doing for the past 20 years and I hope I can keep teaching it for years to come! It's also been so cool to talk to so many instructors from around the world.
Thanks everyone for all the support !!