Spinning classes have become the rage nationwide. As with most gym or class experiences, there are some general rules one should to avoid basic class etiquette infractions.
Do not text on your phone during the class
If your instructor did not announce it, this is a given. Turn off technology during the class. That means give full attention to setting up your bike, making sure you have a towel, water bottle, and any other equipment necessary for the class, and focus on the class. Texting can also be a safety risk.
Talking or socializing during the class
It’s one thing to share a smile or grimace, or word of encouragement or misery, during the class, but carrying on even a limited conversation is disruptive and disrespectful. Warm-ups are meant for warming up your leg muscles and body parts, not your vocal chords! Keep the social interactions for before the class starts, and for once the class is over.
Riding to an entirely different beat, ignoring cues
If you’re a beginner or have certain physical restrictions, let the instructor know before class. That way, if you are easing up or taking a break, she has been forewarned. Deciding to use the class as inspiration, while you follow an entirely different program, or simply tuning out the instructor and spinning to your own rhythm, is a downright no-no. It’s disruptive and ignores the concept of class unison.
Coming into class late
Even the most understanding instructors will tell you that this is the ultimate faux pas. It disrupts the class and frankly sets a precedent for other members to think that it’s OK to saunter into class late. If you have a valid reason, then check with the gym manager to make sure it’s acceptable to enter the class late. Most fitness centers have a cut off – usually ten minutes – for entering a class late, especially if the warm up is over.
-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach