The Instructor that Renewed My Faith in Spinning

There are several characteristics that are critical to a good Spin class, but these are my top three:

  • Music
  • Instructor Personality
  • Equipment

When All three of these are rocking? Then, ladies and gentlemen, you have a good spin class!

Yesterday, I blogged about having one of the worst spin experiences and it was all based around the instructor. The ride was good, the instructor personality? Not so much.

Two weeks later however, I had a spin class experience that renewed my faith in spinning as a whole. I realized that I want to be EVERYTHING this instructor is and more.

Here is why:

I had a been trying to get into this spin class for about three weeks. Previously, I had called the day before trying to reserve a spot the receptionist at the gym let me know that the class “sells out” extremely fast and that they had no spots open for not only the next day but the entire weekend.

Wow. What was so good about this class?

I instead took an African dance class that weekend, and was determined to get into class next week. I set my alarm to ring on Thursday morning @ 5:30AM which was when the gym opened and started taking signups.

I ended up calling around 6 after feeding the newborn and I was the last person on the waiting list. Huh? You guys have only been open for 30 minutes! 24 people had called in 30 minutes to sign up for a bike? This intrigued me even more.

I arrived at the class 30 minutes early and around 10 bikes were already reserved. I can see these people are SERIOUS about their spinning!

It wasn’t too long before the class filled up and the instructor arrived. He greeted everyone, who seemed to be regulars, did a quick scan on the room to check for improper set up. Then he got right to it.

He explained the rules of the class, told us to go at our own pace and to have a good time. I felt immediately relaxed and ready to have a good ride.

His music? Amazing. It was an array of today’s pop music, think: Katy Perry, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguillera etc. Every song was on point and got you MOVING! he switched songs less than every 2 minutes so the ride never, ever got boring.

Another thing that was awesome about him was that he got off his bike and walked through the class, checking form, and talking to (motivating) his students. It was a very nice personal touch. He also had the class in stiches the entire time, making jokes about the artists and the songs.

He is exactly what I want to be in a spin instructor, warm, engaging, killer music, funny, motivating and all at the same time giving a really tough hardcore workout.

I have since become a regular and really can’t see myself going anywhere else on saturdays (except to volunteer). I adore this class!

What is your favorite fitness class?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. That's great. I also find that sometimes, the instructor can and will make the class. I'm glad that you found a class that works for you.

  2. journekapri says:

    Yay!!!!!!! A good instructor!
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  3. I like Zumba or Pilates. Lucille Roberts has a buns and thighs class that is great also!

    Spinning is so intense that I'm afraid to try it. haha
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  4. I haven't tried a spin class. It sound interesting. Is it more about indurance? How long are the workouts?
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  5. Im glad you like your spinning class and instructor! Soinning is my least favorite work-out so my hat goes off to you.
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  6. spinning is way fun!! my husband and I sometimes meet for a lunch spinning class date…then I don't even care one little bit about the instructor!
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