(SCU) delivers unparalleled indoor cycling education to today’s leading health & fitness operators and instructors. Created by and for cycling instructors, SCU certifications and workshops cultivate excellence within programs and provide instructors with the tools they need to level up their classes. Whether you’re an instructor wanting to get certified or a studio team seeking education, SCU has a game-changing course for you.
Why Choose Stages Cycling University?
The key to creating a flourishing group exercise program and a successful career in fitness is an ongoing commitment to growth and training. The fitness industry is constantly evolving, and it’s crucial to align with new knowledge in order to deliver safe, effective, and unforgettable classes. A passion for people and a love for cycling are great motivators, but they aren’t enough to set you apart from everyone else.
Here are five other reasons why SCU certifications and workshops are worth the investment:
1. Stay up to date with current trends and research
Our team of Master Educators are industry leaders and specialize in teaching you how to create sound, engaging, and innovative classes. All of our courses are research-based and provide access to new techniques, best practices, and current trends in indoor cycling.
2. Build trust with members
As an instructor, the minute you step into the studio you automatically become the leader of the group and the one in charge. Riders want to know that they can trust you with their bodies and their time. The more you expand your teaching skills and understanding of the human body, the more your students will trust and follow you.
3. Reinvigorate your motivation and creativity
Leading an indoor cycling class is something you get to do, not something you have to do, but sometimes the good vibes can fade away. Attending a course or workshop can reactivate the inspiration and excitement that’s been lulled to sleep. When you feel energized and enthusiastic, your energy will overflow into your interactions with your students.
4. Gain confidence and clarify your voice and style
It takes a lot of courage and a solid awareness of who you are and what you bring to the table to be a strong instructor. Certifications, workshops, teach-backs, and exposure to multiple class formats grant you the gift of self-growth. You get to bring the most authentic version of yourself to each class, and an empowered and equipped “you,” is what your students need most.
5. Increase earning potential
Making an impact on the lives of your clients, and getting paid to workout and do what you love are the best parts of being a cycling instructor. When you diversify your menu of class and style offerings by earning additional credentials, you provide greater value to your students and gain new employment opportunities.
Stages Cycling University Has Something For Everyone
Your foundation to building extraordinary indoor cycling classes.
is Stages’ groundlaying curriculum for creating and coaching effective indoor cycling classes. Regardless of if you are teaching to the beat of the music, or are focused on the performance metrics of Power, a firm foundation of best practices and sound fundamentals is critical for success. Stages ONE guides instructors through the science, motivation, and physiology of indoor cycling, and breaks these essentials down into four key areas:
- The Tool: The ins and outs of indoor bikes, regardless of brand
- The Science: Monitoring intensity (RPE & metabolic pathways), physiological limits on a stationary bike, pedal stroke, safety, and other essential information.
- The Art: Class profiling, communication & cueing, music, and “bring your best” tips and tricks.
- The Practical Details: Studio setup, device management, microphone & music, as well as additional resources to ensure success.
Ideal for both new and returning indoor cycling leaders, participants will complete the Stages ONE course with the knowledge and tools they need to fine-tune their teaching skills and level up their classes.
Stages ONE is available in both live and online formats and is ACE accredited for 0.8 Continuing Education Credits (CECs).
Amp up your indoor cycling classes with Stages POWER.
Fitness data tracking is a leading trend in the fitness industry and thetraining is your one-stop shop for data-informed coaching. Teaching with power can feel daunting, but this eight-hour training equips and empowers instructors to teach cutting-edge power-based classes with ease. Instructors will learn how to teach and train with a power meter, including power basics like watts, Functional Threshold Power (FTP), training zones, class design, and so much more!
This training consists of two rides and instructor teach-backs at the end of the day. By the end of this course, instructors will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- Stages bike features and BikeFit.
- Stages console features and how to build and structure classes around data.
- The relationship between watts, RPM, resistance, time & distance.
- Functional Threshold Power (FTP), the 7 Training Zones, the benefits of each zone, and work:rest ratios.
- How to design and effectively deliver a class using all the above.
Ideal for both new and returning indoor cycling leaders, Stages POWER is your Performance class solution.
Stages POWER is available in both live and online formats and is ACE accredited for 0.8 Continuing Education Credits (CECs).
Master the intricacies of creating safe, fun, rhythm-based classes.
If you’re looking for a way to bring fun and effective rhythm classes to your members, the Stages BEATS Certification is for you! This course teaches instructors how to combine music, the basics of human movement, and exceptional communication skills, with a purposefully designed class to create an unforgettable ride experience.
This eight-hour training consists of two rides and instructor teach-backs at the end of the day. By the end of this course, instructors will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- Musical History & Science: the breakdown of the beat.
- Emotion & Intensity: the effect of music in exercise and the power of a great playlist.
- Stationary bike mechanics, riding techniques, and RPE.
- Music mapping & class design for fun, safe, and beneficial classes.
Ideal for both new and returning indoor cycling leaders, Stages BEATS helps instructors design rides that engage, inspire, and keep riders coming back for more. Stages BEATS is your Rhythm class solution.
Stages BEATS is available in both live and online formats and is ACE accredited for 0.8 Continuing Education Credits (CECs).
Stages 4-Hour POWER
Stages Cycling University offers flexible training solutions that allow instructors and studio teams to maximize training time. Stages 4-Hour POWER is an abbreviated power training that can be completed as a stand-alone course or taken in tandem with one of our other certifications. This course combines indoor cycling fundamentals and Power basics to prepare instructors to teach power-based classes.
This is a four-hour training day with one ride included. By the end of this course, instructors will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- Stages bike features and BikeFit
- Stages console features and how to build classes using data
- The relationship between watts, RPM, resistance, time & distance
- The Stages Simple Set Method of Class Design
Which Certification Is Right For You Or Your Studio?
At Stages, we believe that group exercise is good business and that great instructors are the key to great classes. We are committed to helping you build both!
We recommend starting with the Stages ONE certification and then adding either Stages BEATS or Stages POWER (or both) depending on the type of classes instructors will teach. More advanced instructors may be able to jump directly to Stages BEATS or Stages POWER.
With our NEW online options, every instructor can quickly and easily gain education and upskill in the specific areas they choose. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been coaching for decades, Stages interactive courses will challenge you and help you design extraordinary class experiences!