I started teaching in a brand new beautiful YMCA that opened its doors this April and we are very lucky there to have a room full of 40 brand new M3 bikes.
I taught somewhere else in the past with spinning bikes that have the red knob for resistance and having that little screen on the M3s is a very nice feature.
On the other hand, like 85% of the members who come to the classes are new to indoor cycling and the screen confuses the heck out of them.
I tried to explain different zones where they should be at based on how much difficulty levels they feel and to adjust accordingly but they are lost.
I tried to teach with the watts during first week of April but decided to drop it since they had no clue what i was saying.
Today, a new summer schedule began and i decided to give the Watts another chance.
I asked them to sprint as much as possible for 10 secs then look at their watts and that this would be their 100%. Then, I would ask them during class to go at different % of that after and to play with the RPM and gear to affect the watts.
So just came back from class. I saw many confused faces and got some feedback that my new music is not as good as the old one. This kind of sucks specially that I spent a lot of time yesterday preparing the new music for the new class.
I also had new members today that were chatty Kathys as some of ou guys call them, mic problems and overall, class did not go too well.
So any suggestions for the watts?
By the way, I asked the members and none of the other instructors in this gym use watts to teach.
I must say though that for the members who have been coming regularly to my class, there is a big noticeable difference in their strength and ability to climb and sprint now so it makes me feel great to see this difference.
Now time to work on the music for a new class that is on the new schedule that begins tomorrow at 6:45 am. Hope i can wake up on time