If you have taught more than 10 classes I guarantee you have come across various types of riders that you can put in categories: serious cyclists, people fixated on numbers, singers, etc. Then there are the Baffling Ones.
You know the riders who just do the same thing every time they sit on that bike, regardless of what the class is about?
There are those who love going hard and fast or hard and slow even if you are asking for something completely opposite. But these guys at least get a workout. Whether they get long term results is another question but they leave sweaty and with a “mission accomplished” written across their faces.
Recently I had a different rider in my class in a studio that has simple consoles with only RPM. I’ll take any data over no data and RPM is great as it allows even a first timer to see if they are within the recommended brackets.
This lady sat in the front row right in front of me. I ask people to look for their “base” gear and RPM even before we start the class so they are ready once we do. My warm up always starts around 80-90RPM.
During the warm up I reiterate its point: to warm you up and to start changing your breathing. If you don’t feel any difference after 5min, something needs to change – resistance or speed. I also point out that if you start your warm up really slow, at 60RPM you will not feel these changes.
Still the lady in question kept going at around 60RPM. I cued a few times the speed of legs required, where to check it on the console or to match my legs etc. As I often teach off the bike I started walking around, approached her and realised her console wasn’t even on! I thought – problem solved. Far from it…
For the whole 45min despite the class profile being rolling hills, she proceeded to plod along – to me – pointlessly.
Every time I coached from my bike or walked up to her using visual cues, verbal cues, pointing to the numbers on the console – nothing would bring a result.
Don’t get me wrong, she was not upset, she was smiling. She did not feel she was being picked on but she looked at me with eyes wide open in wonder as if nobody ever paid any attention to her.
All the while I was thinking to myself: she is not getting anything out of that class, no workout, no sweat, nothing.
But when the class finished, the unthinkable happened. She came over to me and said: OMG I loved your class! I was gobsmacked. I wanted to say: WHY!? You didn’t do any of it!!! But I was rendered speechless. I wanted to actually talk to her more but some other people approached me and when I turned around, she was gone.
I hope I will see her again and get my answer. Mind boggles…