Level 2 Award in instructing studio cycling

Would you love to give unforgettable cycle experiences that will inspire people to live an active life? Take your fitness career to the next level by becoming a cycle instructor with the Virgin Active Academy.

Become an indoor cycle instructor

Course cost: £290

Benefits of joining

  • Created by Cycle Master Trainers
  • Fully immersive training to ensure you feel comfortable in leading classes
  • CIMSPA-endorsed

What can I teach?

  • You will be able to go on to teach top-notch indoor cycle classes
  • Go on to complete the internal Virgin Active Tempo and Power course

Job opportunities

  • Guaranteed interview/progression
  • Vacancies available at all Virgin Active clubs
  • Earning potential ranges from £23 to 40 per class

Why become a Cycle Instructor?

If you’ve ever dreamed of helping people fall in love with exercise and have something to look forward to, then becoming a professional Cycle Instructor might just be the right role for you.

This course is designed for anyone that's ready to take their existing skills in gym instructing to the next level. As well as covering different class styles and their individual benefits, safety considerations and how to adapt to the needs of each rider, it will also help you to understand your own teaching style. 

Why take your indoor cycling course with the Virgin Active academy?

Take your confidence to new heights as you gain the ability to programme and teach safe, engaging, and fun indoor studio cycle classes.

  • Master how to programme, structure and deliver a class as well as how to use feel-good music and coaching skills to enhance the experience
  • Become an expert in cycling-specific teaching skills and techniques to enable you to help members achieve fitness goals and keep active
  • Learn the correct bike set-up, posture and cycling techniques
  • Understand health and safety issues enabling instructors to make modifications for each rider, reducing risk and injuries, during and after each class
  • Deliver an enjoyable and uplifting experience through coaching, upbeat tunes, lighting and motivation

How will the course be assessed?

The course is an accredited qualification from Active IQ, one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector. You will therefore be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical demonstrations.

The course is also endorsed by CIMSPA, the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. Upon successful completion this means you will gain 10 CIMSPA points.


Active iQ Award   



Before you join, make sure...

  • Learners must hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructing qualification:
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Group Training

Level up with the Virgin Active Academy

Our Level 2 Cycling course runs on the following dates from 09:00 - 17:00 at Mansion House, London.

Cost: £290

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 July & Saturday 13 - Sunday 14
  • Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 & Saturday 11 - Sunday 12
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