Indoor cycling instructor course

Shift your career in fitness up a gear with this energetic group indoor cycling qualification

Indoor cycle class
Indoor cycling class

Level 2 indoor cycling instructor course

Discover how to plan and teach energetic and original studio-based cycling classes with this ease with this indoor cycling instructor qualification. Break free from the pre-choreographed programmes and discover how to develop your own unique cycling format.

  • Internationally recognised:

    YMCA accredited and CIMSPA endorsed

  • Action packed:

    Fully loaded with high-energy practical workshops

  • Completely license free:

    No ongoing license fees or renewal charges

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Book your place for only £100 deposit

Book your place for only £100 deposit

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Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £261.25 5% discount £13.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £30 and 5 x £29 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £275



Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £470.25 5% discount £24.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £70 and 5 x £65 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £495

Course overview: Level 2 indoor cycling instructor

If you're looking to become a qualified group indoor cycling instructor and discover what it takes to create freestyle, energetic and creative studio cycling classes, you've come to the right place. This high-powered course packs in knowledge and choreography, so strap in!

Build on the popularity of Spinning, RPM and other indoor cycling formats with our Level 2 Indoor Cycling Instructor course. This is an essential qualification if you are looking to start your own indoor cycling programmes outside of the pre-choreographed, branded cycling formats. This is also the only Ofqual regulated indoor cycling programme.

The popularity of indoor cycling continues to grow, with new trends and spins on the exercise format emerging all the time. Studio cycling classes provide a range of health, fitness and social benefits, and these classes are always in-demand, especially when they are well taught.

Our indoor cycling instructor course is delivered entirely online, combining comprehensive eLearning, short theory lectures and high-energy practical workshops showing you how to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to the studio. Also, layered into the programme are a number of theory and practical activities which you’ll also need to complete to achieve this qualification.

While you will have unlimited access to a strong team of experienced instructors throughout your studies, we also strongly recommend that you connect with a local indoor cycling instructor and that throughout your studies, you shadow, participate, and maybe even team teach parts of a class to build your knowledge, skills and confidence. This will help you get the most out of this programme.

Whether you are a gym instructor or group exercise to music instructor, indoor cycling presents an excellent opportunity for you to upskill, developing more knowledge and skills to expand your career prospects and earning potential.

This course is designed for those who already have experience of, and a passion for, group indoor cycling classes. If you have limited experience in studio-based cycling, you’ll still be able to enrol providing that you meet the entry requirements, but you will need to give yourself more time to become more familiar with the format.

  • Award vs. Certificate

    The award version of this group indoor cycling course is specifically designed for qualified fitness instructors that hold a full Level 2 qualification (e.g. gym instructor, exercise to music instructor).

    If you don't currently hold a full level 2 fitness instructor qualification, you will need to select the Certificate version of the course, which will cover more generic level 2 units, like anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and supporting clients in a fitness environment. These units will already have been completed by those holding a full-level 2 qualification.

    The Certificate version of the course will carry an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra units. So, when you complete this qualification as a Certificate, you'll be awarded with a full Level 2 Certificate in Group Exercise Instruction (group indoor cycling).

  • Entry requirements

    First and foremost, you will need practical experience of participating in indoor cycling classes on a regular basis, including spinning or RPM. If you don't have this experience, we recommend that you start taking 2-3 classes per week, at least during the home-study period of your course. Being familiar with the bike and the structure of sessions will prove incredibly useful when you start learning.

    On enrolment, you'll need to decide whether you are completing the 'award' or 'certificate' version of this qualification. If you're already a fitness instructor/personal trainer, then you only need to complete the award. If you have no fitness qualifications, then you'll need to complete the certificate.

    Feel free to contact our Careers Team if you have any questions or need some friendly advice.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 2 Indoor Cycling Instructor course is fully endorsed by YMCA Awards and CIMSPA.

  • Learning materials

    All of the learning content and materials you need to achieve this qualification are included. From the moment you enrol, you'll have access to our online Learner Engagement System (LES) where you'll be able to access the eLearning, complete the learning checks and participate in the theory and practical workshops.

    If you don't have a bike at home, we recommend that you go to the gym and use one there, accessing the cycling classes on your phone or mobile device. This is the best way to truly get the most out of your online studies.

  • Career and progression

    On completion of this level 2 indoor cycling instructor course, you'll be able to teach your own indoor studio-based cycling classes, either in-person or virtually if you so wish. You'll also be qualified to do this 'license free' and without having to pay any ongoing subscriptions to any of the pre-choreographed brands.

    You might also want to consider some additional training to be able to teach other styles of group exercise. Our range of yoga teacher training courses or Pilates training courses are incredibly popular with our group exercise graduates.

  • CIMSPA CPD points

    This qualification is fully mapped to CIMSPAs professional standards and is worth 10 CIMSPA CPD Points.

Payment Options

We pride ourselves on delivering training quality excellence, combining world-class resources, outstanding learner support, and expert tuition and assessment to all our students without compromise. Our online group indoor cycling instructor courses are packed with all of this and more, providing quality, accessibility and flexibility.

There are a number of different ways that you can pay for your training, and these are summarised here. You can also use the payment calculator to spread the cost of your training over 6 months.

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We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.


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Pay in Full


Get a 5% prompt payment discount
when you pay your fees in full.

Buy Now, Pay Later


Term: 6 months

Buy now and pay later with
our INTEREST FREE payment plans.

Purchase Order


Provide a purchase order on enrolment
and settle the invoice within 30 days*

*Only available for business bookings and subject to the appropriate due diligence.

We'll keep you focused

Our learning support service is second to none which is why we have such a strong reputation for training excellence. When you enrol on this group indoor cycling instructor course, you'll have unlimited access to a team of experienced group exercise professionals, not just a chat box! Support is available as and when you need it, and you can contact our tutors via:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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What you'll learn

Group indoor cycling is a high-energy class where instructor and participants alike, unleash all their energy and power as they embark on an exhilarating and uplifting cycling journey together. As an instructor, you'll need to set the pace, both in terms of your cycling speed and your energy and passion, as you create an atmosphere that empowers all your participants to achieve their full athletic potential. Group indoor cycling should be an electrifying and uplifting experience that ignites your students passion, leaving them craving for more.

Throughout the course, we'll teach you a wide-range of knowledge and skills that will allow you to create the above experience.

  • Core principles of indoor cycling

    History of indoor cycling
    Benefits of indoor cycling
    Indoor cycling formats
    Cycling profiles
    Injury avoidance strategies

  • Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology of indoor cycling

    Musculoskeletal demands of cycling
    Physiological demands of cycling
    Mechanics of cycling
    Phases of cycling
    FTP and power thresholds

  • Using music for indoor cycling

    Working to the beat and phrase
    Selecting appropriate music tracks
    Legalities of music
    Structure and arrangement of music
    Suitable music genres
    Meeting individual needs through music

  • Planning indoor cycling sessions

    Warming-up and cooling-down
    Flexibility on and off the bike
    Aerobic conditioning
    Lesson planning
    Indoor cycling methods/techniques
    Lactate threshold and OBLA training
    Functional threshold training (FTP)
    Zone training

  • Teaching indoor cycling sessions

    Teaching and instructor skills/styles
    Working with music
    Signs of over-exertion
    Monitoring intensity
    Cueing - visual and verbal
    Effective teaching positions
    Motivational strategies

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Your road to success

Over the years we helped to launch hundreds of careers in studio and indoor cycling. Here are just a few of the leading health club brands and operators our graduates have gone on to represent.

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Virgin Active gym logo
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Nuffield Health gym logo
Places Leisure logo
David Lloyd clubs logo
Bannatyne gyms logo
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How you'll be assessed

Throughout this interactive online group indoor cycling instructor course, you'll complete a range of formal and informal assessments to ensure that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver safe and effective group indoor cycling session. The formal assessments are standalone assessments that you must pass to be able to achieve the qualification. Your knowledge will mainly be assessed via the online workbooks and the indoor cycling session plan. This session plan will be used to help you prepare for your practical assessment. When you feel ready for your practical assessment, you'll need to record yourself delivering a group indoor cycling class to a group of 4-6 participants, and submit this to us online for marking.

Our learning support team will be on-hand to help you prepare for all assessments so that you are best placed to meet the required criteria.

HFE Theory exam paper


  • Multiple choice
  • Interactive
  • Completed online

Session plan

  • Plan a full class
  • Marked by our tutors
  • Used for practical session


  • Full indoor cycling session
  • 45-60 mins
  • Recorded and marked remotely

Group indoor cycling instructor course with HFE

Here at HFE, we have been delivering group fitness instructor programmes, like the indoor cycling instructor course for almost 20 years. If you're considering a career as an indoor cycling instructor, you might be interested in the information below.

Introduction to group indoor cycling Indoor cycling career opportunities Licensing and recertification

Introduction to indoor cycling

Indoor cycling has been a major feature on the group exercise timetable of most health clubs ever since Johnny Goldberg first introduced it to the fitness industry in the 1990’s. Since then, indoor cycling has gone from strength-to-strength and continues to trump many other forms of group exercise.

The popularity of indoor cycling has been such that many gyms and health clubs have opted to move these classes on to the gym floor for all to see, or build dedicated cycling studios with bespoke light and sound systems to ensure they create the right atmosphere.

If you’re looking to become a group indoor cycling instructor then you can rest assured that there will be plenty of demand for your services for years to come.  If you want to know more about this exciting indoor cycling instructor course, feel free to reach out to our Careers Team who will be more than happy to assist you.

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Indoor cycling opportunities

As a qualified indoor cycling instructor, you’ll become a beacon of motivation, inspiring your participants to push beyond their limits as they work towards achieving their health and fitness goals.

As for you, once you’re qualified you’ll be able to work anywhere instructing group indoor cycling, including:

  • Gyms and health clubs
  • Leisure centres
  • Boutique fitness studios
  • Cruise ships and holiday parks
  • Online – live streaming classes
  • Presenting at events and exhibitions
Female group indoor cycling instructor

Licensing and recertification

On completion of this Level 2 Award/Certificate in Group Indoor Cycling, you’ll be a fully qualified instructor able to deliver studio-based cycling classes in any exercise and fitness facility.

This is a regulated Ofqual qualification that is certificated by YMCA Awards. It’s also fully endorsed by CIMSPA because it’s mapped to their group exercise standard. This qualification represents the highest and most recognised indoor cycling course in the industry.

Indoor cycling programmes like Les Mills RPM and Spinning aren’t qualifications, but instead are instructor CPD courses which need to be completed in addition to other fitness instructor qualifications.

Unlike these and other programmes, this qualification never expires and so there is no need for recertification or renewal. Although it’s important to underline that it is best practice to complete regular CPD training.

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