You should really meet Daniel De Lone! He’s an instructor at Elite Sports Club – Mequon. This post is part of a series in which we’re highlighting some of the people that help make Elite Sports Clubs so great. If you have a suggestion for an instructor that you’d like to see included in this series, let us know in the comment section below!
All About Daniel De Lone:
1. What classes do you currently teach?
Spin. Spinning® to be exact. The instructors at Elite are all very qualified and certified instructors. My certification is from the creators of indoor cycling, founded by Johnny G, Spinning®. I add a macro-periodization program to the core elements and incorporate focus on heart rate zone training and body awareness.
2. How long have you been teaching group exercise?
Just under 5 years. (About 781 classes, or 15,620 indoor miles give or take.)
3. What made you want to start teaching group exercise?
I started bicycle (road) racing and became a licensed USCF cyclist at age 13, racing competitively for many years — locally, regionally, and as far away as Italy. I’ve been very fortunate to have had superb coaching, nutritionists, sports psychologists, physiologists, and the such. I was introduced to Spinning® — as winter in Wisconsin is not kind to cyclists. I found a very social and fun aspect to the indoor cycling scene. Now that I am getting old(er), I enjoy giving back, sharing what I have learned and helping others achieve their goals.
4. What is your favorite part about teaching your class(es)?
Seeing people make progress towards their goals and hearing success stories from members really fuels my passion. That, and there is a social dynamic where it seems we end up having fun — and oh yeah, by the way, we also end up exercising. And yes, you can actually have fun at 5:30am.
5. What’s your favorite song or style of music to teach to?
I really like music. I tend to be very in tune with making sure the music is matched to the effort of the class. I pay attention to beats per minute, the song lyrics (most have some twisted irony in the lyrics) and make sure I don’t play any song to death. Well, maybe one. (“She-Wolf… evil laugh).
6. What is your favorite exercise to do in your class?
Why Spinning®, of course. Wait, that’s all we do! Ok, seriously, it is important to give people a chance to see if they are making progress, so I incorporate checkpoints along the way. About every 4 weeks or so, there is a (short) time trial / distance challenge. Without some sort of metric, it is really hard to tell if one is making progress to their goal. For those that have goals of increased performance, this is their thing. I have other exercises for other members with different goals. Some members have weight loss goals, some general fitness. Some are highly competitive. It’s my job to get to know you and provide an opportunity to achieve your goals.
7. How do you stay active outside of your own classes?
My Family. We always seem to be on the move. Sports, activities, school events, cub scouts, travel, you name it. And keeping up with my young boys is more challenging than any spin class, hands down.
8. What else do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Hmmmm… trying to whittle away on what’s been piling up on the DVR. That, and devising (I mean putting together) the workout for my next class.
9. What advice do you give people who are coming into your classes for the first time?
All are welcome. It does not matter if you are a first time participant or a seasoned athlete. As the general conditioning varies greatly between members in the class, I have every member establish a baseline — or base gear. This ‘gear’ simulates a flat road, on a sunny day, no hills or wind. This is the gear that during the class we will either add to or subtract from. I balance the relative effort by adding in cadence references and heart rate targets. At the end of class, the first timer will have had the same quality and intensity workout as the elite athlete in class, and everyone in-between. My classes all have a purpose — a specific purpose. There really is a method to the madness. Come with an open mind and have fun.
10. What personal advice do you give someone who is looking to get to a healthier point in their life?
Set goals. Write them down. Share them with someone — a confidant, a family member, significant other, or the world. Find something you enjoy; chances are you may forget it is exercise. If you like to dance, try Zumba. Treat/reward yourself when you achieve a goal or milestone. Bodies need recovery — don’t over train. Find a technology that works for you; MyFitnessPal calorie tracker worked well for me, maybe a FitBit is better for you. And most importantly, it’s a journey, nothing happens overnight, except maybe sleep — unless you are trying to catch up with that darn DVR.
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