These thoughtfully chosen values distinguish C.O.R.E Cycling® from other indoor cycling certification programs. Anchored in these values, our certification program delivers the knowledge and skill to inspire an average instructor to become an extraordinary indoor cycling coach capable of bringing out the highest potential, in themselves and others.

The instruction offered in a C.O.R.E Cycling® certification program is based on authentic outdoor cycling fundamentals. This also distinguishes our program from others. Although the indoor cycling ‘spinning® bicycle’ was originally created as a complement to outdoor cycling, unfortunately, the activity has become nothing more than "aerobics on a bike". C.O.R.E Cycling® restores the integrity of the indoor cycling workout by tying it back to outdoor cycling and the solid best practices that have served the sport throughout its long and respected history. The benefits of coaching an indoor cycling class in this way provides participants with a cross-pollination of practical skills that they can either take outdoors or have serve as part of a well-rounded cross-training regime that enhances overall fitness in other areas of sport, profession or life.

Our program offers an extremely thorough approach to safety with consideration given to both short-term and long-term effects of proper bike set-up, pedal mechanics and form. We mitigate injury by graduating highly knowledgeable and fully prepared instructors who demonstrate their commitment to proper cycling fundamentals by never engaging in dangerous ‘fad’ moves.
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The C.O.R.E® philosophy is based on people – the belief that there is nothing more powerful than human connection. This is true for the community of instructors as well as the connection with participants in an indoor cycling class. Just as an instructor builds a relationship with her class, graduates of the C.O.R.E Cycling® certification program will have a permanent connection with each other and their master trainer. And a further distinction of our program is the back-end support given through continuing education and connections to employment opportunities.

The C.O.R.E Cycling® certification program is not for everyone – this also makes our program different. Much is expected from our potential instructors as we believe much will be given to them. A C.O.R.E Cycling® certification is not automatically given – it is earned. We believe so strongly in the soundness of our program that we will issue a refund if it is determined that there is an incompatible fit between C.O.R.E Cycling® and a potential instructor.


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Clair Cafaro is the President of C.O.R.E Cycling®. With over 14 years experience in the indoor and outdoor cycling environment Clair has built a formidable foundation on which this innovative certification program is based. Embracing cyclists at every level Clair is also a Periodization Planning Specialist through the Tudor Bompa Institute as well as a level 1 multi-sport coach with the NCCP. C.O.R.E Cycling® is a registered member of the Fitness Industry Council of Canada and the Ontario Coaches Association. C.O.R.E ™ certified instructors have graduated throughout Canada. We proudly count men and women of our armed forces as graduates. In addition, Clair believes very strongly in the concept of paying it forward and makes philanthropy an important aspect of C.O.R.E Cycling®. The program has raised funds for the Betty Wallace Women’s Health Clinic by participating in the 24 Hour Spin and through Clair as a member of ‘Team Amazing Amelia’ raising funds for Coast to Coast Against Cancer raising over $120,000 toward camps for children living with and beyond cancer.



‘The spirit of spinning was born in South Africa when a dispirited four-and-a-half-year-old kid named Jonathan Goldberg climbed onto his first bicycle, pointed it toward the beach and started pedaling....’


“...I marvel constantly at how this tiny nucleus grew into Spinning®...the thrill, the energy, the power and the sensuality that fill a room when I lead a training on my Johnny G Spinner® fills me with joy. With headphones and microphone in place, I face a group of beautiful, eager cyclists, all of us Spinning our legs to the music, dropping sweat...and facing ourselves.” - Johnny Goldberg


Excerpt from “Romancing the Bicycle - The Five Spokes of Balance” - Andrea Cagan

By 1995 Johnny Goldberg had taken on partner John Baudhuin and Mad Dogg Athletics was born. Mad Dogg licensed both the "Johnny G Spinner®" as well as the entire "Spinning®" program.