Still More on Motivation

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By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas As you may know from reading these posts, I’ve written about motivation in several of them.  I’m often asked to speak to groups about motivation, or write about it in newsletters that go out to athletes.  It typically happens in January, because the expectation is that everyone has de-tuned over the holiday season and let their fitness and discipline slide.  Since I don’t 

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Coaching students during their “Golden Hour”

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I suppose I should start this by answering your question; “what exactly is their Golden Hour, John?” It’s my description of the 60 minutes, that follows the first 30 minutes, of aerobic activity. For you, me and many (if not most) of the students in your class, we all have a period of time where we are the strongest on the bike. Depending on your level of fitness, that period 

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Motivation vs. Enthusiasm

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By Team ICG® Master Trainer Joan Kent Do any of your students struggle with motivation? Have any of them missed classes, perhaps several in a row, because they “just didn’t feel motivated”? For a number of years, I’ve been an instructor/nutritionist for a weight-management program that includes indoor cycling. Motivation has often been an issue. Which comes first – motivation or results? My immediate response to that question was “motivation.” 

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Solving Student’s Technical Problems

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Question from an ICI/PRO member: Hey john, I had a rider wearing a Timex HRM in class yesterday and it would not pick up her heart rate on the Keiser console of any of the bikes?  It does work on other equipment in the facility (treadmills etc.) Is there a reason for this? and what she should check if purchasing another HRM to look out for? thanks This had me 

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Power, Part 2: Effortless Power and the Inner Aspect of Cycling

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By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas – What’s the use of a state-of-the-art bicycle and a robust training plan if the rider hasn’t developed spirit or mental control? Many coaches will tell you that no equipment or training method has value unless it helps to develop your spirit. Those coaches search for ways to infuse a calm and balanced mental attitude in their students and assure heightened clarity of 

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Lookin’ for Energy in All the Wrong Places

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By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci The tendency of the western mind is to expand and be progressive. The desire to “take it to the next level” is part of that, the goal of it. Progression is inherent in physical training. Until periodization became popular, all cardio-based training was based on progression. With periodization, cardio training still progresses, but in 

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Sports Psychologist Dr. KC Wilder to present at the conference!

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This is exciting! Sports Psychologist (and ICI/PRO Member) Dr. KC Wilder was planning to attend this year’s ICI/PRO conference. She offered (and I accepted of course) to teach one of her signature rides on Saturday October 1st. Tour de You (Ride)  Special guest Instructor Dr. K C Wilder will take you on her Swirling Circles of Freedom ride where she will teach you how to help your students transfer their stress 

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I had a bad experience today

You need all three sides

Please learn from this article My good friend John Macgowan of www.indoorcycleinstructor.com effectively outlined the three components of a group fitness class: 1) foundation, 2) media (i.e. music) and 3) presentation. It is my opinion that neither one, alone, will make your class great, but one, alone, can ruin it. I participated in an indoor cycle class this morning and I am confident I will never attend this instructor’s class 

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Is it worth the risk?

Risk & Reward Ahead

With the increase popularity of indoor cycle classes comes new participants. These club members have been eyeing your class and have been asking other members about their experiences. As much as they would like to try out your cycle class, there are a few distracting, “what if” thoughts they can’t seem to eliminate: What if I can’t keep up with the rest of the class? What if I get injured? 

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Using Imagery to Improve Technique

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Athletes know all too well the benefits of using imagery before competition. A tennis player will imagine his powerful topspin-slice first serve. A golfer will rely on imagery to review her plan of action for her next swing. A baseball player will use imagery to get motivated for when it’s his turn at bat. With proper execution, imagery can also be used during your indoor cycle classes to correct and 

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You May Be More Powerful Than You Think

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Do you have expectations about the ability of your individual participants? Ever notice how many of your expectations become a reality? In many cases, this is due to your intelligence of your sport and fitness knowledge. However, research continues to demonstrate that a leader’s (i.e. coach or instructor) expectation of his/her followers (i.e. athlete or fitness participant) influence performance. The phenomena is called the self-fulfilling prophecy. For indoor cycle classes, 

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