ICI/PRO Podcast 348 Beat Down Audio Profile with Krista Leopold


As promised, here’s Krista Leopold’s Indoor Cycling Class Profile; Beat Down! Training Type: LT Intervals Working HR Zones: 4 Total Class Length: 55 min Objective and Intensity After recently being inspired by a boxing match I watched at the nail salon of all places, I decided to try to bring my riders into the ring for a full class. This ride is shaped by the structure of a boxing match. 

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Meet Fatima Batook – Spinning® Studio owner in Saudi Arabia

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Barbara Hoots suggested that I share this article from Fluff Magazine about fitness entrepreneur Fatima Batook. She and her partner have opened Studio 55 – a women’s only fitness studio in Saudi Arabia Meet Saudi Arabia’s Female Fitness Pioneer Fatima Batook is the leading authority figure in Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning Spinning® industry. Not only is she a pioneering female in the space, she’s cultivating a community of happy, inspired ladies and 

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Making effortless connections with participants

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I love sharing anything created by public speaking expert Alexa Fischer. She has just published part one of a free video series. I just finished watching this 13 min video and felt you may enjoy learning how to move past the negative thoughts that could be holding you back from effortlessly connecting with your riders. When opportunities happen, it’s up to you to be ready. Whether it’s chatting your boss 

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Do Something that Scares You

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  By Jennifer Lintz, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and ICI/PRO Contributor Have you ever not done something because you weren’t sure you could? As instructors, I have a feeling many of us talk quite a bit about comfort zones (specifically, getting out of them) in our classes, but I often wonder … do we take our own advice? I have seen Eleanor Roosevelt’s quotes on this topic numerous times, but I will 

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Stop Listening To Vegetarians and Start Eating Complete Protein (You’ll Focus Better!)

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True observation: I’ve had quite a few class participants who were unable to focus for more than 30 seconds at a time. No exaggeration. It was particularly noticeable in rowing (it’s easier to hide on a bike), and usually coincided with the fact that they were vegetarians. Another rowing instructor told me that someone in his class “can’t focus longer than 30 seconds.” When I asked, it turned out the 

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Keeping It FUN – Indoor Cycling’s Guide To The Wireless World

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  Congratulations! You have decided to take the leap and open an Indoor Cycling studio…you’re not alone. Dedicated Indoor Cycling studios are growing in popularity and numbers. Owning an Indoor Cycling studio is FUN and like any other new small business adventure, not without obstacles. Let’s assume that you’ve done all your research, found the perfect location, pulled permits, hired an architect, created a logo, chosen your bikes, learned new 

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Use Thought Bubbles for Class Story Line and Cues

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In Jennifer Lintz’s last post; Use YOUR Workout as Inspiration for your Next Class , Jennifer talked about using your personal workouts and build a class around them. Makes sense to me… because I’ve experienced something, I can more accurately describe the feelings, intensity, frustration, etc… I follow communication expert Alexa Fischer (she was featured on Podcast #296) and she’s frequently sending out short videos that seem to always get me 

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Still More on Motivation


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


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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