Update from John: This post was originally published in June of last year, shortly before we lost Jim. I thought Jim’s wisdom could add to our current conversation about SoulCycle, so I’m re-publishing this today. By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Why would anyone want to do it? It’s crazy. What about the bike? Connecting with it. Feeling the road. How can anyone NOT want to feel the road?
by Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas I woke up on August 19 to read that indoor cycling enthusiast and specialized mechanic Jeff Wimmer was dead. Some of us have been in the business a long time and should expect that people around us will die; it’s part of growing old. Still, when someone as notable as Jeff Wimmer leaves us early, the enormous gap can’t be filled. Jeff was
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas In the early days of indoor cycling, there was a problem. When bike resistance was low, the weighted flywheel connected to a fixed gear with a chain produced an unnatural degree of momentum. It permitted riders’ legs to spin at cadences far above their natural ability. This resulted in the infamous “bouncing” in the saddle, as well as potentially catapulting them over the
by Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas At the beginning of every class we teach is an activity called “warming up”. Since the warm-up seems inadequate in many indoor cycling classes, I felt a review of the process would be beneficial to have on record. During warm-up, we try to bring the expected working muscles to a state of readiness. To many, this means an easy roll of the legs
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas IHRSA 2013 demonstrated a major increase in club owners’ interest in virtual indoor cycling classes – rides led by a virtual coach or voice-over using Forward Motion Video (FMV). No instructor present. It was apparent at the IHRSA Trade Show that many club owners are now considering technology-based workouts. Fitness companies have picked up on the benefits of virtual indoor cycling, chronicled by
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas If you teach an authentic style of Indoor Cycling and pattern your classes after riding a real bicycle, invariably students who have not ridden a bike for many years will ask you the above question. Unless you are an avid rider or coach people outdoors, as well as indoors, you may not have an educated response. If you read John’s recent post “Sticker
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Daylight Savings Time and warm weather are fast approaching. Students will begin to alter their training schedules to include more outdoor riding. I’ve always encouraged that. In teaching an authentic method of indoor cycling (my style of teaching is patterned after riding a real bicycle), I’ve always urged my students to try the real thing. As enjoyable as a class can be, there’s
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Early adopters of any new product or service are important in the fitness industry. They’re adventurous, even brave, individuals who put their business reputation on the line to promote something new before anyone else. They do this to differentiate from traditional fitness offerings and stay cutting edge. Body By X Skill Development & Training Center in Corte Madera, California (www.getfitmarin.com) was the third
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Video impacts Indoor Cycling more than any other form of Group Fitness. With the advent of Forward-Motion Video (FMV), the indoor cycling instructor can integrate the video into the ride profile for the day’s class. It’s an asset that the instructor can use to enhance the experience of the class participant directly. This can’t be done in any other type of class. You
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Video is taking over the world. Over 4 billion hours of video are viewed each month, and YouTube is the most-used search engine, after Google. Video is also changing indoor cycling classes everywhere. Like music, video engages our emotions. To reach a cycling audience with imagery and music creates a synergy that lifts indoor cycling to new levels. Club owners seek something innovative.
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Using power/watts conventionally in indoor cycling improves students’ fitness. But it’s the tip of the iceberg, a small projection of the immense power below the surface. Consider, instead, introducing the concept of effortless power in your classes. Without the inner aspect, indoor cycling can limit students’ imagination, causing confusion and disappointment when progress wanes. The inner factors – center and intrinsic energy –