So you made it through your audition and your name is listed as “Instructor” on the schedule. Congratulations! It’s very common for the initial excitement, “I can’t believe it… I’m an Indoor Cycling Instructor!!” to quickly fade away, replaced by fear and anxiety. The realization that in __ days you’ll be mounting the bike and leading your class for the very first time, typically solicits “HELP! I’m teaching my first class on Thursday!!”
Are you annoying some of your current (or potential) participants? You know, rubbing those folks who are of a different/opposite personality type than yours the wrong way? I recently came to the conclusions that there’s a good chance that I do at times – please let me know if any of this makes sense to you… Yesterday I gave a presentation to our sold-out group of studio owners and Instructors
Howdy Fit Folk! John Macgowan has so graciously invited me to contribute to the vast wealth of knowledge that is the ICI/PRO community– woohoo!! Lucky me. 🙂 To those of you that I had the great pleasure of meeting at the 2011 ICI/PRO conference, hello again! To those of you that I have yet to meet, I look forward to many opportunities to open a dialog, discuss new concepts and
Do you know the Language of Power? I invited Cameron Chinatti and Doug Rusho from Stages Indoor Cycling back to the Podcast to learn how they communicate the concepts of Power in ways that reach the different learning styles and personalities in your classes. Here’s the link to ICI/PRO Podcast #207 – Understanding FTP Functional Threshold Power with Cameron Chinatti that we discuss during the interview. Download the transcript of this podcast. Become
ICI/PRO member Dr. Marc Schlosberg is one of those Early Adopters you’ve no doubt heard discussed in the media. This group is quick to experiment with and embrace new technology. Marc was one of the first Instructors to use Spotify in his classes and he joined me on the podcast to discuss this (at the time) exciting new option for delivering music to our classes. Marc sent me this email yesterday,
Over the last couple of days I’ve remembered a few points that didn’t make it into either part 1 or part 2 of my SoulCycle articles that I wanted to share today. 3 pound hand weights can get really heavy This was surprising to me John! I received a bunch of emails and read multiple Facebook comments, all expressing the same basic sentiments; your observations are the exact opposite from
9/19 update – listen to my interview with Dr Wendy Suzuki about Creativity Indoor Cycling here. I know that whenever I’m feeling the need to get more creative, I’ll attend someone else’s cycling class. Typically Amy’s Saturday morning Evolution class at Fife Time. Not having to focus on delivering the class myself, after about 15 minutes I tend to zone-out and new ideas just start coming to me. I know
There I was, enjoying another instructor’s class JRA (just riding along) in my own little zoned out world. I get that way often, when I’m aerobic and don’t have to focus on teaching. It’s typical for this to happen to me in a class where the instructor tends to offer too much… of everything. Too much droning, unrecognizable fitness music. Too much explanation. Too much encouragement. Too much talking/chatter… period.
Recently John posted another excellent piece related to the power of three. He concluded with ICI/PRO’s own version of three-zone power training. I applauded him in the comment section thanking him for getting back to basics. As a primary facilitator of ZONING (a two threshold three zone heart rate training system) with Sally Edwards I couldn’t agree more with John’s support and suggestion that our club athletes don’t need more.
Fitness equipment replacement parts distributor Sportsmith is offering a 15% discount for ICI/PRO readers and listeners. They have most everything you’ll need to tune up all your bikes and have them ready for the fall (is it really coming so soon?) rush of new participants. I’ve worked with Sportsmith for years – they distribute my Red Pedal Tool for easily and safely removing the fitness shoe cages from the Schwinn
NOTE: I’ll be publishing what I believe are the 10 Myths of Indoor Cycle Rider Setup / Bike Fit on Wednesdays each week, starting today with: Myth #1 – It’s proper, for you the instructor, to cue people to draw in their knees. I cringe whenever I hear; “OK people, now I want everyone to bring in your knees!” because, for most of the riders in class, everyone’s knees are