Over the past few weeks there have been some questions on the ICI/Pro website that gave me the idea for this week’s post. One question was about music flow and another was asked which comes first, playlist or profile? To show one way to make music flow I decided to put together a playlist of songs that are all in the same harmonic key, this is technique is called “Harmonic
Threshold Zombies > what a concept! Ever construct the perfect threshold interval? Where everyone appears to be controlled by the music, hammering away as if they’ve lost connection with everything and anything beyond the pursuit of Zone 4? THRESHOLD! THRESHOLD! NEED MORE THRESHOLD!
I received more responses to the frustration originally expressed by new Instructor Irene in this post; Hey Team > How Would You Answer This Question? What I find to be the single biggest challenge as a new instructor is music- music flow, and knowing what drills or activities to do to what music. I feel at such a loss though when it comes to setting up a class…. And
Improvisation in theatre, comedy or Indoor Cycling is an art that can be improved through trial and practice. Learning to improvise is an important skill that will improve your class presentation and make you a more entertaining Instructor. Disappointedly, I’m just now realizing that we haven’t spent much time educating our ICI/PRO members on this important skill. One of my all-time favorite TV shows was Whose Line Is It Anyway? –
Life Time Fitness is hiring! If you’ve always wanted to teach Indoor Cycling or Group Fitness, at one of their 100+ beautiful upper-end big box clubs, this is could be your big chance 🙂 They (LTF) are all about member experience. The equipment (awesome sound system/twin big-screens for video + FreeMotion S11.9 Indoor Cycles with power) and their studios are fantastic. Their pay is respectable and you aren’t forced to use music
There’s an old saying that goes; “I’ve been at this so long… I’ve forgotten much of what I didn’t know, when I first started.” I’ve taught Indoor Cycling classes since 1998ish. A long time ago for sure. Even back then I had an advantage over most new Instructors. I’m married to the “Senior Group Fitness Instructor” in my family. Amy began her fitness career in 1994 and Spinning® in 1995.
Was it just me, or did that last Instructor never make eye contact with you, either? Amy and I were both participating at a teach-back assessment a few months ago, for Life Time’s new Evolution Signature Indoor Cycling format. There was a handful of Instructors trying out and we all assumed the role as a “participant”, while we waited our turn on the Instructor bike. It wasn’t only you John,
Part 1: Why Leadership, Team-Building, & Creating a Company Culture Will Save Your Ass. Since this is the first of several articles in this series, you and I will be spending some time together over the next few months uncovering what it takes to open, own, and operate a thriving and rewarding indoor cycling studio, so before we set out on this learning journey together I would like to take
We had some excellent questions from Studio Owners this past weekend during our Full Psycle/PRO PIQ workshop. Paul Harmeling addressed these two related questions during the Q&A – I wanted to offer my thoughts on it here: When, or how often, should we be using using the PTP (Personal Threshold Power) mode screen? What exactly should we have our riders doing, during the PTP (Calc) test/assessment? First, for those currently not using
Spotify is continuously updating both their computer software and iPhone/Android Apps. To keep you up-to-speed with changes and improvements, here are a few new tricks you might not be aware of – a few of these are courtesy of PC Magazine: Recover Deleted Playlists Oh Crap! Ever have that sinking feeling when you’ve inadvertently deleted a spotify playlist? Have no fear. Spotify has a place where you can recover deleted
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I did a ton of traveling this past year. Visiting studios where I’ve been brought in to troubleshoot issues, attended multiple conferences (IDEA/IHRSA/WSSC) and I have lost count of how many dozens of classes I’ve taken as a participant in 2014. When I take a class, as a consultant or participant, I pay attention to things many other’s don’t. Take for example Instructor cues directed at correcting form/position/techniques…