“I don’t understand. She trains well.” The program manager made that comment when a participant in our weight loss program didn’t get results. I was both an athletic coach and the lead nutritionist. His comment exasperated me. Of course she trained well. She was an expert at that because of her food issues. She’d junk out, then “train well” to burn off the unwanted calories. It wasn’t always the same
Being an effective Indoor Cycling instructor is all about engaging your participants.
ICI/PRO members do that best.
If you’ve followed indoorcycleinstructor.com for any length of time you know that I’m a huge fan of the 2T/3Z method of Heart Rate training which is the basis for Zoning. That simple Blue/Yellow/Red response from my Blink Heart Rate monitor is (to me) the perfect way to introduce zone based heart rate training into your class. Here’s some proof of it’s success – OK it’s a bit rough, but Diana presents
By Jennifer Lintz, Registered Dietitian and ICI/PRO Member Soigneur One of my colleagues recently asked me if I ever feel like a broken record on the instructor bike. Of course! I have definitely fallen into ruts where I find myself using the same cues over and over. In a class where variety of all kinds is important, it can be challenging to be clear and motivating without relying on the
Back to business this morning at the “Spa” (Minnetonka LifeTime Athletic Club & Spa) after the summer break. Everyone calls it the Spa because it’s full name is just too much of a mouthful, especially in the early AM. It’s amazing how consistent (or maybe habitual is a better word) people tend to be. I zipped into the parking lot at 5:30 AM with a full 15 minutes to spare and pulled
The computer industry has an acronym: G.I.G.O which stands for: GARBAGE IN = GARBAGE OUT It refers to the idea that if your input data/information is inaccurate (GARBAGE IN), then any computations, using that inaccurate data/information can’t be anything other than GARBAGE OUT. Over the years I’ve come to believe that you should carefully consider G.I.G.O as it could apply to the Heart Rate & Power training you offer in
I love seeing stuff like this! ICI/PRO member Joe Ducosin was the front cover model of our local community magazine – you look great Joe 🙂 Joe’s Cycle Quest Studio runs a regular weight loss challenge and it was featured in this article; Southwest Metro Fitness Challenges – Local gyms and fitness studios offer motivation for kicking your metabolism to a new level. Pedal Off the Pounds Duration: Eight weeks, beginning September 10. Goal: Weight loss through exercise
OK , What’s holding you back? I had an ‘aha’ moment after last week’s Sunday morning ride with the group which is going to tackle the Cabot Trail. All of these people started their cycling in my indoor classes so I have had an opportunity to observe their strengths and limitations. I can work on the same issues indoors and then outdoors, and then take the outdoors experience indoors to help
As Instructors, our riders will often asked us questions about: insert topic here. Where we can get into trouble is by launching into a short/long/epic dissertation on the subject, often without fully understanding the whole question. My first sales job out of school was selling motorcycles. For someone like me, who at 22 couldn’t be around them enough, it was the perfect job. Being the new guy, I asked a
I want to share this email exchange I had with ICI/PRO member Julie Zweck-Bronner. Hi John, You have said you teach at a facility that has the Freemotion bikes. I was wondering if that facility uses the pedals that came with the bikes or different pedals. We will get 40 Freemotion bikes in May and are wondering how to accommodate our riders that have LOOK cleats. Should we spend the money
If you’re about to start teaching a class that includes both cycling and rowing, here are a few tips. Stay off the bike. To handle all the variables in a cycling/rowing class, you’ll need to be on your feet, moving around the room. Will you warm up? On-bike stretches won’t work in a split class. Decide whether you’ll begin with a full-class stretch and warm-up, or have the participants take
My Monday morning (5:45 am) classes are always a JRA Endurance ride. My class looks forward to them as a foundational part of their weekly training. The combination of plenty of caffeine + a steady Aerobic effort gets the old brain cells working and the creative juices flowing. This past Monday was no exception and I found myself considering the state of Indoor Cycling and it’s potential for the future.