Being an effective Indoor Cycling instructor is all about engaging your participants.

ICI/PRO members do that best.

ICI Podcast 369 – The Haywire Heart – How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You…

  Can too much exercise be bad for you? Could the hours spend conditioning as an endurance athlete actually be damaging your heart? Sounds counter intuitive… until you read this new book from author Chris, Managing Editor of VeloNews – The Haywire Heart – How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You and what you can do to protect your heart.  Beyond listening to our discussion below, you can get a 

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Are 3 Food Myths Keeping You Stuck?

Many myths about food and nutrition exist, but the 3 below keep coming up among prospective clients over and over. Let’s take a look. 1. Nutrition is only important for weight loss. Yes, weight loss is the main reason people modify their nutrition. And yes, tons of weight-loss information is available online – and much of it contradicts other info you’ll find. But good nutrition can help with many issues. 

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The Black Hole for Runners – and Cyclists

My friend Sally Edwards makes an excellent point here that applies equally to any endurance athlete and affirms our discussion from Podcast 368 – Does Intensity Trump Duration?. It turns out that very fast runs are good for you—and that moderately fast runs (those just above threshold, in the Black Hole) are not. That’s because Black Hole runs are too slow to cause enough stress to make your body want 

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Your Health & Your Food: Are You Teachable?

Do you have a persistent health issue that hasn’t responded to your nutrition efforts? More and more people are using nutrition and fitness to help them overcome problems that used to send them to doctors and pharmacies. If you’ve been working on the problem for a while – weight loss, high glucose, headaches – you probably have tried many strategies. But others may exist. Don’t assume you’ve tried everything. Here 

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ICI PRO Podcast 368 – Does Intensity Trump Duration?

Do Indoor Cycling Classes really need to be 45-60 minutes – to provide the health and fitness benefits expected by our participants? Asked another way: If your studio offered classes that were shorter (say 30 minutes), while still just as effective as 3/4 or a full hour, could an “express class” attract people who feel time strapped? Of course anytime you use the words “just as effective” smart Instructors are 

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3 Questions Never To Ask About Sugar

These days, everyone seems to know that sugar is bad news and should be avoided. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve heard every possible question about it, but a few sugar questions pop up over and over again. Here are 3 of them. • If I quit sugar, will I have to do it forever? No nutrition question is ever wrong or out of bounds. But this one is asked 

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Dear Instructor: If you don’t have something nice to say…

What if you could get inside the minds of your students? It’s common to hear compliments from your regulars about what you are doing well, but what about the students who come once and decide never to return? So far, we have explored the importance of preparation, and welcoming every student. This week, we’ll consider the need for tact and professionalism, even when the complaint is valid. Imagine that you 

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Dear Instructor: Make everyone feel welcome

What if you could get inside the minds of your students? It’s common to hear compliments from your regulars about what you are doing well, but what about the students who come once and decide never to return?  Last week, we explored the importance of preparation, which opened up a great discussion about our responsibilities and how much is too much to expect of the instructor.  This week, we’ll examine a 

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Dear Instructor: Taking on the talkers

What if you could get inside the minds of your students? Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a little feedback now and again? Imagine that you are unpacking your gym bag after class. There is a note sitting on top. It says… Dear Instructor, Thank you. I appreciate what you did in class yesterday when those two women would not stop chatting. You tried your best. Please don’t feel badly 

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Be The Instructor (Inspirer) Your Students Can’t Wait To See Again…A Lesson On Being An Encourager

You met Dr. Shannon back on Podcast #200 and now she is an official ICI/PRO Team Member! This is the first in a four part series; Be The Instructor (Inspirer) Your Students Can’t Wait To See Again Your alarm goes off and even the sun is still asleep.  It’s time to get to your class and teach the best class of your life.  But you don’t feel like it.  Now what?  

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How to Keep Crowds into February – Presentation by Shannon Fable of GroupEx PRO

How to retain new members to health club

Shannon Fable, Co-Founder and President of GroupEx PRO Group, has published this informative presentation directed at Instructors and studio owners/managers: How to Keep Crowds into February January is such a great time of year for Fitness Professionals, especially group fitness instructors.  Studios are packed and there are tons of new faces! And, as a GFM, I’m sure you are searching for ways to keep the excitement alive well past the January 

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