By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas I’ll switch gears from my recent posts on using public speaking techniques to enhance our teaching to talk about what we say. In The Art of Cueing, I discussed the use of cues to bring depth to the class and make it more than just a workout. Cues concerning the science, the music, the video, your personal experience, even philosophy can make your
Being an effective Indoor Cycling instructor is all about engaging your participants.
ICI/PRO members do that best.
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
What do your students think about your class? Do you really know what they are thinking after they leave for home? I found this post from Julie Erdmann at her Tri-ing to be Athletic blog. Julie’s posts are a series of funny drawings that tell her story of her very first Spinning class. http://tri-ingtobeathletic.blogspot.com/2011/01/we-interrupt-current-training-flashback.html She has given me permission to republish the complete post for your entertainment and hopefully a little enlightenment 🙂
My name is Jay Duplessie and I am a proud Indoor Cycling instructor of almost 20 years. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that I am not an outdoor cyclist…….but not for lack of trying. You see something I learned early on was that although I’m addicted to the feeling of a hardcore workout, and I often obsess about getting to the gym, it has
We are less than 60 days from our ride around the Cabot Trail. The group has been very active – increasing distance to 55 km for morning rides, grades to 7+% for hill repeats and making lots of connections between the indoor and outdoor efforts in my classes. We closed the opportunity to join us last week so that we’d have a consistent group with whom to train over the
It is difficult to explain how iconic the Cabot Trail is to Nova Scotians and even Canadians. With six significant climbs (some of which are 13-17% for long stretches) it is notorious and glorious at the same time. The scenery is unparalleled and there is a mystique about the Highlands which captures everyone’s imagination. The trail has been labeled “one of the greatest bike routes on earth” by Bicycling Magazine.
Guest picture post from Julie Erdmann at Tri-ing to be Athletic When I was back in Canada last month, my sister, known to all just you guys as GymSis, could not wait to take me to her gym. And since I had inspired her with the posts here, here, here and here, she felt compelled to drag her younger sister to her spin class. Oh joy. People say we look like twins,
There’s a recurring issue that keeps popping up on Facebook and Pedal-On forum: Does anyone have a suggestion about to do about the consistent talkers in my classes? They’re really disruptive, but I don’t what to offend anyone. What should I do? What follows are a series of well meaning suggestions from other Instructors; turn down the music, make a light joke – you don’t want me to have to
I taught my last class today. My last ride so-to-speak. It all started seven years ago. I had been Spinning® for years. That day our regular instructor asked me to lead her class. She was just too sick. To me – a pilot – it was like being asked to safely land an airliner because the pilots were incapacitated. Truth be told, I was far more prepared to land a
What message do you send from the bike, while conducting your class? If that’s that’s of interest to you, here are two short videos to help you. First is communication expert Alexa Fischer. She sets up her video on body language this way… I was at a networking event recently (actually enjoying it, as I am wont to do), shaking hands, making small talk, when I saw her – arms crossed, head
Here’s a great opportunity for Indoor Cycling Instructors and Studio Owners to attract and serve a new demographic of riders – active seniors! With over 12 MILLION members and 13,000 locations, SilverSneakers is a kind of quiet giant in the fitness industry. Participating senior citizens, across America, can take advantage of free access to health clubs and wellness centers that’s paid through their health insurance. The SilverSneakers FLEX program is