It’s a given that different people come into our classes with different expectations, needs and goals. How can we as instructors/trainers accommodate their individual needs without alienating any single group? Let’s take two hypothetical participants – Susan and Bob. They’re the same age, but Susan is interested primarily in weight management, arguably the most common fitness goal, while Bob is interested in getting stronger, fitter and faster on the bike
Being an effective Indoor Cycling instructor is all about engaging your participants.
ICI/PRO members do that best.
If your objective is to communicate (sell) the value of either Training With Heart Rate – or – Training With Power, teaching your class using Three Zones will be the most easily understood, accepted and remembered… here’s why. The Rule of Three It’s no accident that throughout history – thousands of years in fact – three (3) is the magic number in many, memorable fairy tales, myths and marketing campaigns.
Protein Power: It’s Not Just for Muscles (Part 2 – Appetite Control) By Joan Kent, PhD, and Shawn Bevington Protein is used to make hormones, which are messengers in the body. They’re produced in one part of the body and then distributed – through blood, interstitial or other body fluid – to other organs or tissues. There they modify activity and function. This brief post will focus on just a
For years I have taught classes that were physically challenging to participants but when I started to bring more than the Physical Dimension of Wellness to my classes, MAGIC HAPPENED. Dr. Bill Hettler, the co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), created a model named, The Six Dimensions of Wellness, in 1976. His idea of Wellness was not merely just the absence of disease, but living a life in which
A previous post covered ways that sugar can increase fat consumption. One way is that fat makes sugary foods taste sweeter. That may mean a sugar/fat combination tastes preferable to a sugar-only food, such as hard candy. Clients have told me that, when they eliminate sugar from their diets, they can actually enjoy snacking on a brown rice cake topped with a slice of tomato or sprouts. When they’ve been
Principles to being a successful Group Fitness Professional You have your Mic on, your equipment is all set, you have new killer choreography, and your class is packed! You head over to hit play and start class… What’s going through your head? For me personally when I head over to my IPOD to hit play, I take a deep breath, clear my mind and focus in on what, Don Miguel
This short post covers 6 relatively unknown – and odd – tips that can help us control how much we eat. Odd Tip #1: Hide Your Breakfast Cereal This first tip comes from Brian Wansink, PhD, who is well known for his work on food psychology and eating behaviors. His research has revealed that simply keeping breakfast cereal in full view throughout the day – say, on the kitchen counter
John, I’m still confused by this power stuff… where should I be riding? How many watts should I be seeing on my monitor, because I’m no where close to my body weight? I get questions similar to this frequently from members. My answers has evolved over time: I used to give into the pressure; “please tell me a number” and would throw out a vague target – “your first goal could be
Frequently, I recommend protein powder to supplement dietary protein, but my clients aren’t always sure exactly what to do once they have it. That’s the topic of this post. Why Protein Is Important Protein has numerous functions in the body, starting with the obvious one that it can be converted to glucose for energy. Because I’ve covered protein in previous posts, I’ll keep this part brief. Protein is used to
Talking after class with members, is an infinite source of feedback for me. Today was a great example. My friend Georgia Green and her friend Mark were in class this morning. You met Georgia and learned about her and Mark’s plans to ride 10,000 miles this summer in Podcast 342. After class Georgia commented; “how do you (meaning me) ride with such a stable upper body?” I don’t see many Instructors, or participants
Georgia Green is a regular participant in Amy and my cycling classes at Life Time Fitness. I’ll never forget the first day she walked in > tall, strong, with a great big smile – she looks like a fitness instructor – and came right up to me, with her hand extended; “Hi, I’m Georgia!” What she didn’t share with me, during our initial meeting, is that Georgia has committed to