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 get the “Where can I get certified as a “Spin®”,”Schwinn®” or simply an Indoor Cycling Instructor?” question a lot. While trying to be helpful, more often than not my response is “I’m sorry, but you are asking the wrong person.” “The person you want to ask is the manager at the club where you would like to teach.” Many people skip that step – here’s why you shouldn’t… Sometimes I feel like
If you’ve done stomps in your cycling workouts, you may think I’m crazy when I say this, but I’ve always liked them. They’re extremely tough but appeal to that twisted part of me that enjoys hard training. (I know: you’ve got that part, too.) If you haven’t done stomps, they’re designed to increase power in the saddle. I believe Chris Carmichael is generally given credit for the training, but his
I missed IDEA this year but our Man on the Street Chuck Cali was there. In this video Chuck interviews a number of Instructors who took part in the demonstration classes of MyRide+ from Team ICG. This goes to my earlier post about the potential of constructing a studio in a way that will really engage your students, with minimal distractions.
If you’re teaching with power, there’s a good chance you’ll have a participant ask you this simple question; how many watts should I be making when I’m working at my threshold? Same goes for any new studio or one that is upgrading to indoor Cycles with power/watts. You will be asked for a number from many of your riders. The reason is pretty simple, many people naturally want to know how they
I prefer to limit the mathematical computations many Instructors typically ask of their classes. For example you’d never hear me say; “now I want everyone at 85% of their FTP” or… “this next interval is 30 seconds in Zone 5B which is 103 to 106% of your LT/AT heart rate followed by 2 minutes in Zone 3 = 90%-93%”… everybody got that? Then let’s GO!!! I’ll admit that part of
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
PRO member Kay asked a very good question about ANT+ … I’m also wondering about Heart Rate. If the bikes are ANT+, will they only pick up ANT+ Heart Rate Monitors? I noticed that the new Schwinn did not pick up my Polar HRM Thank you for your comments! Kay The short answer is; No. Indoor Cycles with or without ANT+ consoles will detect and display most Heart Rate straps.
My article about teaching a Cycle Sculpt class, that included using weights on the cycle, brought out a lot of strong comments on my Facebook. Understandably many of the commentators expressed concerns about safety: I think the rub for me John is safety. Weights on a bike is an accident waiting to happen. I don’t think it is responsible for me to put anyone in my club in a position where I
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
Interesting article from RACKED.com that is promoting the virtue of Big Box fitness clubs – while recognizing how the boutique studios have been getting all the press and recognition over the past few years. Do Classes at Regular Gyms Hold Up Against Boutique Fitness? If you own your own spin shoes, are constantly laundering leggings, and have downloaded the Mindbody app to your iPhone, odds are you’re in deep with