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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Revenge of the Big Box clubs

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 

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Who’s looking to hire passionate & talented Indoor Cycling Instructors?

Indoor Cycling Studios Hiring Today

So which fitness club or cycling studio is looking today to hire a passionate & talented Indoor Cycling Instructor? EVERY. CLUB. AND. EVERY. STUDIO. How can I say that with such conviction, without actually surveying every club/studio on the planet? That’s easy 🙂 Every successful business owner/manager I know, is continuously looking to hire good people. It doesn’t matter if they have a “help wanted” sign hanging in the window 

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ICI Podcast 361 Life Time Fitness Takes Rhythm & Movement Classes Mainstream with AMP Cycle

I’ve felt that it was only a matter of time, before one of the mainstream Big Box clubs added an official Rhythm and Movement class offering. Last month Life Time Fitness introduced AMP Cycle – from this video it appears to be a no-holds-barred, full on party, that will engage the same participants who are drawn to the massively popular studios offering similar class formats. NOTE: I haven’t experienced an 

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What Binge Eaters Do When They Crave

Not every binge eater has binge-eating disorder (BED). But even those who binge less frequently than people with BED, or on less food, may struggle to control their eating. That can be especially true when holiday treats – and holiday stresses – are all around us. My PhD research was on women with BED. Before that, I ran a class for women who didn’t have BED but still binged at 

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ICI/PRO Podcast 231 “The Gate” Halloween Mixed Ride Audio PROfile From Kim Moody

One of our most popular class profiles! We were saving Kim Moody’s profile; “The Gate” until it was closer to Halloween – and here it is! Kim was one of the winners to the first Ultimate Instructor Class Profile contest as we really appreciated her take on creating a holiday based ride theme. This profile is based on the urban legend, “The Gate,” in Libertyville, IL.  One can find more 

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Options for Online Indoor Cycling CEC’s

online indoor cycling ACE CECs continuing education credits

Where does the time go? It seems like just last month I was busy completing the last few of the 20 credit hours (2.0 CECs) I needed for my ACE group fitness Instructor renewal. Actually it was two years ago and at the time, I took advantage of the free CEC’s offered by Team ICG. While I was scrambling again this year to complete all my credits, I figured I 

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The Big “How You Do Anything” Lie, Part 2

The last post offered real-life examples that suggest the way you do anything is apparently not the way you do everything – in contrast to the common saying to the contrary. I’ve saved the worst for last. When I ran a weight-loss program in Silicon Valley, many of the participants were engineers, all very smart. Over the years, we had some excellent groups who followed instructions and achieved their goals, 

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Do you deserve a raise?

Indoor Cycling Instructors get a raise

What I’ve described as the “SoulCycle Effect” appears to have caused a nice jump in the starting rate for IC Instructors. At many new boutique studios, the $50 – $75 per class rate advertised is the starting base pay rate. Consistently fill the room and the added $’s per-head incentives you’ll receive could push your pay to $125.00 or more per class. Teach just six classes a week and you’ll 

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Is This The Best Two Sided Indoor Cycling Pedal?

Best Indoor Cycling Replacement Pedal

When I’m at IHRSA (which I was last week) I spend a bunch of time searching for the next “Big Thing” that I can share with you. What I found is a rather small and yet indispensable component of the bikes we ride – Keiser has developed a new Indoor Cycling pedal that looks awesome! As the major point of contact, Indoor Cycle pedals take a lot of abuse in 

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Cardio vs. HIIT: Why Not Combine Them?

The debate over cardio vs. high-intensity interval training (HIIT) usually assumes that the issue is an either/or choice. In that debate, HIIT is usually compared to absurdly low levels of cardio exercise – not to the kinds of classes ICI-PRO instructors probably teach. This post explores the evolutionary value of combining cardio and HIIT. In his book Born To Run, Christopher McDougall reveals the blend of morphology, paleontology, anthropology, physics, 

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