With over 1800 articles in our archives there’s a good chance that our ICI/PRO members may have missed some of our best stuff. So every Wednesday we are republishing some of our favorite articles and podcasts – enjoy! By Team ICG® Master Instructor Jim Karanas What is Beatmatch? A beat is the regular, rhythmic unit of time that makes up music structure. Beatmatch matches cycling cadence to the beat of the music,
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By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Body Language Remember from Part 1 that teaching indoor cycling is a form of public speaking, which itself is an art. Employing some public speaking skills will impact your class dramatically. Great public speakers know that much of their impact comes from body language, including stance, gestures and facial expressions. Stance When you teach, a strong, disciplined position on the bike is
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas More than anything else, members attend our classes for someone to work them out, to train them. My primary evaluation of a class is always whether I got a workout. I tell new instructors all the time to keep that in mind: with just the mindset of the typical class attendee, you’ll give a satisfactory performance. With that said, we all know that
We’re looking for a Performance IQ Rockstar that we can develop into a Master Instructor – joining me to conduct PIQ Instructor trainings. Master Instructor Qualifications Are you super experienced at teaching Indoor Cycling classes where Performance IQ Display Training is a focus of the class? Do you feel you have the passion and personality to enthusiastically transfer your knowledge and experience to other Instructors? ICI/PRO is planning to develop, and
This is the first installment of a new series of posts I’ll be sharing on all aspects of the States SC3 indoor cycling bike. The Stages SC3 has taken the indoor cycling world by storm and I believe it’s important for all instructors who use this bike to have a clear understanding of all it’s amazing features. Those who don’t use this bike can also learn from many of its features.
WATTS TO KJS TO KCALS Whether you’re riding indoors or outdoors, cumulative cycling efforts are often measured in kJs (kilojoules). For example, at the end of a Stages Indoor Cycling workout you’ll see total kJs on the Stages Power Console on the RESULTS screen. After a ride outdoors on your bike, you may also see total kJ’s on your cycling head unit. So, what is a kJ and
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The guys at BikeFit.com do a great job using infographics to communicate the process of proper bicycle fit. Today they sent out these images and I wanted to share them with you. Each details the multiple points of adjustment that can be used to ensure a comfortable setup. If you really want to become a bike fit expert, check out everything you can do with this iPad app. Adjustable points
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Over the last 2 years I’ve been performing a FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test on the first Thursday and Friday of every month in every facility I teach in that has bikes with power. I have yet to have anyone complain or comment that I test too often or that the 20 minute FTP effort is too hard. What I have been told is how much
My coach, Jim Karanas, used to say that athletic performance triggers the ego. It brings forward conflict, discomfort, anxiety, self-defeating thoughts, and doubts about what’s possible and what’s not. In athletics, you do what’s necessary. You have the above thoughts without reacting to them – and stay with the event. The athletic objective is to learn to be nonreactive to distractions, including pain. Giving up sugar can also bring forward
Most IC instructors have the client’s best interest at heart. We may not all agree on every point, but we do want our participants to do well, get the results they seek, and feel great. That probably goes not just for how they work out, but for what they eat, as well. It’s a safe guess that most instructors wouldn’t mind at all if their class participants stopped doing the