By Team ICG® Master Trainer Joan Kent As many of you know, cholesterol is absolutely vital to our lives and our health. It’s a waxy, pearl-colored, solid alcohol that’s produced primarily in the liver, but is so important every cell in the body can make its own. Cholesterol has widely varied and important functions. It’s the precursor of all steroids: adrenal hormones, sex hormones, vitamin D and bile acids. It
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Early cycling classes. Late nights. Approaching holidays. Fall quarter can be a busy time, and it might be difficult to get enough sleep each night. But it’s important to do so because sleep deprivation affects several factors related to health and weight management. For one thing, sleep deprivation, even short-term, can lower leptin levels. Leptin is a powerful satiety hormone that tells the brain/body it’s had enough food and doesn’t
Have you ever felt the “Power of 3”? If you were to do a quick web search you would see that 3 is a very special number. It’s a favorite of storytellers; the three pigs, the the three blind mice, Goldilocks and the three bears and the Three Musketeers. It’s used in faith; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well as Mindy, Body, Spirit. You have the 3 olympic
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
“Why do I make less power (fewer watts) standing, then when I’m seated?” This a a great question that we get often. I loved John’s answer, and so I have done a few edits and present it here….. Joey A great questions from one of the riders in a Performance Cycle class. An observation that shows he’s paying attention plus it gives me the chance to clear this up, so
The first two video blogs showed the detailed process of performing power tests on the Keiser m3 bike with Garmin Vector power pedals mounted on them so that the power shown on the Keiser m3 can be compared to the power being measured by the Vector pedals. As you know, the m3 displays power based on a calculation or table within the computer that is a function of the magnet’s
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas This protocol, developed by Team ICG®, outlines a “first HRM experience” to help the student connect HR with perceived exertion. The last post covered the warm-up and Level 1. From here, the progression builds to greater levels of effort. Level 2 This is where the student’s sensitivity will grow the most. A novice is least able to feel the subtle changes that occur
By Team ICG® Master Trainers Joan Kent and Jim Karanas The training adaptations that derive from indoor cycling are well documented and ubiquitous. Still, when we speak with new instructors, they seem to appreciate hearing the information. Also, everyone describes the benefits slightly differently, and a change can help students understand. So even though this is review for most of you, we thought a list of aerobic training adaptations, as
Hi, my name is Kathy Helmuth and I am excited to share a wonderful new program called Parkinson’s Indoor Cycling. UPDATE September 25, 2014: We are now offering an ACE approved Parkinson’s Cycling Coach training program. To learn if you qualify click here. As group cycling instructors, we try to educate and encourage success in our indoor group cycling classes. We see those moments of achievement and we are excited
With the increase of those interested in getting a healthy start to 2012, more and more people are joining health clubs and attending indoor cycling classes. This is great! It provides a perfect opportunity to foster good technique and skills as these new members acclimate to our classes. One topic I have found myself addressing more than usual lately is proper footwear. Multi-Purpose? It is definitely a delicate balance at
If you’re about to start teaching a class that includes both cycling and rowing, here are a few tips. Stay off the bike. To handle all the variables in a cycling/rowing class, you’ll need to be on your feet, moving around the room. Will you warm up? On-bike stretches won’t work in a split class. Decide whether you’ll begin with a full-class stretch and warm-up, or have the participants take