I was greeted by another Spotify update this morning and see they’ve added a new way to accidentally screw up your class 🙁 Forgive me if you have already experienced this Spotify update. I might be a few days late reporting the change – I’ve been using the new Schwinn Class Tamer app and wanted to use a past Spotify playlist today. That big Shuffle Play button sits there at
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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
Howdy Fit Folk! John Macgowan has so graciously invited me to contribute to the vast wealth of knowledge that is the ICI/PRO community– woohoo!! Lucky me. 🙂 To those of you that I had the great pleasure of meeting at the 2011 ICI/PRO conference, hello again! To those of you that I have yet to meet, I look forward to many opportunities to open a dialog, discuss new concepts and
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Joan Kent What does mind/body training mean to you? Which activities count as mind/body training? Yoga and t’ai chi almost certainly. Weight lifting? Why or why not? Some would submit that almost any activity can be a mind/body workout, depending on how it’s approached. So maybe it’s best to ask what a mind/body approach is. Jim Karanas and I wrote a post some time ago
ICI/PRO member Dr. Marc Schlosberg is one of those Early Adopters you’ve no doubt heard discussed in the media. This group is quick to experiment with and embrace new technology. Marc was one of the first Instructors to use Spotify in his classes and he joined me on the podcast to discuss this (at the time) exciting new option for delivering music to our classes. Marc sent me this email yesterday,
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Waking up to -3° F this morning reminded me again how thankful I am for Indoor Cycling 🙂 I felt today would be the perfect time to announce our new Facebook group – Celebrate Indoor Cycling Celebrate Indoor Cycling is dedicated to the memory of Jim Karanas Anyone who knew Jim, loved him. He was a very influential part of creation of what all of us recognise as Indoor
NOTE: this was a previous review from 2013 that continues to remain accurate when applied to any of the magnetic friction Indoor Cycles available today. Many Indoor Cycle manufacturers claim a connection with cycling outdoors: 100% Authentic – Spinning is authentic. It’s true to its cycling roots, yet refined to a simplicity that makes it the perfect program for any age or ability. FreeMotion says; Drive System Mimics Outdoor Riding The Schwinn® Authentic Cycling™ Series is
By Team ICG® Master Trainers Jim Karanas and Joan Kent Over 12 years ago, Jim developed an athletic training program that eventually earned the tagline “Stop exercising. Start training.” At ICG®, we think there’s a difference between the two, one that people ask about frequently. Training encompasses more than the physical aspect of the ride. Currently, training versus exercise is a popular topic. An internet search readily reveals the
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas – What’s the use of a state-of-the-art bicycle and a robust training plan if the rider hasn’t developed spirit or mental control? Many coaches will tell you that no equipment or training method has value unless it helps to develop your spirit. Those coaches search for ways to infuse a calm and balanced mental attitude in their students and assure heightened clarity of
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas I’ll switch gears from my recent posts on using public speaking techniques to enhance our teaching to talk about what we say. In The Art of Cueing, I discussed the use of cues to bring depth to the class and make it more than just a workout. Cues concerning the science, the music, the video, your personal experience, even philosophy can make your
The road isn’t segmented into definable sections… it flows along as one continuous, undulating strip of asphalt. Your cyclists may appreciate your class more if it flows like the road they ride. Here’s why & how… Common practice for many of us is to construct a class profile out of a playlist of songs: Warmup songs followed by Songs that communicate Flats Songs the communicate Climbs Interval songs Recovery songs Cooldown songs etc… The end of