Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas In order to excel in a sport or activity, it’s necessary to train specifically for that activity. The term “cross-training” refers to a routine that involves different forms of exercise. The idea behind it is to permit recovery of the primary muscles used in the primary activity, while maintaining a high level of fitness. Cross-training is thought to limit stress on a given muscle
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Cameron Chinatti from Stages Indoor Cycling alerted me to this Indiegogo project: BreathAcoustics All-in-One Headset. She was excited by it and I can see why. I’ve spoken with the inventor Nirinjan Yee who’s the CEO and Founder of BreathResearch and we will be recording an interview this coming Thursday morning – I’ll try to have it posted by Friday so there’s still time for you to help fund this project. Nirinjan has some big
My approach to indoor cycling has always been to bring the qualities of cycling outdoors into the indoor cycling studio. On one hand, there are the general qualities of fitness and condition that everyone enjoys, cyclist or not. However, there are definitely attributes of training and riding that appeal specifically to those that enjoy riding outdoors. I thought I’d have a little fun and give you a glimpse into what
The beginning of class can be disjointed at times. Riders are trying to get settled. Some people are still chatting (loudly) and we are trying to establish that official “class has started” moment. Then 5 new people show up and need to be setup on their bikes. Yesterday I’m teaching at a club I’ve taught at for over 7 years. The cycling class is held in a multi-purpose room, so
ICI/PRO member question from ICI/PRO Podcast #203 Cycle Strong Audio PROfile What exactly should the “openers” in the warm-up consist of? In Tom’s “Getting Started with Intervals” audio profile, he described them as 30 seconds of maximum effort followed by 30 seconds of recovery, which to me sounds the same as the first Muscular Strength interval in this audio profile (30s effort/30s recovery). I would appreciate help understanding the difference.
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,
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