ICI PRO Podcast 368 – Does Intensity Trump Duration?

Do Indoor Cycling Classes really need to be 45-60 minutes – to provide the health and fitness benefits expected by our participants? Asked another way: If your studio offered classes that were shorter (say 30 minutes), while still just as effective as 3/4 or a full hour, could an “express class” attract people who feel time strapped? Of course anytime you use the words “just as effective” smart Instructors are 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #65 – Janet Toussaint on Selling Your Class On Endurance Training

Continuing this week’s focus on “selling endurance” – please enjoy this Podcast from our archives featuring Spinning Master Instructor Janet Toussaint. Sometime I feel like a parasite! I get a hold of a Master Instructor and I’m not satisfied until I have sucked as much information from him or her as possible. Janet Toussaint has some great ideas on how to sell the concept of Endurance Training to your class 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #191 – Selling endurance to your class

As you and your class transition into February 2017, it’s often beneficial to begin adding some additional time in the saddle. Longer classes should (and often need to) be at a lower intensity. So while a longer, endurance focused class has value, getting members to accept longer, steady state classes can be a challenge. This week we’ll be focused on the concept of “selling endurance” to your class participants. Master 

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ICI Podcast 367 – Crystal Clear Cuing From Pamela Light

Crystal clear cuing for indoor cycling

Fitness author Pamela Light joins me to discuss her article in the latest IDEA Fitness Journal – Crystal-Clear Cuing for Indoor Cycling. In it, Pamela encourages Instructors to: Be smart about the exertion scale you use to help participants get the best ride. Excellent Instructors use a system to describe what they expect for performance, and it’s usually a combination of what they’ve learned in certification courses and what they’ve 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #237 – Scripted Starts and Flawless Finales Part 2

Now here’s part 2 As promised, ICI/PRO members will enjoy hearing part 2 of my interview with Lawrence Biscontini where he describes the importance of a scripted transition, as part of “Scripted Starts and Flawless Finales”. I didn’t address this during the interview (but it is obvious when you hear him speak) – Lawrence must be a Mensa Candidate.  His website lists that he teaches and presents in; English, Spanish, Italian, and Greek 

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ICI/PRO Podcast 346 Double Pyramid Intervals Class Audio Profile from Chrispins

I love teaching pyramid profiles in my classes and I find that it’s a ride that I return to again and again. The idea of the pyramid is quite simple and there are many different ways to create profiles using the basic premise. With this particular profile, we are riding two pyramids with recoveries at the top and then again between each pyramid. If you have never used a pyramid 

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ICI/PRO Podcast 339 Understanding the floors and ceilings of training with power

I prefer to limit the mathematical computations many Instructors typically ask of their classes. For example you’d never hear me say; “now I want everyone at 85% of their FTP” or… “this next interval is 30 seconds in Zone 5B which is 103 to 106% of your LT/AT heart rate followed by 2 minutes in Zone 3 = 90%-93%”… everybody got that? Then let’s GO!!! I’ll admit that part of 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #188 – Master Instructor & Sports Nutritionist Dr. Joan Kent

Cure Sugar-addiction as a solution for weight loss

2/3/2015 UPDATE: ICI/PRO contributor Joan Kenk Ph.D. has published a new book on Sugar Addiction! So to celebrate her success I thought it would be helpful to republish her interview from 2011 – it was previously only for ICI/PRO members. The first thirty seconds of the podcast will have you convinced she is the expert on the addictive qualities of sugar – and what to do about it. Joan’s book 

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The Power of 3 – Three Song Harmonically Mixed Indoor Cycling Set – “Stairway to Heaven”

  The Power of 3 – “Stairway To Heaven” “Rhiannon” by Stevie Nicks “Come On Eileen” by Dexie’s Midnight Runners “Stairway To Heaven” by Heart For years I had been patiently waiting for the facilities I instruct in to upgrade their bikes to use power.  When these upgrades finally started to happen I was surprised by the different wattage readings I would see, not only, from different brands of bikes 

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Three months of Spotify for just a buck

Here’s a great deal for anyone who’s been dragging their feet on subscribing to Spotify. Sign up now and get three months for $0.99 – this is for USA customers, you’ll need to check to see if the offer is available in your country. If you’re concerned about learning the in’s and out’s of Spotify – we’ve got you covered here at ICI/PRO. Find a bunch of articles to learn 

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ICI/PRO Podcast 314 – What Are My Strengths? Constructive feedback help from Cameron Chinatti

Master Trainer Cameron Chinatti from Stages Indoor Cycling joins me to offer suggestions on how you can solicit constructive feedback… and then what to do with it once you receive it. Cameron’s handout begins: Dear _____________________________________________ As a fitness professional, I take every opportunity to improve my craft to better serve each and every one of you. In addition to the time and resources that I voluntarily dedicate to learning new 

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