ICI Podcast 369 – The Haywire Heart – How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You…

  Can too much exercise be bad for you? Could the hours spend conditioning as an endurance athlete actually be damaging your heart? Sounds counter intuitive… until you read this new book from author Chris, Managing Editor of VeloNews – The Haywire Heart – How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You and what you can do to protect your heart.  Beyond listening to our discussion below, you can get a 

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Cardio vs. HIIT: Why Not Combine Them?

The debate over cardio vs. high-intensity interval training (HIIT) usually assumes that the issue is an either/or choice. In that debate, HIIT is usually compared to absurdly low levels of cardio exercise – not to the kinds of classes ICI-PRO instructors probably teach. This post explores the evolutionary value of combining cardio and HIIT. In his book Born To Run, Christopher McDougall reveals the blend of morphology, paleontology, anthropology, physics, 

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Is Cardio Good? Is HIIT Better? (Part 1)

In a previous post that I co-wrote with Jim Karanas, we described specific physiological adaptations of aerobic – aka cardio or endurance – training. As you may recall, they include increases in blood volume, tidal volume, and stroke volume. The capillary network increases, as well, as do the size and number of mitochondria. Other changes also occur, but these are the ones that move oxygen to the working muscle. Recent 

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ICI/PRO Podcast 348 Beat Down Audio Profile with Krista Leopold

As promised, here’s Krista Leopold’s Indoor Cycling Class Profile; Beat Down! Training Type: LT Intervals Working HR Zones: 4 Total Class Length: 55 min Objective and Intensity After recently being inspired by a boxing match I watched at the nail salon of all places, I decided to try to bring my riders into the ring for a full class. This ride is shaped by the structure of a boxing match. 

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Heart Rate Display Training Contributes to Women’s World Cup Victory

The USA Women won the World Cup finals in soccer yesterday! The US team coaches are using heart rate training, aka Heart Zones Training, extensively in their preparation for what lead to this victory. I wanted to share with you an article released yesterday about how that training is accomplished using training load points and player position specificity – and comments that I made in that regard in the article. 

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Rethinking Heart-Rate Training?

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 

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Bring Heart Rate Training Into A School Near You

  While most of us are focused on adult fitness, Sally Edwards and her Heart Zones company are doing some pretty amazing stuff with middle and high school aged children – using display training technology to motivate kids and get them active 🙂   I love seeing active kids who are enjoying fun activities…  they’re our future Instructors and participants! Use this contact form to request more information. Thinking many 

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Prescriptive Exercise – Your Doctor writing a prescription for YOU to attend indoor cycling classes

Prescriptive Exercise - Your Doctor writing a perscription for indoor cycling classes

A national policy of Prescriptive Exercise would be the holy grail* for small studio owners.  Imagine; A new client walks in with her doctor specified exercise regimen for you to “fill”, just like at a pharmacy. As an approved provider, you and your studio would provide the required exercise and then bill the clients insurance company… and not at your normal class rate – at a much higher rate in recognition 

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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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Is non-invasive blood O2 and lactate sensing the future of Heart Rate Training?

noninvasive blood lactate testing for runners and cyclists

Hey how hard should I be working to; get faster, lose weight, build endurance, ect… Answering that is the age old dilemma many of us face when questioned by our riders. We try to be helpful by offering subjective descriptions of what both thresholds should feel like. We give breathing cues, run special FTP classes and/or include Best Effort intervals into our class. They’re all designed to help our participants 

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Scosche Armband Heart Rate Strap vs. The New Apple iWatch

How does the Scosche Heart Rate Monitor Strap Optical Sensors work

The Scosche armband heart rate strap uses optical sensors to “see” the pulses of blood flow in the blood vessels in your arm. Groundbreaking technology and pretty cool stuff if you ask me. Anything to get rid of those monitor chest straps will be an improvement. I feel this will result in a greater number of people training more effectively. You can read an earlier post where I describe the 

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