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That's not what they're singing dad…

That's not what they're singing dad…

Can I see a show of hands here? How many of you have sung along to a favorite tune for years, in the safety of your car/shower or (God forbid) over the Instructor Mic, only to learn that you have some of the lyrics completely wrong? Or looked at from the other direction; how many of you have felt a sense of contentment - once you've discovered the correct lyrics for a song - and your brain no longer needs to create sounds to fill the space where the newly discovered word fits? I'll bet nearly every person in your class has a similar experience. That's why I'm thinking what follows could be something they would enjoy 🙂 If you're using Spotify, you may have seen all of the different desk top Apps that are available. Most of them are designed around discovering new...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I spent the morning volunteering at the Life Time Fitness Commitment Day 5K run in downtown Minneapolis. It was the perfect morning to prove your commitment to fitness; sunny and 10° below zero... that's -10° Fahrenheit = painfully cold.  That's why the smart people...

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More observations from our students

More observations from our students

  This is getting to be a bit of a trend, people writing about their experiences in a Spinning class. Here's another from ChicagoNow.com called  Spin Classes are Cool (for men too) Like we need to told that 🙂 I've been spinning since I stopped going to my...

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Taking the Indoors Outside

Taking the Indoors Outside

When a friend and I returned from a cycling trip in Croatia last June my IC classes were curious about the experience and I told them lots of stories. One day I mused “Now that we have done some hills in Europe I guess it”™s time to do the hills here at home....

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Stop the Talkers – Step One… Identify The Real Issue

Stop the Talkers – Step One… Identify The Real Issue

There's a recurring issue that keeps popping up on Facebook and Pedal-On forum: Does anyone have a suggestion about to do about the consistent talkers in my classes? They're really disruptive, but I don't what to offend anyone. What should I do? What follows are a...

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Forgive me… I've forgotten your name

Forgive me… I've forgotten your name

Back to business this morning at the "Spa" (Minnetonka LifeTime Athletic Club & Spa) after the summer break. Everyone calls it the Spa because it's full name is just too much of a mouthful, especially in the early AM. It's amazing how consistent (or maybe habitual...

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Endurance State Of Mind

Endurance State Of Mind

Question from a PRO member; Hi John, I hear you talk about your ninety minute endurance class and I would like to work up to a 90 minute class at our gym.  Could you give me the details of how your class is structured for the 90 minutes?  I have done some steady state...

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Be the helper

Be the helper

Yesterday was devastating.  I began to think that after the tragedy at Newtown, our country had finally hit its breaking point.  I was pretty sure that violence had won and that more and more of these stories would be told. Today it seems I was right, and yes, it is...

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What's the best number of Heart Rate and/or Power Zones in our classes?

What's the best number of Heart Rate and/or Power Zones in our classes?

If your objective is to communicate (sell) the value of either Training With Heart Rate - or - Training With Power, teaching your class using Three Zones will be the most easily understood, accepted and remembered... here's why. The Rule of Three It's no accident that...

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ICI Podcast 334 – How do you track the effectiveness of your social media campaigns?

ICI Podcast 334 – How do you track the effectiveness of your social media campaigns?

Social Media has grown to become the primary method of marketing for Indoor Cycling Studios. Which makes sense. Many of your prospective customers are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - and you can't beat the cost. All it takes is posting a few pretty...

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Over 80% raised their hands

Over 80% raised their hands

The question I asked was "how many of you are training for something?" Over 80%, of a full class with 50 bikes this morning, raised their hands indicating that they were training for something... I wasn't specific as to what, only are you training? Even though this...

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Messaging

Messaging

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...

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Take the Trail

Take the Trail

It is difficult to explain how iconic the Cabot Trail is to Nova Scotians and even Canadians.  With six significant climbs (some of which are 13-17% for long stretches) it is notorious and glorious at the same time.  The scenery is unparalleled and there is a mystique...

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ICI Podcast 340 – Are you part of the SilverSneakers FLEX program?

ICI Podcast 340 – Are you part of the SilverSneakers FLEX program?

Here's a great opportunity for Indoor Cycling Instructors and Studio Owners to attract and serve a new demographic of riders - active seniors! With over 12 MILLION members and 13,000 locations, SilverSneakers is a kind of quiet giant in the fitness industry....

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Why Our Students Love What We Do :)

Why Our Students Love What We Do 🙂

Republished with permission from charliegreendesign.com So, we haven”™t talk lately about design and that is part of my soul and the way I make “my leaving”. To me design is not only grabbing a pen and drawing — its way beyond that — it”™s how you create momentum —...

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Indoor Cycling Shoes for Wide Feet

Indoor Cycling Shoes for Wide Feet

A member at our club asked me this morning asked me for a recommendation on a last minute Christmas present for her husband. She wanted to buy him some Indoor Cycling shoes, who she described as having "very wide feet". I know all about the challenges of...

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