Master Instructor Blog

Spinning Our Wheels:  Can’t We Go Faster?

Spinning Our Wheels: Can’t We Go Faster?

By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas In the early days of indoor cycling, there was a problem. When bike resistance was low, the weighted flywheel connected to a fixed gear with a chain produced an unnatural degree of momentum. It permitted riders”™ legs to spin at cadences far above their natural ability. This resulted in the infamous “bouncing” in the saddle, as well as potentially catapulting them over the handlebars if they were to suddenly stop pedaling. Then there were the as-yet-unknown, uninvestigated forces working on knees and hips. So a ceiling was put on cadence. Everyone believed 120 rpm was fast enough. Some education bodies restricted it to 110 rpm. The reasons were obvious at the time. One look around a cycling class filled with “jumping beans”, or the surprised look...

read more
Stop the Talkers – Step Three… Let's Fix This Today!

Stop the Talkers – Step Three… Let's Fix This Today!

In part two we identified how the talkers act the way they do because of; cluelessness, a lack of respect for you and your class or they're challenging your position as the leader. Much of this could also apply to the texters/bring their own music/do their own thing...

read more
Bringing it All Together

Bringing it All Together

It’s like trying to drink from a fire hydrant! During the weeks of September we were focused on improving our instructor and coaching skills.  Articles were posted on how we look, sound and feel as we lead our classes. We were already bubbling with info, thoughts and...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 09/24/18 September 2018 Amy

The Weekly Ride – 09/24/18 September 2018 Amy

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
The Cockpit?

The Cockpit?

In my last article I focused on the implications of making adjustments to the drivetrain (seat height, fore-aft, tilt, etc.) to compensate for issues and limitations surrounding the upper-body and cockpit. Drivetrain … Cockpit….. are these “technical” terms in the...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 03/12/18 Is It Spring Yet?

The Weekly Ride – 03/12/18 Is It Spring Yet?

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion: No more hunting for new music or counting out cues.  Here is your ready to ride document, that can be displayed from your phone, or printed out onto cue cards.  This ride is timed out, down to the second, to make your...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 020419 January Ride – Amy Smith

The Weekly Ride – 020419 January Ride – Amy Smith

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 072219 Beast Workout

The Weekly Ride – 072219 Beast Workout

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Full Ride PDFApple Music PlaylistSpotify PlaylistFile to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming)The Ride will be available for purchase in the iClass Builder Store (No Programming)A Podcast...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 022519 Aerobic Challenger – Karyn Silenzi

The Weekly Ride – 022519 Aerobic Challenger – Karyn Silenzi

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 04/30/18 Get Springy

The Weekly Ride – 04/30/18 Get Springy

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion No more hunting for new music or counting out cues to develop your ride profile.  Here is your ready to ride profile for a fully choreographed ride, that can be displayed from your phone, or printed out onto cue cards...

read more
It is NOT Just Cardio!

It is NOT Just Cardio!

Indoor cycling has had a reputation of being a good cardiovascular workout. And that is absolutely true. However, when an aspect of any activity is touted vigorously, the reputation that is created can become definition. Even a recent indoor cycling certification...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 032519 Queen Ride

The Weekly Ride – 032519 Queen Ride

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
Go Hollywood Baby!

Go Hollywood Baby!

Take out the lights, put on some make-up and setup the cameras. You are about to be the star of your next class.  Since joining Cycling Fusion, I”™ve been thrust into the world of video and spend more time in front of a camera than I like. Between our digital classes,...

read more
1-Legged Drills

1-Legged Drills

We know it is safe to keep both feet attached to the pedals and simply focus on one leg at a time, but is it safe, and should we unclip one foot to perform pedal stroke drills in our indoor cycling classes? To stay on point I’m not going to discuss if and why 1-legged...

read more
Constructing a Hypothesis

Constructing a Hypothesis

[plulz_social_like width="350" send="false" font="arial" action="like" layout="standard" faces="false" ] Not sure how you”™d construct an experiment on this one If you”™ll recall from Blog post #5, we are doing our best to stick to “The Scientific Method” as we...

read more
Did an overemphasis on “contraindications” > give rise to SoulCycle?

Did an overemphasis on “contraindications” > give rise to SoulCycle?

What caused the SoulCycle phenomenon? Why are their riders so passionate, loyal and willing to spend $34 dollars a class, when clubs and studios had been offering Indoor Cycling classes for 10 or more years - long before SoulCycle's launch in 2007? The research done...

read more
Final Exams!

Final Exams!

Some may say I”™m all work and no fun. Oh, come on! What can be more fun than final exams? Although this time of year is loaded with holiday parties and a time to take a well-deserved break from training structure, it is also a great time to determine our conditioning...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 120218 HIIT Class – Karyn Silenzi

The Weekly Ride – 120218 HIIT Class – Karyn Silenzi

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
Recovery Required!

Recovery Required!

In my last article entitle “Make Recovery Work” we looked at how we as instructors can efficiently use recovery time to our advantage.  Two of the main points were to use recovery as a time to provide instruction to prepare our riders for what is ahead and as a way to...

read more
Staying Open

Staying Open

By ICG® Master Trainer Vanessa Wilkins Cycling instructors are a special breed, and all a little different.  There are those who coach, those who teach choreography, those who talk heart rate and RPM, and those who teach meditation on the bike.  I always strive to...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 04/16/18 Speed and Muscular Endurance

The Weekly Ride – 04/16/18 Speed and Muscular Endurance

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion No more hunting for new music or counting out cues to develop your ride profile.  Here is your ready to ride profile for a fully choreographed ride, that can be displayed from your phone, or printed out onto cue cards...

read more
Make it Real.  Make it Last

Make it Real. Make it Last

(A PEP TALK — because we all need some empowerment from time to time) Although I thought I would be preaching to the choir on this topic, I believe we need to stay inspired as much as anyone. We are the ones using all of our energies to change the face of indoor...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 08/06/18 Boombayah Ride

The Weekly Ride – 08/06/18 Boombayah Ride

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
The Power of 3 – Keep it Simple and Progress – Profile (Sept 2015 Week 1.1 @ Threshold)  Do You FTP?

The Power of 3 – Keep it Simple and Progress – Profile (Sept 2015 Week 1.1 @ Threshold) Do You FTP?

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.   Over the last 2 years I've been performing a FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test on the first Thursday and Friday of every month in every facility I teach in that has bikes with power.  I have yet to have anyone complain or comment...

read more
Tom and Gene in Spain

Tom and Gene in Spain

The look on Tom Scotto's face says everything! That's real mountain climbing, at Threshold, in Spain. Tom was in Spain last week with Gene Nacey to film another in the series of Global Ride Indoor Cycling DVDs If you have a few minutes I encourage you to watch the...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 123118 Power Climbs – Karyn Silenzi

The Weekly Ride – 123118 Power Climbs – Karyn Silenzi

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 02/10/20 Your 10X Stronger Than You Think

The Weekly Ride – 02/10/20 Your 10X Stronger Than You Think

This class is meant to see if you can't surprise yourself and go just that little bit harder. We will increase our resistance (by gear or watts or HR) 10 times once we warm up. Because both power and heart rate are not linear, but are more exponential, the final 4 increases are half the others.

read more
Take Them On a Ride

Take Them On a Ride

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...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 07/09/18 Strength

The Weekly Ride – 07/09/18 Strength

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Ok, this is the week that I have been working towards, this is our new era of The Weekly Ride. This week and moving forward you will get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride...

read more
The purpose of openers

The purpose of openers

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...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 02/26/18 February Race Day!

The Weekly Ride – 02/26/18 February Race Day!

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion: No more hunting for new music or counting out cues.  Here is your ready to ride document, that can be displayed from your phone, or printed out onto cue cards.  This ride is timed out, down to the second, to make your...

read more
Why Do I Have To Hurt?

Why Do I Have To Hurt?

By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas We”™re not wired to seek out pain.  Human evolution developed and adapted a neurological system and sensory perception for reducing pain and seeking pleasure. Easy-to-moderate cardio conditioning is of a manageable...

read more
The Over-Zealous Sub

The Over-Zealous Sub

As I hit the streets after teaching at one of my downtown clubs, I bumped into a friend of mine who appear to have been run over by a car.  She had a large gym bag clawing at her shoulder with cycling shoes peeking out of the end pocket.  The bag apparently weighs...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 04/23/18 Let The Season Begin

The Weekly Ride – 04/23/18 Let The Season Begin

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion No more hunting for new music or counting out cues to develop your ride profile.  Here is your ready to ride profile for a fully choreographed ride, that can be displayed from your phone, or printed out onto cue cards...

read more
“Virtually” Riding

“Virtually” Riding

So I decided to lead my first virtual ride this past week.  In my true style, I didn”™t just try it in one of my classes but at all 5 clubs.  I like to just throw myself into things so I can learn and experience while the iron is hot.  For those not familiar...

read more
Non-Authentic Indoor Cycling

Non-Authentic Indoor Cycling

Update from John: This post was originally published in June of last year, shortly before we lost Jim. I thought Jim's wisdom could add to our current conversation about SoulCycle, so I'm re-publishing this today. By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Why would...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 10/29/18 Amy's Mixed Ride

The Weekly Ride – 10/29/18 Amy's Mixed Ride

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist File to Download the Ride directly into My Fitness DJ (Yes, no Programming) The Ride will be available for purchase...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 05/28/18 Mixed Ride

The Weekly Ride – 05/28/18 Mixed Ride

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion No more hunting for new music or counting out cues to develop your ride profile.  Here is your ready to ride profile for a fully choreographed ride, that can be displayed from your phone, or printed out onto cue cards...

read more
Give 'em Some TDF

Give 'em Some TDF

If you are one of those instructors who loves to bring the experience of riding outdoors to your indoor riders, now is the time to get them excited.  Give them a taste of the Tour de France and introduce them to some of the fun we enjoy during this special time of...

read more
Putting HIIT In Perspective

Putting HIIT In Perspective

Working off of the buzz of last week”™s tirade on Tabata training in indoor cycling, I thought I”™d touch on a related cousin that also carries some confusion and thus misuse — High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The main contributor to misuse in...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 12/16/19 Last Years Holiday Ride

The Weekly Ride – 12/16/19 Last Years Holiday Ride

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/2018-holiday-ride/pl.u-1Bj1tABz9LEWelcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion Welcome to our new era of The Weekly Ride, you get: Full Ride PDF Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist This weeks ride is the 2018 Holiday ride...

read more
The Weekly Ride – 02/12/18 Strength Ride

The Weekly Ride – 02/12/18 Strength Ride

Welcome to the The Weekly Ride by Cycling Fusion: No more hunting for new music or counting out cues.  Here is your ready to ride document, that can be displayed from your phone, or printed out onto cue cards.  This ride is timed out, down to the second, to make your...

read more