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Performance Cycle  – Pinning Down Two Numbers Class Profile

Performance Cycle – Pinning Down Two Numbers Class Profile

I hate math, especially when I'm forced to do quick calculations in my head. Figuring (forgive the pun) that many other people dislike math, I won't ask anyone to do any calculations in my classes. For example, I would never cue something to the effect of; now I need everyone at 85% of AT for one minute... and then we'll push up to 95% for the final 30 seconds! Against a background of loud, pounding music, at that point I've got my head up and I'm mouthing to you: Wait... what are you asking me to do?  Won't do it. Instead I base my Life Time Performance Cycle classes on two numbers; PTP (Personal Threshold Power) and JRAP (Just Riding Along Power - AKA > Base Watts > VT1 / First Ventilatory Threshold Power). From these two rider identified threshold wattages, we can construct...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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“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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Weekly Ride – 121718 The 2018 Holiday Ride

The Weekly Ride – 121718 The 2018 Holiday 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...

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Salt’s Okay?  Sweet!

Salt’s Okay? Sweet!

By Team ICG® Master Trainer Joan Kent It”™s possible, even likely, that you have cycling class members with hypertension.  It”™s possible that they”™ve been told by their doctors to cut back on salt in their diets.  If not, it”™s still...

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An Emotional Litmus Test

An Emotional Litmus Test

Ok, we simply need to mention the word “test” and all kinds of things tighten up. Relax. For week 3 of instructor self improvement month, let”™s look at how we are doing mentally and emotionally....”sit back on my couch and close your eyes”.  Before you jump to...

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Aerobic Training Adaptations

Aerobic Training Adaptations

By Team ICG® Master Trainers Joan Kent and Jim Karanas The training adaptations that derive from indoor cycling are well documented and ubiquitous. Still, when we speak with new instructors, they seem to appreciate hearing the information. Also, everyone describes the...

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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...

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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...

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The Weekly Ride – 06/04/18 Mixed Ride

The Weekly Ride – 06/04/18 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...

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Our Tools (Part 2): Trippin

Our Tools (Part 2): Trippin

I appreciate all of the comments on the previous post which discussed what those kcals were.  Let’s continue with another number often found on our indoor bike computer (and other fitness equipment) - TRIP or Distance Covered. Looking at your total distance number at...

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The Weekly Ride – 011419 January Ride – Amy Smith

The Weekly Ride – 011419 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...

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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...

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The Weekly Ride – 10/22/18 Halloween Endurance

The Weekly Ride – 10/22/18 Halloween Endurance

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...

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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...

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The Weekly Ride – 07/30/18 Explosive Strength Ride

The Weekly Ride – 07/30/18 Explosive Strength 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...

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The Weekly Ride – 010719 Confusion – Karyn Silenzi

The Weekly Ride – 010719 Confusion – 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...

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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...

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Taking Care of YOU

Taking Care of YOU

I asked a few indoor cycling instructors how often they take time off from teaching and all I got was ....................... Yup, dead stares and dead silence.  What are you taking about?  You know, like taking a week off from teaching — a little R&R?  Once they...

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Recover Faster

Recover Faster

Whenever I think of recovering faster, I hear my dad in the back of my head telling me to sleep faster when I only had 4 hours until the morning. I by no means want you to start short changing your recovery time nor trying to psychologically speed up the process.  I...

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The Weekly Ride – 02/17/20 Fast Furious Cadence

The Weekly Ride – 02/17/20 Fast Furious Cadence

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.

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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...

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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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The Weekly Ride – 01/29/18 Let's Heat It Up!

The Weekly Ride – 01/29/18 Let's Heat It Up!

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...

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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...

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Objectify Your Class

Objectify Your Class

Short of provoking a sexual harassment suit, this maybe the best way to get your class excited about what you have in store for them. I”™m grateful because my riders often take the time to leave comment cards at the club”™s front desk after class and my group fitness...

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