While it may seem redundant to say, most indoor bikes do not move. Please, stop and think about that for a moment. We are not talking about forward motion or distance, of course an indoor bike does not move forward. But what about the other motions that are involved in cycling. When a rider is out of the saddle, most riders sway the bike from side to side a bit.
Watt Is Power? Or rather what is power? With a title like that, we could be here for days. Perhaps a better title would have been: What Is Power As It Relates To Cycling or even more to the point would be: Training on Indoor Cycling or Spinning® Bikes With Power. But as you see, that would have been quite a long and clunky title. So I spared you. Naturally,
This week I have the extraordinary privilege to be working from my balcony in Punta Cana. I have never been to an all inclusive resort before, and it is quite the experience. The grounds are beautiful, you can go to any of the many restaurants or bars on the property, and there always seems to be a smiling face nearby ready to wait on your next need. Last night we
I’m sure I could list 10 or 20 clichés that everyone reading this could relate to, but I’m only going to do a couple. “If I knew then what I know now,” and then one of my personal favorites in this genre “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Being that this is only my third post, you may not yet know that much about me, so let me summarize
By ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Many things contribute to a great Indoor Cycling class, but none as much as cueing. Cueing a class is a skill, even an art, that develops over decades. Like public speaking, it’s about more than the words and involves multiple factors. Cues add depth and color to a class and focus the students on aspects other than getting some exercise. In the class of
I love sharing anything created by public speaking expert Alexa Fischer. She has just published part one of a free video series. I just finished watching this 13 min video and felt you may enjoy learning how to move past the negative thoughts that could be holding you back from effortlessly connecting with your riders. When opportunities happen, it’s up to you to be ready. Whether it’s chatting your boss
, teaching an endurance PROfile is all about keeping them engaged and focused. Listen as Master Instructor Janet Toussaint explains how she does it in her ride called The Endurance Connection. Here is the link to the companion printout Here’s your Spotify PRO/Playlist! We have made every attempt to replicate the original playlist. In some instances the tracks specified were unavailable in Spotify. When necessary we have substituted individual
My name is Jay Duplessie and I am a proud Indoor Cycling instructor of almost 20 years. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that I am not an outdoor cyclist…….but not for lack of trying. You see something I learned early on was that although I’m addicted to the feeling of a hardcore workout, and I often obsess about getting to the gym, it has
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
The way we cue our riders goes a long way in how successful they will be over time.
At one of my recent Stages trainings I had a participant struggle with my explanation of various intensities. When I would ask them to ride at a lower intensity she would ask “Flat Road?” and if I said moderate intensity she would ask “Seated Climb?” and when I would ask for a high intensity she ask “Standing Climb?”. My response was “easy is easy, moderate is moderate and hard is