John, I’m still confused by this power stuff… where should I be riding? How many watts should I be seeing on my monitor, because I’m no where close to my body weight? I get questions similar to this frequently from members. My answers has evolved over time: I used to give into the pressure; “please tell me a number” and would throw out a vague target – “your first goal could be
There I was, enjoying another instructor’s class JRA (just riding along) in my own little zoned out world. I get that way often, when I’m aerobic and don’t have to focus on teaching. It’s typical for this to happen to me in a class where the instructor tends to offer too much… of everything. Too much droning, unrecognizable fitness music. Too much explanation. Too much encouragement. Too much talking/chatter… period.
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
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA from funandfit.org joins me to discuss her article in the latest IDEA Fitness Journal – 7 Principles for Outstanding Boomer Workouts. The focus of our conversation is on her Principle #7 – Carefully Consider Your Cues. Kymberly encourages Instructors to “Speak Boomer Language”: Cues that motivate your younger, pain-free, joint-happy client may be off-putting or irrelevant to your 50-, 60- or 70- year-olds, no matter how fit
I’ve found myself getting a little lazy with my class introduction – that opening statement that answers the question many of your participants have before the class begins; “I wonder what we’re doing today… and how hard we’re doing it?” A consistent and informative opening statement is a major part of any successful class, one that I see as a Best Practice. In retrospect, I should have committed to delivering