ICI/PRO Podcast #65 – Janet Toussaint on Selling Your Class On Endurance Training

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 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #191 – Selling endurance to your class

As you and your class transition into February 2017, it’s often beneficial to begin adding some additional time in the saddle. Longer classes should (and often need to) be at a lower intensity. So while a longer, endurance focused class has value, getting members to accept longer, steady state classes can be a challenge. This week we’ll be focused on the concept of “selling endurance” to your class participants. Master 

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Reverse Periodization from Training Peaks

Share this information with your athletes the next time they show up for a class and let you know that they are not going to follow along because they are “Base Training”. For triathletes in the Northern Hemisphere, the season is almost over. Days are getting shorter, the weather is getting worse, and so for a lot of people training time is becoming limited and requiring that extra bit of 

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Cardio vs. HIIT: Why Not Combine Them?

The debate over cardio vs. high-intensity interval training (HIIT) usually assumes that the issue is an either/or choice. In that debate, HIIT is usually compared to absurdly low levels of cardio exercise – not to the kinds of classes ICI-PRO instructors probably teach. This post explores the evolutionary value of combining cardio and HIIT. In his book Born To Run, Christopher McDougall reveals the blend of morphology, paleontology, anthropology, physics, 

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Serotonin: Good For Mood, Bad For Endurance

Serotonin is a brain chemical with different functions. • It’s a neurotransmitter that’s targeted and enhanced by several antidepressants. • It’s the precursor of melatonin, the “sleep hormone” and anti-inflammatory. • It affects satiety and modulates general food intake and carbs specifically. • It’s a vasoconstrictor. • At high levels, it can make us lethargic. • It plays a role in energy expenditure and motor activity. Exercise can raise levels 

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Performance Cycle – FTP Assessment or 2 + 1 = a straight line

Better late than never they say. It certainly applies to this season’s Performance Cycle classes – now we’re in full swing after some initial confusion that came from a sudden change on GFDH’s. We kicked off this past Sunday with an assessment to find the wattage numbers we will be using going forward. I like to use very simple terminology that minimises any mathematical computations. The week before I described how 

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The Power of 3 – Three Song Harmonically Mixed Indoor Cycling Set – “My Body Tells Me “NO” But I Won’t Quit Cuz I Want More”

The Power of 3 – “”My Body Tells Me “NO” But I Won’t Quit Cuz I Want More” “Turn The Levels” by DJ Lobersterdust “Part of Me” by Katy Perry “My Body” by Young the Giant There has been a lot of talk lately about the proper range of RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) in indoor cycling classes. The general range that most indoor cycling certifications recommend is 60-110rpm. That doesn’t 

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The Overtraining of the Long-Distance Rider

by Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas “Today was the hardest recovery ride ever! I complained the entire way and had three different plans to abort and shortcut the ride throughout the route.” That’s an actual comment sent to me by a former student of mine.  The rider is dedicated, committed and strong.  And the statement raised so much conflict in me, I felt obliged to write another post about 

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ICI/PRO Podcast 248 – Going The Distance Audio PROfile With Chris Neilsen

Instructor Chris Nielsen was one of our Ultimate Instructor Class Profile winners with her Going the Distance profile! Training Type: Endurance HR Zones: 3-4 Effort: moderate to hard Class length: 60 minutes, includes ~9 minutes for cool down and stretch This profile was developed as part of a series to show that endurance classes can be as engaging and informative as rides with higher intensity.  This class gives the instructor 

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Power, Part 3: Control and Power

By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Using power/watts conventionally in indoor cycling improves students’ fitness. But it’s the tip of the iceberg, a small projection of the immense power below the surface. Consider, instead, introducing the concept of effortless power in your classes. Without the inner aspect, indoor cycling can limit students’ imagination, causing confusion and disappointment when progress wanes. The inner factors – center and intrinsic energy – 

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Over 80% raised their hands

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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 wasn’t my class (I was the Sub for a Sub) I know many of them and know that they are all telling the truth. 

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