Workout or Public Speech – Part 2

  By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Body Language Remember from Part 1 that teaching indoor cycling is a form of public speaking, which itself is an art.  Employing some public speaking skills will impact your class dramatically.  Great public speakers know that much of their impact comes from body language, including stance, gestures and facial expressions. Stance When you teach, a strong, disciplined position on the bike is 

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Would this create a more beneficial pedaling workout?

I just became aware of a new Indiegogo campaign for an innovative* method of pedaling a bicycle. Similar in functionality to a KrankCycle, the Caron Bicycle uses independent left/right crankarms that create 6 different pedalling movements. They have their crankset installed on a conventional IC in this video. Watch and then tell me if you feel these added exercises would improve your class… or is it just a solution in 

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Messaging

By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas I’ll switch gears from my recent posts on using public speaking techniques to enhance our teaching to talk about what we say.  In The Art of Cueing, I discussed the use of cues to bring depth to the class and make it more than just a workout.  Cues concerning the science, the music, the video, your personal experience, even philosophy can make your 

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Did your iPhone just bonk?

Does Spotify seem to take forever to load on your iPhone? Did it close abruptly (crash) when you hit ‘play’,  act sluggish or is just not as responsive as when it was new? It may have bonked. Here’s how to nurse your prized device back to life… Wikipedia describes bonking as In endurance sports such as cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes a condition caused by 

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Spotify iPhone App display issue appears to be corrected.

The latest version of the iPhone Spotify App had an annoying bug in it that appears to be corrected when combined with the most recent iOS update I downloaded this morning. Good thing as it was making me crazy thinking the App was going to crash in the middle of class, while I’m waiting for the song timer to catch up with the music after a transition. My Settings Apple 

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Security concerns at healthcare.gov

I take Internet security very seriously: I see multiple hacked emails each week, that are sending out links to Malware sites to everyone in their contact lists, coming from the accounts of ICI/PRO members and subscribers to our weekly newsletter. I’ve had websites that I personally maintain hacked in the past and sending out SPAM, as if it’s coming from me. I’m aware of friends and family who’s identity was 

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Tech Tuesday – Multitasking with Spotify

Great question from ICI/PRO member Karin… Hi John, Question…can you direct me to the profiles/playlist that are more pop music?  Or is there a way for me to search vs. going through each one?  Thank you! My response was: Most of our 60 Audio Class PROfiles are an eclectic composition of  music, from many different genres. So there’s no easy way to sort/search for playlists that are primarily pop songs. 

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How does the new Google Music All Access iPhone App compare with Spotify or Deezer?

Google All Access Music vs Spotify and Deezer

I quit waiting for Google to launch an iPhone App, to go along with their Google Music All Access streaming music service, sometime ago. Two years ago, on November 16th 2011, I wrote Google Music – is it right for Spinning / Indoor Cycling Instructors?  We were just learning (and getting excited) about Spotify in the Fall of 2011. The promise of another similar service gave me hope that competitive pressure 

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Change in Technology Has Me Re-Thinking Single Leg Pedaling Drills

Spinning and Indoor Cycling One Legged Pedal Drill

During a class I attending yesterday, the Instructor had everyone doing one-legged pedaling drills… one legged as in pedaling with one foot un-clipped and held out to the side or rested on the frame. That’s wrong/contraindicated… isn’t it? My initial reaction was to do what I normally do in this situation, I would just ignore his cue. Unfortunately I was setup in the dead center of the room and I quickly 

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Tech Wednesday – CryptoLocker Ransomware

Strategies for protecting the health of your Mac or PC computer, from the malware know as CryptoLocker, isn’t really much different from what you do to protect your personal health; you’re careful with what you consume and have some insurance in place for when you get sick. As a fitness professional, you depend on your body to earn some or all of your income. If it breaks you’re screwed. Your Dept 

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Life Time Fitness to unveil their new EDGE Cycling format & LT Connect Heart Rate Display System

Life Time Fitness LT Connect Heart Rate Display System

Updated 10/30 below Short notice… it’s tomorrow night. Here’s the email invitation I received: EDGE Cycle kick-off with Bahram Akradi & quests This will be the 1st class offering in Minnesota of our “new” EDGE CYCLE signature Indoor cycle format! Expect to have an experience that includes results, heart rate and community all with the future technology of LT Connect Class time: 5:30-6:30pm First come, first serve. We kindly ask to arrive by 5:00pm for individualized LT Connect set up. Everyone who wants to experience 

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