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
JANUARY 10, 2017 I received the following text message from a customer… Your new employee Boomer Rose. He has a history of drug use. On supervised probation. Everyone deserves a second chance. We all make mistakes but just want you to be aware. MEET BOOMER Boomer works at TheBarn. ************************************ I used to be 300 pounds. I used to be an alcoholic. I used to be addicted to heroin. I used to be homeless. I have
When should you go hard… and when should you take it easy? It’s a great question. Often our response depends on very subjective feelings = we may think we know, but we really aren’t completely sure. As Jim Karanas pointed out in his Intervals post this week, we are often too focused on the Work component of exercise and not enough on the Recovery. So how can you know when
By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Interval: n., the amount of time between two specified instants or events. You teach indoor cycling, so you know intervals. If you asked another instructor for the workout he/she used in class that morning, odds are you’d get a response something like, “The main climbing set was 4 X 5/1:30 min at 85%,” indicating four five-minute climbs at 85% max effort, with 90
You heard about the ZEO back on Podcast #86 and now Lance Armstrong’s Radio Shack Pro Cycling Team is using the ZEO to measure and hopefully improve the quality and amount of sleep each rider is getting.
It doesn’t matter how much you exercise, how well you eat, or how strictly you control your caloric intake – your body is constantly stressed or your sleep is inadequate, you will constantly fail in pursuing your health, wellness, or performance goals. But if these barriers are removed, you will vastly improve your ability to gain maximum benefits from a good nutrition plan. As you explain the importance of stress
For your class to truly reap the full benefits of any workout, they must fuel and re-fuel properly – and a full understanding of pre and post-workout nutrition is one of the best gifts you can give your indoor cycling students! It is important to understand that if the body’s carbohydrate stores are depleted, then fewer overall calories are burnt during the workout, more stress hormones are released during and