FTP Mix – Harmonically Mixed Set for Functional Threshold Power Test

FTP Mix “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 “Wake Me Up” by Avicii “Real Gone” by Sheryl Crow “Danny, Dakota and the Wishing Well” by A Silent Film “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Vertigo” by U2 Last week I wrote about the “Threshold Check” or “Mini-Threshold Test” that I perform at the beginning of every class.  This week I want to share how I teach 

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The Power of 3 – Three Song Harmonically Mixed Indoor Cycling Set – “Stairway to Heaven”

  The Power of 3 – “Stairway To Heaven” “Rhiannon” by Stevie Nicks “Come On Eileen” by Dexie’s Midnight Runners “Stairway To Heaven” by Heart For years I had been patiently waiting for the facilities I instruct in to upgrade their bikes to use power.  When these upgrades finally started to happen I was surprised by the different wattage readings I would see, not only, from different brands of bikes 

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ICI Podcast 253 Can Exercise be Effortless?

Endurance Coach and Author Grant Molyneux joins us to discuss his book Effortless Exercise and its importance in actually enjoying exercise, while building aerobic fitness & endurance, vs. dreading the thought that it is time to thrash yourself on the bike yet again. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you felt great every time you exercised – every step of the way? What if you could consistently experience the bliss of the 

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ICI Podcast #232 – Some Simple FTP Math From Joe Friel

Joe Friel Power Meter Handbook

Cameron Chinatti excitedly emailed me about a discovery she made while reading The Power Meter Handbook: A User’s Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes which is a new eBook from Endurance Coach Joe Friel. In this new ebook, Joe lays out a simple formula that you can use to “ballpark” a student’s FTP Functional Threshold Power (or your own for that matter) giving everyone a little more clarity about the first step 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #207 – Understanding FTP Functional Threshold Power with Cameron Chinatti

STAGES Indoor Cycling Cameron Chinatti

Functional Threshold Power, better known as FTP, is the basis for establishing individual training zones using power/watts. Now that I’m teaching power based classes I’ve developed some questions about FTP and asked STAGES Indoor Cycling’s Cameron Chinatti to answer them and give all of us a better understanding of Why is FTP Important? What exactly is FTP? and How can I help my students discover their individual FTP? Do you have video 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #191 – Aerobic Cruz Intervals from Master Instructor Tom Scotto

Master Instructor Tom Scotto ends the year with another excellent Audio PROfile. ICI/PRO members can look forward to another 12 NEW PROfiles in 2012. “This is one of my favorite rides because it puts us under some “good” stress for long periods of time. We are going to be targeting a very uncomfortable level of intensity – just above our endurance effort and below the point we start to become breathless. It 

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Intro to ZONING in a CAN short video

Zoning Fitness for Spinning Heart Rate Training

If you teach “Club Athletes”, what many of us see as the majority of the student in our classes, and want to educate your students / clients on Heart Rate training program, I highly recommend you look into Zoning Fitness. In the video below, Chuck Cali and Sally Edwards present the Zoning Can – a complete 6 week heart rate training program that actually comes in a can.  I’m aware of 

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ICI Podcast #177 – Problem Solved – Two Threshold / Three Zone Heart Rate Training In a Blink

For the past two year’s or so I have been lobbying for a universal “Standard” for the description of Heart Rate Training Zones. The purpose is to get all of us talking with a common language, so we aren’t confusing our students and help them reach their weight loss goals by training more effectively. I love what we have been calling 2T/3Z or Two Thresholds / Three Heart Rate Zones and feel it is 

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ICI/PRO Podcast # 167 – 4X4 Threshold Assessment Audio PROfile with Laura Sachs

Heart Zones Master Instructor Laura Sachs contributes our latest Audio PROfile. Laura recently published an article about heart rate training in the June IDEA Fitness Journal. Here’s an excerpt and you read the whole article here. Heart Rate Monitor Benefits If an athlete wants to train rather than just to work out, using a heart rate monitor to zone in on the right intensity can help track the workout in 

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How to Start a Beginner Class at Your Club

Before we talk about how to get a beginner class started, the first question you need to answer is why?  Not, why does my club need a beginner class, but why do YOU want to lead one (if this is your plan)?  As an instructor starting a beginner class you need 3 main criteria: (1) The absolute desire to work with new riders, (2) the ability to teach appropriate classes 

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Free Heart Rate Monitor Inside

  In a typical fitness conference “sponsorship”, Company A pays Event Promoter B a bunch of money to to be part of the event. That sounds good, but if you have been following us for any length of time you know that we don’t always do what’s “typical” here at ICI/PRO. So when Chuck Cali from Zoning Fitness offered to become a sponsor of this year’s conference I said; “only if 

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