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/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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ICI/PRO Podcast #163 – Tom Scotto on 2T/3Z Heart Rate Training Pt 2

Here is the continuation of my interview with Master Instructor Tom Scotto where we discuss if the 2 Threshold / 3 Zone system could have application in a power based class. During our conversation we discuss the idea of recruiting a number of our very intelligent Instructors to experiment with using a 2 Threshold / 3 Zone system to find a student’s low power threshold and use it to create a 

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ICI/PRO Podcast #162 – Tom Scotto on 2T/3Z Heart Rate Training Pt 1

I asked Master Instructor Tom Scotto for his thoughts on Part 1 – Part 2 and Part3 of Is a 20 Minute Threshold Field Test realistic for your class? Specifically I wanted to discuss the third article where I introduced the Two Threshold / Three Zone (2T/3Z) Heart Rate training system. This is the system that ACE is recommending to Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors. This interview ran a bit long so I 

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Is a 20 Minute Threshold Field Test realistic for your class? Part 3

Use first and second ventilatory thresholds (VT1 and VT2) to assign heart rate training zones in your spinning classes

In Part 1 and Part 2 of Is a 20 Minute Threshold Field Test realistic for your class? I was trying to make the point that although completely appropriate for Endurance Athletes, these 20 minute assessments aren’t really appropriate for the typical students in our Indoor Cycling classes. So if the old 220 – your age is a waste of time, Metabolic Testing is unavailable / too expensive, RPE scales are too subjective and a 

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Is a 20 Minute Threshold Field Test realistic for your class? Part 2

Who’s really in your class? Do you look up at a room full of smiling, fit, self-directed, endurance athletes? Or does your class more closely resemble the population where you live? In Part 1 I shared survey results that showed that a 20 Minute Threshold Field Test isn’t realistic (maybe practical would be a better word) for where most of us we teach – which is primarily large health clubs. 

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