This week’s suggestion is a fast paced flat that I find perfect for playing with your riders, encouraging them to accelerate and/or surge throughout the song.
The term “Keep it Real” in regards to indoor cycling has gotten a bad rap lately. This subject has been talked about a lot lately on online forums and websites, so it’s time to put the stake in the ground and describe exactly what it means and what it does NOT mean. I wrote the e-book Keep it Real in 2008, and wrote the workshop for Spinning® in 2006 which was based on that concept, so I have skin in this game.
Two weeks ago Robin Robertson provided an idea for a mini periodization plan in your schedule. During the first week you focus on Form and Foundation drills. Of course, you can do these any time, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a part of a periodized program. Here are six great drills for all new and longtime students, since every one can benefit from reminders about skill improvement. These are also great for new instructors to implement.
Last week I taught my students about dissociation versus association. Dissociation is when you seek to take your mind off of what you are doing. Association is when you place your mind intently on what you are doing, and become closely in tune with your movements, your breath, your actions. Both are valid for indoor cycling coaching. Welcome to the perfect track for associative training!
The byline of this chapter is “If you can measure it, you can improve it.” Data collection is the final step before beginning our journey of taking the knowledge we have gained, and applying it to produce tangible, measurable, and most importantly repeatable results. Any system for this type of measuring and monitoring must have both a clear structure and a solid scientific foundation.
A pioneer track from the early 1970s from a funk legend!
Today is March 3rd, and parts of the eastern United States are in single digits and covered with snow, so there is still time to use this profile! This profile accompanies the article Educating Your Students, Part 4: Using Storytelling and Non-Cycling Examples in Your Profiles. It’s called “Storm-Stayed,” which is an adjective unique to maritime provinces and Ontario in Canada.