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Mainstream Music Mondays: Open Up My Eyes, Tell Me I’m Alive

Put a powerful ride to rest in a powerful manner.

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My Favorite Threshold Workout: Over/Under Intervals Redux

Over/Under Intervals are some of my favorite training sessions to improve lactate threshold. They are hard but not too hard, they take great focus, and they keep riders engaged. In this profile, I put a different “spin” on an old favorite!

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Why Do Some People Get Fitter Faster Than Others?

Have you ever known someone who was a “fast responder”—someone who got fit really fast? Then others who did not respond at all to the same training, even though they were consistent and committed? Science can now answer why that happens.

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Friday Favorites: Sprints or Attacks, You Choose!

This 2-minute song seems to have been written for explosive efforts! I describe two different scenarios: one uses the song two or even three times in a row for sprint intervals (yes, it’s THAT good—no one will complain)! The other is for attacks in a racing scenario, as in a Tour de France stage.

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Ask the Expert: Do My Legs Have a Zone 5?

After I posted my most recent profile, EDM Muscle Madness, a number of instructors said their riders found it difficult to push into Zone 5 during the strength intervals, even though they were riding as hard as they could. Are these riders doing something wrong because they are not able to hit Zone 5?

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Help Us Help Nepal Earthquake Victims!

Can you quickly organize a fundraiser Spinning / cycling event at your studio or club? Here are some ways for you to make a difference! ICA will donate 20% of every single sale for the next week. If you can’t do that, here are some vetted charities that you can support. Please help in any way you can!

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Mainstream Music Mondays: Fast, Flat, and Fat

Fast? Yes. Flat? Sure, as in flat road. Fat? What am I implying? You know, fat, like in thick. OK, that didn’t help. Let’s just say I like music with a full spectrum of sound. I love the high-pitched instruments and sounds, but especially love the deep bass. Shake the room, please. Feel free to come out of the saddle at tempo, but know there is no crime in staying in the saddle and locking into the groove (rhythm).

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83 Songs For Your Cinco de Mayo Playlist

Latin music can be really fun. Spinning profiles using Latin music can be really fun! And what better excuse for a fiesta Latina than Cinco de Mayo? Here are 83 songs to use in your cycling profiles to celebrate the Mexican defeat of the French in 1862.

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Profile: The Language of Flowers

Christine does it again with another creative theme ride! This profile is perfect as we transition from April showers to May flowers, although you can present this ride any time of the year.

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Friday Favorites: Nothing Grows When It Is Dark

I know I’ll wither, so peel away the bark…

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