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Power Outage

After we posted the series Power to the Masses, a number of people reported that is was difficult for some of their riders to hit the power-to-weight target of two times their body weight in watts. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Let’s look at a few factors that can affect your power-to-weight ratio.

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Should Indoor Cycling Instructors Use a Goniometer?

More and more indoor cycling instructors come to class equipped with goniometers. But are they really helpful? Are instructors using them correctly? Many instructors do not know how to use them, and they are not as helpful as you think.

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Friday Favorites: Why Was There Ever a Road Paved Here?

A powerful climb Inspired by a powerful classic.

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85 Ways to Play The Fool in Your Classes!

It’s time to be a little less serious! Here are 85 fun songs to keep your riders smiling in your April Fool’s theme ride. I bet some of them never crossed your mind! Please add to this list if you have any more suggestions, and let us know if you play any jokes on your riders.

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Mainstream Music Mondays: This is Why We CRANK the Dial to the RIGHT!

Bite the bullet.

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Master Class: The Paris-Roubaix, the “Hell of the North”

The 2015 Paris-Roubaix is April 12th—why not get your riders ready now? You are going to LOVE this profile from last year! We looked to someone who is a fanatic about the Spring Classics bicycle races and is also an exceptional indoor cycling instructor, Matt Scheffer. Put the two together and you have an emotional, challenging, fun profile. This race is so full of history and drama, you can’t help but have a great time as you visualize the pavé (the rugged cobbled sections of the brutal 160-mile race).

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The Power Couple: Combining Heart Rate and Watts

Measuring power in cycling has been all the rage for a number of years. Many of the athletes I train as a coach are enamored with the amount of watts they generate. The ability to measure power output for a given effort is an excellent representation of the amount of work being produced, but does it tell the entire story?

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Think Lawsuits Don’t Happen In the Spinning Studio? Think Again…

Today, a man was awarded €15,000 in Ireland after sustaining an injury when a pedal fell off while in a Spinning class. There are those who believe I am being alarmist, but being wise about liability has always been an important part of being in the service industry, especially fitness. This includes equipment maintenance as well as adhering to proven safe training methods.

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Friday Favorites: When You Need a Steady Tempo Track, Pick This One!

A nice electronic track that is perfect for a variety of situations.

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Do You Stretch On The Bike in Your Cycling Or Spinning Classes?

I posted this on the ICA Facebook page the other day, as well as in one of the indoor cycling forums on Facebook, and it caused a firestorm. I’d love your thoughts on the subject of stretching on the bike in your indoor cycling or Spinning class.

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