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Archive for February, 2013

Keep Calm and Keep it Real

By Jennifer Sage On February 25, 2013 No Comments

This meme might be a bit overused these days on Facebook but my assistant John created this one and it’s PERFECT for the Keep it Real theme. Feel free to use this image as you like!

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Josh Taylor: The Spinning Voice of Reason

By Jennifer Sage On February 21, 2013 12 Comments

After so many articles in major publications filled largely with nonsense about lifting weights while in a cycling class, holding in the core to stabilize your body while pedaling, or working the whole body through push-ups and crunches, it is so nice to see the voice of reason interviewed in the Huffington Post about what a “true” Spinning┬« class experience should be.

You should read that excellent article in the Huffington Post, but I’ve got another story to tell you about Josh Taylor and his voice of reason.

Spinning conference

WSSC 2008: Master Instructors Michael Ferrante, Jennifer Sage, and Josh Taylor

I’ve known Josh, master instructor for the Spinning program, since 1998. We met at Johnny G’s house at the Spinning Master Instructor Training Camp. He’s always

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Meet Our Eight Winners From the ICA Facebook Photo Contest

By John Chappell On February 19, 2013 2 Comments

The Indoor Cycling Association is excited to announce the eight winners of our first annual Facebook Keep it Real photo contest. We more than exceeded our expectations with this contest, with 73 photo submissions and over 800 new “Likes” on our Facebook page. We welcome not just instructors, but hundreds of indoor cycling students from around the globe. Your contribution to our page will help us connect students and instructors, and help us educate you on what is safe and effective in indoor cycling classes. We welcome any suggestions you might have on our Facebook page. We learn from you as well!

This growth will go a long way to increasing our community not only on the Facebook page, but also we hope with

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Push-ups While Spinning: Why or Why Not?

By Jennifer Sage On February 18, 2013 8 Comments

Superfluous moves that have nothing to do with real cycling are pretty rampant these days in indoor cycling classes and studios around the world. These include popular techniques such as push-ups, crunches, one-arm and no-arm pedaling, hovers, tap-backs, and many more. If you are lucky enough not to have seen this style of “Spinning” or indoor cycling before, then here’s your chance in this YouTube video of a German cycling class that contains some of the most aggressive “push-ups” I’ve seen. [Of course, this is not true Spinning┬«, as the official program does not teach or condone ineffective and unsafe moves such as this. But the vast majority of the population still refers to any indoor cycling as such, hence the quotation marks.]

Warning: Turn down your volume before you view this video.

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Student “Floats” Away From Spinning Endurance Ride

By Jennifer Sage On February 6, 2013 1 Comment

I received the following Tweet from an instructor at First in Training in Bellingham, Massachusetts. It’s so awesome I wanted to share it with you:

Spinning Endurance Class

What a great comment by a student! I know exactly what this student is talking about. Don’t you just love that endorphin-rich feeling that makes you want to float after a workout?

And thanks to firstintraining for tweeting that to me. You are welcome! Happy to inspire you to create profiles that get your students to float home.

Instructors: do you teach endurance rides? Do they make your students “float” home? What can you do to inspire them to “float”? It doesn’t mean easy, by any means. But my interpretation is that it means the student

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