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Archive for the ‘Contraindications’ Category

How NOT to Row!

By Jennifer Sage On September 27, 2014 No Comments

Whoa, take a look at these two videos…


Enough to make you shake your head in disbelief, right?

There is a very specific, biomechanically correct way to row. If you venture outside of that proper technique, you are putting yourself at a pretty big risk. Same with boxing and kickboxing, and pretty much any movement, including lifting weights, but it is heightened when the movement is repetitive…like rowing or riding a bike.

Wouldn’t you like to know what that correct technique is so when you get on the rower you aren’t wasting your time doing ineffective, silly moves that might actually injure you?  Rowing correctly offers optimal power output and maximal fitness gains, not to mention a greater caloric consumption, while reducing the chances of injury.

Of course you would want to know how to do it safely and effectively!

Crazy, potentially dangerous moves on a piece of equipment like this have no place in

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Self Magazine: Spinning Does NOT Bulk Your Thighs

By Jennifer Sage On January 18, 2014 1 Comment

Spin ClassDid you know that Spinning makes you fat?! While this ridiculous claim isn’t anything new, it started up again last fall with Harper’s Bazaar, then Redbook in early January (quoting the dubious Tracy Anderson), then a hyped-up media waterfall including the Daily Mail, ABC, Today and Good Morning America—and probably many more that I don’t know about—all squawking that Spinning makes you fat or gives you bulky thighs. All wrong of course.

So it was refreshing when a mainstream popular magazine actually got it right! It’s funny though, they consider this an “exclusive”, and that only Self knows the truth! Oh well, I’ll let them think that, as long as they print more articles like this.

I’ve reprinted the article in full below,

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10 Most Common Errors in Indoor Cycling Class—Article by Rachel Buschert Vaziralli

By Jennifer Sage On October 30, 2013 No Comments

common-indoor-cycling-mistakes-rachel-buschert--We are a big fan of Rachel Buschert Vaziralli at the Sage Advice Blog and Indoor Cycling Association! She is a master trainer for Schwinn, has her master’s degree in exercise physiology, and is an avid cyclist. What a great combination!

Her latest gem is a list of the top 10 most common errors in indoor cycling. You can read them here on Rate Your Burn. Given that the majority of instructor reviews on Rate Your Burn are about how good they wiggle their butts, how fast they spin their legs while standing (considered a good thing), the upper body workout, or how often they do tap-backs, it’s really great to see these kind of common sense lessons spelled out here. I wish I could find out how many will learn from

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Awkward Gym Moments That Make You Go “WTH? Is This For Real?”

By Jennifer Sage On September 22, 2013 6 Comments

My bet is that most people would have the same reaction to this lifting “technique” if they witnessed it in the gym, whether they are instructors, trainers, or just the general public:

The reaction would include one or more of the following: Facepalm. Mouth agape followed by a breathy “O.M.G!” An incredulous “WTH?” (or other similar letters). Hysterical laughter. Some might even run to her aid to protect her from herself.

But many of those same people who recognize the danger and stupidity of this monkeying around on the lat pull-down machine will turn around and go to an indoor cycling class in which they ignore all tenets of biomechanics, exercise, and cycling science. They will rationalize that it’s OK because “we’re not cyclists” or “this is not cycling.” They won’t draw the parallel with this woman’s dangerous lifting antics in the video above.

So, if this woman rationalized her technique by saying,

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Indoor Cycling Class Parody

By Jennifer Sage On August 14, 2013 No Comments

I think most of us can guess which program this is a parody for.

My favorite part is the new move called Ask for the Check.

Note: Please watch this with your funny bone intact! 😉

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Spinning® Humor

By Jennifer Sage On March 27, 2013 1 Comment

Nothing says “I know nothing about fitness or cycling” like doing pushups while pedaling! Thanks to Marylou on Facebook for this image!

Spinning contraindication

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20 (Unspoken) Rules of Indoor Cycling (Fitbie)

By Jennifer Sage On March 20, 2013 3 Comments

Rachel Rachel Buschert Vaziralli is a Schwinn Master Trainer from New York who I’ve written about on this blog before. Well, Rachel and I are completely on the same page with indoor cycling. She is currently getting her master’s degree in exercise physiology and agrees with me about why instructors shouldn’t be doing some of the popular, trendy (read: silly) moves on an indoor bike, and in fact, we often share rants on Facebook about the shenanigans instructors and/or students do! (Note: Incidentally, regarding that post I just linked to about Rachel, she won the Fit or Flop competition!)

Anyway, one of Rachel’s recent rants got picked up by Fitbie online magazine, which posted it as an article. (Click here to read the post online.) I’ve pasted it below

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Push-ups While Spinning: Why or Why Not?

By Jennifer Sage On February 18, 2013 10 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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“I’d Rather Sell My Soul Than Soul Cycle”

By Jennifer Sage On January 29, 2013 38 Comments


“I’d rather sell my soul than Soul Cycle, frankly.”

That was the quote in an article in Gawker, an online entertainment magazine. Three employees from Gawker were invited to take a free class at Soul Cycle in Manhattan. The article is quite entertaining, and Soul Cycle will no doubt rue the day they invited Rich, Caity, and Leah to attend a class. But hey, they opened themselves up to honest evaluation!

I realize that these three have never taken any kind of Spinning® or indoor cycling class; in fact, they aren’t really exercisers at all, so they might joke about any class. But I do not think they would be quite as irreverent if they attended a cycling class in which the instructor taught like a

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Keep it Wheel

By Jennifer Sage On October 2, 2012 No Comments

My new mantra! Thanks Facebook!

Keep it Real Spinning

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