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Spinning at the End of the World (12/21/12)

By Jennifer Sage On December 12, 2012 No Comments

Here’s another fun theme profile for your Spinning classes! In May of 2011, there were dire predictions that the world was going to end. As we all know, that prediction did not come true, and the main “preacher” behind the warnings simply said “ooops”, his math was wrong and went on undeterred with his crazy existence. This next prediction of the apocalypse comes with a little more history behind it – the ancient Mayans supposedly ran out of calendar on December 21, 2012, so it is sometimes interpreted that the world will end on this date. Others will tell you it simply means a new beginning. Me? I believe every day can be a new beginning if you choose to make it so! You can also make that your

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Energia Magica – don’t miss this epic climb if you are in NY!

By Jennifer Sage On April 22, 2012 No Comments

I just taught the Energia Magica ride at the Fitness Fest in Scottsdale Arizona, and it reminded me why I love, love, love this ride. I know you will too!Spinning climb

“Magical Energy” Spinning Ride

It is such an epic climb, so reminiscent of a true, challenging outdoor ride in majestic mountains. The cues are so different than any I’ve ever used, the concept is different – it’s truly a “magical energy” ride! I am teaching this in New York City on Friday May 11 at 6:30 pm. Please come ride it with me – imagine you have a huge climbing goal in the Alpes or Rocky Mountains – this will take you there!

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Do you want to know more about effective interval training?

By Jennifer Sage On March 23, 2012 No Comments

Do you want to know more about putting together the most effective high intensity interval training (HIIT) profiles? Are you willing to have your profile be evaluated for effectiveness?

At the Indoor Cycling Association, the next two months will be devoted to high intensity training. On my previous website two years ago, I invited members to submit HIIT profiles to be critiqued. This was extremely popular and everyone, the profile submitters as well as the members, learned a huge amount about creating interval classes that are the most effective in achieving the stated goal. I’d like to do that again. This is the official invitation to ICA members to submit their interval profile (and if you are not yet an ICA member, the knowledge you gain about high intensity training in the coming months might be worth the entire price of admission)!

Don’t worry, you can remain anonymous! Before I

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My class this week: a fantastic revelation! I Love the 90’s!

By Jennifer Sage On March 18, 2012 No Comments

Can you believe that after 15+ years of teaching I’m still leaving my classes with a big smile on my face after doing something new and different? Well, no profile really is completely “new” any more, but the way I put a class together and/or the coaching that goes along with it, still amazes me at how different the responses can be. I love that feeling – there’s no way to ever get bored teaching when you have such a wide variety of profiles and ways to present the same profiles, right?

What was my revelation after my class on Thursday this week? I’m well into the second half of a periodized program and every class has a very specific purpose. We are now into the higher intensity, more advanced technique stage, and

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Step outside of your comfort zone – teach How Big is Your Why

By Jennifer Sage On January 3, 2012 No Comments

I invite you to come


join me out here!

If you haven’t yet been inspired to teach your students how to set a goal and discover their WHY, perhaps this blog post will light that fire underneath you.

This past Saturday I taught How Big is Your Why for the second time this week. The night before I laid in bed thinking about it, unable to sleep, worrying if these students would accept it. Wondering if I’d have an impact, or if they would leave class thinking, “dang, I just wanted to burn calories and not think.” Yes, I’ve taught it a couple of times in the past 4 years (6 times), yes I wrote the darn thing, researched it, spoke into a microphone to record it for ICA members (as well as for

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My original Spinning® profile “The Gratitude Ride”

By Jennifer Sage On November 20, 2011 1 Comment

Spinning profileIn 2008 I posted my original Gratitude Ride on my blog at the time, Funhogspins. The coaching was specific to the time, but many of the thoughts expressed in this ride can of course still be used. My newest version of The Gratitude Ride was just posted on the ICA website (for ICA members), and has been updated considerably, including the ideas, the coaching, the quotes and the music. And it’s a 90-minute class.

However, anyone can feel free to use this profile that I created four Thanksgivings ago and add your own style and your present-day thoughts. Click here to find it on Funhogspins.

This was back when I taught more of a typical Spinning® style of class. I do things a little different now though.

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R.E.M. Tribute – Free profile! Post your R.E.M. Spinning® profile here!

By Jennifer Sage On September 22, 2011 2 Comments

Today is a sad day for music lovers around the world – it is the end of the band as we know it: R.E.M. is calling it quits after 30 years of working together creating fantastic music. Here is their official announcement on their web site, released today, September 21, 2011. I can hardly blame them, thirty years of working together….wow! But still, it’s a sad day, because they’ve been so instrumental (pun intended) in shaping the music world since the 1980’s, all the while changing right along with it. However, I am sure Michael Stipes and company will continue to create wonderful music on their own.

There are probably few indoor cycling and Spinning® instructors who haven’t used an REM song at some point in their teaching lives.

So, in honor

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