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The Fitness Industry is a Fraud

By Jennifer Sage On September 13, 2012 6 Comments

It’s starting to make sense.

Those of us in the fitness field who got into fitness because of our combined love of helping others get into shape and our passion for being healthy and fit ourselves, have a hard time understanding how some so-called “fitness” facilities—and some trainers and instructors—seem to be missing the point. We believe that a fitness club should be all about fitness and health; about seeking the most effective and safe way of moving the body towards a healthier state of being. We believe in the wisdom of exercise science. We (er…most of us) believe that gimmicks in the industry are just that—false, short-lived, and potentially injurious ways to sell fitness. We prefer a combination of the tried-and-true and innovative training techniques, all while respecting the principles of kinesiology

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Hot Spinning Back in the News

By Jennifer Sage On August 18, 2012 3 Comments

This article from the online fitness journal Greatist asks the question Are Hot Workouts Safe? I covered this topic back in January 2012 in this post. But this topic will keep resurfacing as more and more studios adopt gimmicks that they think will set them apart and increase their popularity. Many employ these gimmicks without doing their research, and in doing so, put their students and members at risk.

This article correctly challenges the belief that excessive sweating “clears away toxins” and that heating up a room, even “only” to 82 degrees, is inconsequential. They give some suggestions on how to tolerate the heat by staying hydrated and to slow the pace if it becomes unbearable. But I believe they left out a few major points about the dangers and misinformation of working out in an

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That’s MY Spinning bike!

By Jennifer Sage On June 17, 2012 4 Comments

Facebook can be so fun sometimes! Look what someone posted on my Facebook wall.
Who hasn’t seen this in their facilities?

I wonder how many Spinning or cycling studios around the world will post this image in their cycling room? My Facebook page has almost 60 “shares” so far. Might it send a subtle (or not so subtle) message that this is a pretty childish way to behave? You may want to download this image and post it in your studio. Get permission first if it’s not your own studio, but I bet the owner/manager will find it humorous. Sometimes humor is a great way to get a point across without directly picking on the people who act like this.

Haven’t Liked the Indoor Cycling Association yet on Facebook? Please do

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A ROCKING review of an indoor cycling studio – by a world-class Ironman triathlete!

By Jennifer Sage On April 23, 2012 2 Comments

Spining studioGood reviews of your indoor cycling studio are important. Excellent ones are even better. But when you get a rockin’ review from a world class triathlete (especially one who is going to race Lance Armstrong), then you’ve knocked it out of the stratosphere!

ICA member Kathy Erlich-Sheffer opened up Cycledelic studio last summer in Rochester, New York. I’ve known her for several years and watched as she has gone from dreaming about her own studio, to the scary steps of leasing the space and deciding on bikes, to hiring instructors to opening her doors. She and her staff of instructors are devoted to keeping it real. They still get the student who comes in and wants to lift weights in class “like they do down in New

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Low Maintenance Bikes – Keiser M3

By Jennifer Sage On March 28, 2012 4 Comments

I know that maintenance on indoor cycling bikes is one of the most time consuming and pain in the butt aspects of managing a cycling studio/program. The lack of maintenance can be what breaks a program. Almost nothing is worse than rusted, squeaking, or wobbly bikes with loose chains, bottom brackets or pedals, and even worse, when those conditions are allowed to persist, even despite member complaints. (Wait, there is something worse – poor instruction!)

So I was interested to read this article on the Keiser website about a club in Sweden who got tired of their continual bicycle maintenance, went to IRHSA in 2007 and decided on the Keiser M3. Since then, they’ve never had a bike breakdown in four and a half years. Wow, that is

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If fans are an issue, why not get your own personal fan?!

By Jennifer Sage On March 10, 2012 4 Comments

All of us have been in classes where some students are not happy about the location of the fans. I’ve even heard dreadful stories from instructors about actual fights over fans. I’ve never experienced that, but I have had some terse words over fans, and have tried my best to find ways to make everyone happy and avert problems. Sometimes that’s hard to do.

Everybody’s body temperature is a little bit different, and our bodies react to internal heating from exercise differently. Age, hormones, and body composition sometimes make a difference, but it’s not always evident. It doesn’t matter what side of the discussion you are on; either way it’s miserable to be in a position that you don’t like. If you get really hot really easy, it’s miserable to not have that wonderful sensation of cooling ventilation blowing directly on you. On the other hand, if you hate fans blowing

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Indoor Cycling in the heat? Are you out of your mind?

By Jennifer Sage On January 6, 2012 26 Comments

If Soul Cycle’s unscientific, unsafe and ineffective approach to indoor cycling classes doesn’t make you crazy enough, I present to you the next potential threat to proper and safe indoor cycling.

Before I tell you what it is, I have a few questions for you, the knowledgeable Spinning® and Indoor Cycling instructor (or enthusiast) or studio owner, about thermo-regulation:

  • You know how you can get really hot in a Spinning® or Indoor Cycling class because you are working hard? You know how Spinning® and Indoor Cycling studios get really hot because a lot of people are working hard together in an enclosed space? Sometimes really, really hot, sometimes even steamy? And you know how smart facilities do everything possible to make sure there is good ventilation, lots of fans, and cool temperatures?
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