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Posts Tagged ‘inspirational’

What Are You Riding For? Awesome Video Everyone Should Watch!

By Jennifer Sage On May 3, 2014 No Comments

A video not to be missed…What are YOU riding for? Leave your answer in the comments!

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Getting Into the Flow With Music and Affirmations

By Jennifer Sage On February 23, 2014 No Comments

music-and-athleteThe website Thesportinmind.com, an online journal specializing in sports psychology, has some excellent articles on motivation in sport, many of which are excellent resources for you as an indoor cycling instructor seeking to engage and inspire your riders.

Here is an article called Motivation: Get Into the Flow in Sport With Music and Exercise, by Hannah Farmer. I’ve posted part of the article below:

For elite athletes, fitness fanatics and gym goers, having the right frame of mind is the best way to achieve the perfect performance. The highest level of intrinsic motivation is know as flow. Flow is described as the complete immersion in an activity to the point in which nothing else matters. Hungarian psychologist Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, lead psychologist in the concept of flow, claims that flow occurs when there is a perfect match between the

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What does being a Spinning┬« / Indoor Cycling Coach mean to you? Here is one instructor’s thoughts

By Jennifer Sage On May 25, 2012 5 Comments

Spinning InstructorA few months ago I posted a video by an instructor in Florida that I thought was an excellent sample of a class. Today on Facebook, this instructor Ramiro Morejon, posted one of the most inspirational comments I’ve seen about his growth as a Spinning┬« coach. He gave me permission to repost it here for you, and I am doing so in the hopes that you might be inspired to seek growth like Ramiro has. He has said that coaching indoor cycling and inspiring his students has changed him as a person. He’s about to compete in his second Olympic distance triathlon in a few weeks, so he is an example of someone who has a passion both indoors and out.

Here is Ramiro’s reflection on being a coach

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You may never know the impact you have on your students

By Jennifer Sage On April 8, 2012 2 Comments

What you say, what you do, what you are, may help those in ways you’ll never know. Your influence, like your shadow, extends where you may never be.

That is one of my favorite quotes (author unknown). And it’s true, you might never really know how you might have affected someone, and sometimes you’ve just got to accept that so you don’t fall into the trap of doubting that what you are doing is working. I’ve come to realize that not everyone tells you to your face – you often find out much later how you’ve helped or inspired someone. As a result, you’ve got to believe in your own heart that what you are doing is helping others.

But when you do here from them, it’s an amazing thing!

I’d like to share an email I received this week from a student at the Homestead Court Club in Edwards, Colorado.

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Why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work

By Jennifer Sage On December 29, 2011 No Comments

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Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual resolutions. Next week, you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
Mark Twain

See? Even Mark Twain knows that resolutions do not work!

Why do most resolutions fail? Perhaps one reason is because we joke about how ineffective they are, and deep down inside we know it’s a waste of time to make them. We know that most likely we will end up depressed (once again) that we could not last a month before we “fail” at our promises to ourselves to do “XYZ” better or to not do “ABC” any more. The primary reason why they fail however is because we do not even believe ourselves. We do not have a “why” behind our goals – we are just going through the motions.

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One rider’s journey from suffering to triumph – the REAL thing!

By Jennifer Sage On August 29, 2011 2 Comments

What a rider looks like as he emerges from the Pain Cave

“One rider’s journey from suffering to triumph”

That is the tagline for my Alpe d’Huez ride that I’ve presented at numerous conferences and Master Classes since 2003. It is coached as if the instructor is the voice in the rider’s head, and the students are the rider, a young domestique in his first Tour de France. The dialogue describes his thoughts as he suffers after dropping off the back of the peleton, and then as he climbs Alpe d’Huez and experiences doubt and pain, and wonders why he is doing this, why he chose this sport, and he thinks about quitting….and then of course, he finds his legs again

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