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Posts Tagged ‘Keep it Real’

Attack Those Rollers

By Jennifer Sage On March 23, 2014 No Comments

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The blog I Love Bicycling has a short article on how to attack rolling hills on a bike outside, but there is some good advice for your indoor climbs as well. The author, Lee Agur, gives these tips:

The key to rollers is maintaining your cadence and gearing!

Stay in the gear that you started the hill climb for as long as possible. Shift only when your cadence starts to slow below 75. A cadence between 70 to 90 [rpm] is ideal. If you shift too early you will lose valuable momentum; however, if you shift too late then you might stall out.

Attack the bottom of the roller and gradually increase effort as you climb the hill until you must shift. Short rollers are like mini intervals. Just remember

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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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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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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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Guest blogger: Matt Grasela talks about Keeping it Real at a new facility

By Jennifer Sage On March 19, 2012 2 Comments

Matt at WSSC

Ever since I got my hands on Jennifer Sage’s ebook, Keep It Real, I’ve been trying my best to teach a class that provides real benefits to my participants.

I’ve been taking Spinning® classes since 1997 and teaching since 2007. When I first started teaching, I taught how I had ridden, which was mostly interval classes, often-times laden with contraindicated movements that I had believed to be beneficial because I had done them so often in classes I took.

Getting my hands on Keep it Real opened my eyes to understanding how to ride and why riding correctly is so important. Almost overnight I began to change my style and methodology of how I led my class. Gone were the corporal punishment drills of jumping and ineffective

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Let’s IGNORE science and do what we WANT to on a bike!

By Jennifer Sage On July 29, 2011 12 Comments

Spinning Indoor CyclingFor those of you who know me, I’m kind of a geek when it comes to science. I have a problem with anything that goes against science or what is known to be correct in terms of proper application of science (physics, biomechanics, physiology, etc)…..especially in the name of fitness. Truth be told, in the fitness field most instructors are willfully ignoring science, because they refuse to learn about correct technique, or are afraid to learn the truth about what they are extolling, so by remaining ignorant on the subject they are in a way absolving themselves of any responsibility.

One can draw comparisons to the fitness industry from many other examples in the rest of the world. Watch the following video of a Fox news reporter challenging global warming

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