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Mainstream Music Monday: A “Hype Song” for a Flat Road

I call this track a “hype song” because I just love the feeling it gives me when I’m pedaling my legs to it. Plus, the bpm is perfect a flat road!

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Help New Students Feel Welcome in Your Class, Part 1: Changing Lives

New students this January represent a challenge for you. And a big opportunity. Are you ready to be the instructor who changes the lives of your new students? Here are the things you need to think about.

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Friday Favorites: An Instrumental Warm-Up to Start Your Ride off Right

This instrumental track is an excellent way to start your class. It provides an opportunity for the instructor to provide instructions and cueing without competing with lyrics, while offering a catchy beat inspired by electronic and hip-hop music.

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Theme Ride Thursday: A Birthday Playlist for a Special Student

“They say it’s your birthday. It’s my birthday too, yeah. They say it’s your birthday. We’re gonna have a good time.” As soon as you hear these lyrics you know it’s the Beatles’ classic, “Birthday.” And while this is a favorite loved my many, you might be left wondering, “What other songs are there to choose from if you’re creating a birthday playlist?” Well, we’re glad you asked!

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Ambient Endurance Track from 2004

Interesting ambient track that’s perfect for endurance rides. This song evokes memories of familiar ambient groups like Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, and Enigma.

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How Many Turns on the Resistance Knob?

Have you ever cued to turn up the resistance by giving a number of turns to your class? You may want to find a better way to cue resistance! Caesar filmed a brief video for his riders who have been used to being told the number of turns expected, so he wanted to show them why it’s not an effective cue. We hope this helps you so you can explain to your class why you don’t cue that way.

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How to Protect Your Knees in Indoor Cycling Class

Our knees are particularly vulnerable to injury when we don’t use some common sense in our indoor classes. Fortunately, most cycling injuries are preventable. Dr Peter Donaldson, of Michigan Orthopedic Institute in Southeast Michigan, helps us understand how to protect your knees from pain and injury.

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Mainstream Music Monday: A Groovy Warm-Up

A perfect, feel-good track that will set the stage for a perfect, feel-good class.

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How to Get Riders to Follow Your Instructions with the 3-2-1 Approach

One of the many benefits to teaching indoor cycling is that it designed to be a multi-level class requiring little coordination and choreography. While we’re not looking for military precision in unified movement and intensity, there are often unspoken expectations that the instructor has for the riders. When a rider, or the entire group of riders, strays too far, it can become distracting. In this article, Cori Parks suggests a simple approach to classroom management.

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Friday Favorites: Intervals with a Groove

I love this week’s suggestion because it gives you a lot of options to work on intervals with your riders. No matter what you try, this song is sure to motivate!

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