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Mainstream Music Monday: A Pink Version of Blue

A catchy beat that inspires but doesn’t overwhelm

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Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 1: Five Categories of Riders

The very simplicity of indoor cycling means that classes are often filled with participants who have a wide variety of fitness levels, skill levels, experience, and goals. This presents challenges for instructors who strive to be both attentive to each, yet mindful of all. Instructors may wonder if they’re able to give equal attention to all of the riders, or if that is even necessary. Subbing a class or teaching a regular class with an influx of new riders (typical in the new year) is a balancing act. Fortunately, these challenges come with opportunities for all instructors to up their game in coaching to varied abilities.

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Friday Favorites: Classic Rockin’ Flat

Love ’em or hate ’em, this classic rock band has a quick, speedy flat to get your legs moving and heart rate pumping!

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: A Majestic Trance Anthem

What happens when you combine an angelic voice that has sold over 21 million albums with the king of trance? You get this powerful trance anthem. It will cause you to put a big hurt on the soul of anyone who dares to follow your wheel!

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Mainstream Music Monday: NSFW! But Oh, Will You Want to Turn it Up!

This song says how we all feel after the lockdown. The release from singing along with the chorus will be so satisfying that you will feel like you just burned extra calories. Do you dare play it in class? (Note: There is no clean version of this song!)

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Friday Favorites: A Chill Vibe to End Your Workout

Come take a trip with me down south.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Forever Young

We are a culture obsessed with youth. No one wants to grow old and my monthly trip to the salon for a cut and color proves just that. Today’s playlist celebrates those younger years that many of us relish.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Awesome Tune for Your Emotional Health

A real rocker, this ’90s post-Weezer power pop song has lots of modulation and big, loud, swelling choruses.

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Mantras for Tempo and Endurance Rides

One of our more popular series on ICA is a set of articles with various strategies for inspiring your students up long climbs. The series was called Strategy for Strength, and is one of the favorites we’ve done on ICA. One of the strategies was to inspire students to come up with a mantra that they repeat over and over to themselves as they climb. Of course, mantras aren’t just for climbing. I was inspired recently to come up with some for sustained tempo pace.

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Friday Favorites: Classical Meets Hip-Hop

Strategically place this energy-bolstering song when your riders are climbing up a steep hill and need some auditory encouragement to make it to the top.

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