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The Definitive Guide to Holiday Gift Ideas for Indoor Cycling Instructors

Are you searching for that perfect gift for your favorite indoor cycling instructor? Here is our updated list of must-have items that any instructor would love.

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If They’re Bored, You’re Boring

For so many years I’ve heard cycling/Spinning instructors lament that “Students get bored if the class is cycling specific, so I need to [add silly move here] or they won’t come to class!” Well, I have news for you…maybe it’s not the moves or technique that are boring; maybe it’s you! On that note, here are 13 ways you can be sure to keep students engaged without resorting to silly gimmicks on the bike. Make this your Instructor New Year’s Revolution!

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Mainstream Music Monday: Run While You Can!

The sense of urgency in this song makes it perfect for a standing attack. 

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My Cycling Class Today: Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Blind…or Both.

ICA’s editor, Shari Miranda, was approached about teaching a class with a rider who was both deaf and blind. Shari spent a few weeks preparing for this class, including emailing with the rider and his interpreter about the best ways to communicate the profile. She shares what she did and how it went.

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Friday Favorites: A Snappy Climb

I love a track that challenges me to ride stronger and more intensely. It begs for your attention and doesn’t give in—and it’s a pop song?! Regardless, this is a great song to push your riders, and is truly one of my favorites.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Black Friday Playlist

The day after Thanksgiving is not for the weak or the weary. You and your riders will stay energized not just on Black Friday but through the whole holiday season with songs from our Black Friday playlist.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: The Three BEST Songs in the World for Rolling Hills!

I honestly believe these three songs are the best for rolling hills that I’ve ever heard! I’ve been using them for two decades and I can’t help but use them for this drill. Two are progressive trance tracks with emotional builds, crescendos, and releases that help draw out your best effort on the uphill attacks. The other is a classic rock song that will have everyone singing along…that is, if they have any breath left!

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Thanksgiving Quick Profile: Gobble ’Til You Wobble

Whether your Thanksgiving Day includes the rigors of traveling to make it home for the holiday or participating in local Turkey Trot fun races, there’s one thing we all have in common on Thanksgiving…we eat—a LOT! This profile follows a rider through all of these activities, including a dinner with all the works.

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Mainstream Music Mondays: Keep the Rhythm on This Moderate Hill

Here’s a “go-to” song with a great tempo that you’ll be happy to use over and over again. Why? Because your riders will ask you for it!

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Obsessed With Cycling Drills: Teaching Rolling Hills in Your Cycling Classes

Riding rolling hills on a bicycle can be a thrill, especially when they are short and continuous. Because of this, they translate beautifully into indoor cycling classes. But teaching rolling hills is more than just alternating a climb with a “downhill.” To coach them in an authentic way, it’s important to understand how a cyclist would approach them, how gravity will affect your speed of ascent, and how cyclists take the descent. Then you need to know how to use the energy of the music to define your ups and downs. They are so much fun that your riders will be asking for them by name!

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