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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Rhythmic Percussion and Serenading Violins

This track from the 2001 hit album of this European group never gets old. It works well for switchbacks or jumps, and even has a planned “respite” halfway through to envision a temporary plateau on the mountain you are climbing.

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Mainstream Music Monday: A Holiday Song for All Those Naughty Children

Ho-Ho-Ho! If you’ve got a class full of parents, then this holiday song will surely make them laugh while trucking along a working flat at threshold.

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Friday Favorites: Make This Jam Your New Jam

If you like to climb, then this jam song will be your new jam. The progressive climb starts moderately, then cranks up the resistance over almost 6 minutes to leave you and your riders breathless at the end.

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ICA’s Favorite Indoor Cycling Holiday Profiles

The holidays are quickly approaching and we wanted to share our favorite holiday profiles with you now, so you have ample time to enjoy them with your students.

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Winter Solstice Profile

This is a different twist to our typical December profiles, and one that you will find useful throughout a cold winter. Shari Miranda brings you her Winter Solstice Profile, with all songs pertaining to “light” and “sunshine.” This profile is perfect for those who prefer not to do a holiday-themed ride. You and your students will enjoy this journey to the light!

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New Profile: Tour of the Training Zones

This profile is a guided tour of power training zones, from the lowest to the highest. It is one that I hope will become a foundational ride in your quiver. The objective of this profile is to spend time in each zone, allowing riders to become acquainted with what that intensity feels like and to be more in tune with their bodies. It is a great way to introduce them to the concept that you can achieve the same wattage at a wide variety of cadences. Don’t teach with power? I’ve got another profile suggestion for you.

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New Bikes with Power Meters…Now Watt?!

Your facility has just gotten new bikes—this time with power meters—but your riders have no idea how to use them. What do you do? Pam Benchley, master trainer for Stages Cycling, gives some tips on how to brief your riders about the bikes and the new technology without blinding them with too much science. Keep it simple!

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Mainstream Music Monday: A Driving Hip-Hop Warm-Up to Start Your Next Class Right

Love him or hate him, this song by a sometimes controversial artist is perfect for your next warm-up.

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Quick Profile: That Sweet Spot

The “sweet spot” in cycling is between 88% and 93% of functional threshold power. This profile is a relatively steady-state profile where riders aim to ride in their sweet spot. Riders will sustain a high Zone 3/low Zone 4 effort with a perceived exertion that lies somewhere between 6 (moderately hard) and 7 (hard) on a 1–10 scale.

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Friday Favorites: Yeah, Yeah, You’re Gonna Like This One!

You’re going to find all the energy you need to get up this energetic hill, perfect for short climbing intervals of 3 minutes.

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