Step Outside Your Musical Box: Canadian Music

I confess that 40 years ago, when I emigrated from the United States to Canada, I didn’t expect to feel much difference. I thought, “Two nations, largely English-speaking with a lot of shared history—how different could life be?” I was wrong in many ways. Music was one of the first and most tangible markers of the fact that I was living “abroad.” I heard many artists on the radio who were completely unknown to me and maybe to you, too.

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Your Superhero Cape and its Seven Special Powers

All instructors are entitled to deference and respect, but in the absence of a ‘superhero cape,’ unfortunately respect is not as common as it should be. Instructors, do you get the respect you should? If not, consider weaving your own “don’t-mess-with-me” cape, and perhaps you can also wield the seven special “superhero” powers that Christine’s gives her.

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Olympic-Themed Profile: Faster, Higher, Stronger!

Christine has done it again, this time with a profile based on the Olympic theme Citius Altius Fortius, which is Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger. And while it is certainly relevant right now, it is also a profile to pull out again and again when you want to remind your students of their amazing potential. As you cue this ride, you will empower your students to come up with their own motivational phrase that inspires them, and you may be amazed at the results.

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Using Positive Reinforcement to Create Change

Use positive reinforcement to highlight students’ skills, positive efforts, and improvements to increasing the frequency of specific behaviors.

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Using Music in a New Way

Learn how to use music in novel ways to develop students’ pedaling skills while simultaneously disengaging them from relying on music as a crutch. The concepts are difficult to explain and are best felt and seen. Listen to the examples and find similar music in your own library to experiment with. Then see what happens when you introduce the concepts into a class setting.

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Profile: The Language of Flowers

Christine does it again with another creative theme ride! This profile is perfect as we transition from April showers to May flowers, although you can present this ride any time of the year.

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My Cycling Class Today: Turning an Uncertain Newcomer into a Satisfied Regular

It was a busy night. All the bikes were booked and the profile I was teaching was very challenging for the riders. It was also cue-rich and required my careful attention on the responses of everyone in the room. My heart sunk when I realized that two of the bikes had been reserved by newcomers to my class.

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Going Long: Tips For Teaching a Longer Cycling Class

Christine teaches two-hour endurance classes during the winter in addition to her regular schedule. She doesn’t structure them the same as her other classes. Here are her tips for keeping her riders engaged and involved.

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Class Profile: Hounds of Halloween, The Sequel

This is the sequel to one of our most popular Halloween theme profiles, a fun but spooky profile not for the faint of heart. Christine has woven a thrilling tale, combined with spooky sound effects, creepy music, apprehension, escapes, and, of course, some hard work. Grunting allowed!

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 5

After you have designed your plan, promoted your idea, and have a group of riders ready to go, it is time to literally take your outdoor program outdoors. Here are some tips and ideas that will make your time on the road a success.

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