The Coach Approach: Teacher vs. Instructor vs. Coach

While teaching and instructing certainly happen in every indoor cycling class, the ability to act as a coach sets indoor cycling apart from many other group fitness formats. Cori explains the difference between each one, and how they are utilized in the cycling studio.

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The Language of the Coach Approach: 3 Crucial Elements of Coaching Style for Top-Notch Indoor Cycling Instructors

When you look back at all of the indoor cycling classes you’ve ever taken, is there one instructor who just seemed to reach down to the very core of your existence and get you?

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The Coach: The Rider—Receptive and Coachable

So far in the Coaching Series, we have looked at the concept of coaching in an indoor cycling class and we’ve examined ways to shift from being a technically adequate instructor toward being a more intuitive and inspirational coach. Now we look at the rider, who is, in a rider-centered environment, the single most important aspect of the class.

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The Coach: Education and Self-Care for Sustained Inspiration

In part 1 of the Coaching Series, we considered the various uses of the word “coach” in different professions. A common thread through corporate, life, financial, athletic, etc. coaching is an alliance between the coach and coachee for enhanced performance. At the heart of the coaching relationship is an understanding that the person who is being coached is responsible for the bulk of the work. The role of the coach is to clarify, explore options with the client and provide accountability.

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From Indoor Cycling Instructor to Coach

This is the first part in a series by ICA contributor, Cori Parks. Indoor cycling began with Johnny G’s inspired quest to train better, both physically and mentally, long before it was ever about incinerating calories or vying for instructor or program popularity. Now that indoor cycling has made its name in the realm of cardio conditioning and proven its ongoing relevance in the fitness industry, the cycling instructor has a unique opportunity to reach a wide spectrum of participants.

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