How to Coach Resistance in Your Indoor Cycling Class, Part 5

In part 4 of this series I gave you critical information about how to cue resistance so that students find the amount of load or gear they need to meet the goals you set for that segment of your profile. In part 5, we manipulate the variables of that vital equation. I also give you 7 drills that you can use to create your own awareness exercises, solidifying the concept in your riders’ minds.

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Friday Favorites: Burn Up the Road

A must-have for your HIIT classes. High-energy and aggressive so you can burn up the road. You’ll be grateful that this song is short.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: “Dumbest Greatest Deepest Lyrics in Dance”

Four standing surges make this climb memorable…as do the lyrics (if you pay attention to them).

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How to Coach Resistance in Your Indoor Cycling Class, Part 4

In part 4 of this series, I get to the meat of cueing resistance in a way that encourages students to find the gear they need to meet the goals you set for that segment of your profile. You coach this by teaching them the most vital equation they’ll learn in your classes.

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Ask the Expert: How to Teach Longer Indoor Cycling Classes

Most indoor cycling classes are 45–60 minutes long. Longer rides can serve as great training sessions and an accomplishment for riders to be proud of. You can teach them on their own or use longer classes as part of a progressive program to prepare participants for outdoor rides or multi-hour charity events. However, when you exceed a one-hour workout, you should alter how you design and deliver your class.

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Can You Guess This Profile Objective?

While putting the finishing touches on a power profile for ICA, I put myself through the workout so I can experience the entire training session at the desired intensity. The two times I’ve taught it I obviously couldn’t be at that effort and teach it effectively, and I can attest that it’s a good one! I uploaded the training file here and challenge everyone to analyze—or guess—the training objective.

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The Bible Guarantees the End of the World is Coming…Or Your Money Back

End of the world predictions have been around, well, since practically forever! One thing is for certain, it makes for a really fun theme ride in your indoor cycling classes. Why? Because the musical choices are so fun, and you can assemble some silly and creative doomsday stories. Guess what? You’ve got 3 more apocalyptic opportunities in 2018!

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Breaking Down a House Track

When I first started using this song 20 years ago, I learned a lot about the components of a progressive house music track. I still use it the same way I did back then, as a metaphor for breaking down the elements of a long climb.

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How to Coach Resistance in Your Indoor Cycling Class, Part 2

In part 1, I described a popular but ineffective coaching method that fails to account for the difference in abilities and fitness of riders or the differences in the wear and tear on bikes. The second method of teaching resistance that instructors should steer clear of is to assign a 1–10 scale of resistance. This one is even worse than assigning a number of turns. It’s very confusing, it’s subjective, and it’s not anchored to anything.

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How to Coach Resistance in Your Indoor Cycling Class, Part 1

Coaching resistance is one of the more challenging aspects of being an indoor cycling instructor. In this series, you will learn the two most common yet ineffective methods of teaching resistance. We will then provide you with a technique of encouraging your riders to add load in a way that will help them experience what your profile is calling for so they can be more successful. We will end with dozens of creative coaching cues for adding resistance. You will emerge a better, more informed instructor.

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