24-hour Indoor Cycling Marathon, Denmark

Last month I had the great honor to be one of the presenters at the 24-Hour Indoor Cycling Marathon in Kolding, Denmark. I’ve had some pretty cool experiences as a master instructor, first for Spinning®, then for ICA. It’s no secret that being up on stage in front of a big group is an exciting moment, and I’ve loved every one of my opportunities to do so over the past 16 years, but I have to say, I would put this one in the top 3! I share with you some photos and videos of the event, and my playlist and profile.

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Just Got Certified, Now What? Part 2: Profile Design Tips

Part 1 of our new instructor series focused on providing numerous coaching tips to ease you into your first couple of classes. This article will focus on profile creation tips, one of the biggest hurdles for new instructors. We provide you with the four rules of profile design and include dozens of ideas for profile objectives.

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Just Got Certified: Now What? Tips for New Instructors, Part 1

Some new instructors are more challenged than others with stage fright, especially if they do not come from a group fitness background. Most of these insecurities are easily quelled with practice, practice, practice. Allow yourself the time and space to make mistakes. Here are some tips for new instructors that will minimize your nervousness as you move beyond your certification.

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A Valentine’s Day Playlist and an Anti–Valentine’s Day One, Too!

This one goes out to all the lovers and the haters. Check out our Valentine’s Day and Anti–Valentine’s Day playlists.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Exotic Journey

This song was released in 1999 and immediately made its way into many Spinning® profiles around the world. It has an exotic sound to it and would be a great addition to any Asian theme ride. The driving background rhythm aids you in connecting to the drivetrain at higher leg speeds.

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Two Super Bowl Profiles and Two Exciting Playlists for Game Day

Check out our two Super Bowl profiles and Spotify playlists just in time for the big game!

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Official Club Policy for Class Etiquette

The best way to preempt problems in your cycling classes is to have an official club policy for the rules of etiquette. These rules should be posted on the cycling room wall, which will help instructors when dealing with potential problems. In this article, we provide you with seven considerations when assembling your own rules, and two samples of ways you can present your rules.

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How Many Turns on the Resistance Knob?

Have you ever cued to turn up the resistance by giving a number of turns to your class? You may want to find a better way to cue resistance! Caesar filmed a brief video for his riders who have been used to being told the number of turns expected, so he wanted to show them why it’s not an effective cue. We hope this helps you so you can explain to your class why you don’t cue that way.

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How to Deal with Students that Talk in Class, Part 2

Last week Bill gave some diplomatic approaches to dealing with disruptive students. I’ve got a few more ideas here that range from serious, to humorous, to laying down the law of the land. How likely you are to encounter problems, and how you choose to respond to them, will depend on a variety of factors. It could depend on your market, the time of day, or the culture of your club. But make no mistake, it also is very much dependent upon the culture you’ve established in your own classes from day one.

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Mainstream Music Monday: You’ll Want to Turn it Up!

This group has been around for many years, but their latest album shows they haven’t lost their mojo. I swear this song must have been written for indoor cycling instructors!

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