A Fourth of July Profile: Three Climbs In America

This fun profile may get some of your students singing here and there—that is, if they can breathe! There are three climbs that vary from moderate to challenging, with a 3-minute flat in between.

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The Benefits of Training at Lactate Threshold

This is the first part of an educational series on lactate threshold training. I’ve covered it in the past via field test profiles, but realized those missed out on a step-by-step discussion of lactate threshold. This series will define LT, discuss the benefits of training at LT for athletes, and then translate that to how it benefits our typical non-athlete students. I will give you an updated audio profile on how to conduct the most effective type of field test in your indoor cycling classes, for both lactate threshold as well as functional threshold power (FTP). Finally, I’ll conclude with the best ways to actually train to improve LT/FTP. This ICA series will be equivalent to an expensive CED workshop!

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Developing Your Style as an Indoor Cycling Instructor, Part 2

Part 2 of this series outlines the six steps to help you as you pursue your journey to develop your style as an instructor. When you become an authentic and inspirational coach, your students will remember your words any time they encounter challenges in their lives, physical or mental. I guarantee that when you do, you will hear comments such as, “because of you, I didn’t give up!”

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Developing Your Style as an Indoor Cycling Coach, Part 1

Whether you are a recently certified new instructor or you have a few years under your belt, developing your style as a cycling coach is an important component of being your best. This two-part series will help you discover and develop your most authentic coaching style and to become the inspirational mentor you aspire to be.

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No RPM? No Problem! This RPM App is a Game Changer!

Do your bikes have consoles? No? You aren’t alone. While the wave of technology certainly is prevalent in many studios and gyms around the world, it’s not yet ubiquitous. But we’ve got great news for you! Introducing the first smartphone app that reads cadence…and it’s very reliable!

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When Honesty is the Best Choice

A new instructor, Robert, commented on my article on being comfortable with silence that he admitted to his students he was doing something that was really hard for him. This got me thinking about other scenarios when it’s more helpful to just simply be up-front with your students about your own challenges and admit your humanness. Here are seven more examples, and I welcome your thoughts as well.

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RIP to Another Rock Icon, Gregg Allman

Honoring musical legends in our cycling classes when they leave this world is a great way to play tribute to amazing artists, while at the same time expanding your own musical repertoire. It gives you an excuse to play tracks you might not normally play—and who knows? You—and your riders—may discover genres you wouldn’t normally ride to! Here are four Allman Brothers songs you won’t want to miss.

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ICA is Coming to Chicago July 7 and 8

Jennifer Sage will be in the Chicago area July 7 and 8 for a Friday master class and full day of training sessions on Saturday. The event is being hosted by JCC Chicago Northbrook at the Marvin Lustbader Fitness Center.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Show Me What You Got!

You will not be able to hold back!

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Power File Analysis Results

Here is the analysis of the power files I posted a few weeks ago. I had two winners, Karyn and Bill, who posted their suggestions about what was going on with power output, heart rate, and cadence. Posts like these will serve to increase your knowledge, helping you create profiles with purpose. They should also be eye-openers to help expand your coaching, even if you don’t have power!

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