“No Pain, No Gain” in Indoor Cycling?

We’ve all heard the adage “No Pain, No Gain,” and the reasons it’s a myth. But we also hear that it’s not possible to really succeed or improve performance unless you learn to suffer at your chosen sport. So what is it? Where is the line drawn? And how should indoor cycling instructors coach? Should we never use words like “suffering” in our coaching?

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: A Classic Remake of a Classic

One of my most favorite songs to use as a cool-down after an epic journey ride, a song that I’ve been using for over 20 years. There is really not much to say about this song except when you start using it, it will be a happy day!

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Mainstream Music Monday: Show Them You’re Fabulous!

It’s a short song so don’t worry about pushing well past your threshold on the standing segments.

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Growing As An Instructor By Attending And Evaluating Other Classes

One of the best ways to grow as an instructor is to attend other instructors’ classes. You can assess what you like and what you don’t like, you can look for similarities with your style, and you can seek out coaching styles that you would like to adopt. And if you suspect you may have a bad habit, you can ask yourself poignant questions like, “Is that what I sound like when I yell ‘Go!’ all the time?” Here are 30 things to evaluate when you take another class.

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Friday Favorites: A Versatile Indie Gem

This beautiful song is so versatile, you’ll want to use it in four different profiles for four different things!

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Inspirational Lyrics and Powerful Guitar and Drums

Though this fabulous song was released in 1989, to me, it sounds timeless. I’ve been using it for two decades whenever I want to send a special message to my riders that I honor them—whoever they are, whatever they do.

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Rolling Hills and Switchbacks—My 2002 WSSC Session

In 2002, I presented a session at WSSC called “Rolling Hills and Switchbacks.” Prior to that date, these techniques weren’t a big part of Spinning® (or any indoor cycling program for that matter). I want to give you my handout from 2002, for free! I’ve changed a few things in how I coach these and will be sharing those coaching techniques very soon, but much of this still applies for realistic simulation of riding rollers and switchbacks.

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Class Profile: Rolling Hills and Switchbacks

One of the most requested profiles in my repertoire. It’s so fun both to teach and to take—I know you are going to love this challenging ride!

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Allez! All the French Tunes You Need for Bastille Day and the Tour de France

Bastille Day is July 14. The Tour de France happens during the month of July. And there is always a reason to play French music in your cycling classes all year round. I’ve got everything you need. 600 French songs for your cycling classes, including pop, rock, alternative, hip-hop, dance, electronic, and, of course, the iconic classics.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Connecting to Your Pedal Stroke at 100 rpm

This song was a big hit in the early 1990s. I’ve been using it for years, but I’m always surprised that this isn’t an extremely popular indoor cycling track all over the world. If you have been using it for a long time, then this is one of our best kept secrets!

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