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: Emotional, Silent Climb

The artist originally wrote this song for his wife when her father died in 2002. It was a top 5 on the UK singles chart in 2005. To this day it’s recognizable by everyone and will be a powerful addition to your repertoire.

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Tour de France 2019 Stage 2, Team Time Trial

The team time trial is one of the more exciting stages of a bike race you can simulate in your classes. It’s a very challenging effort, and the extended warm-up plus the near constant rotations adds constant variety and keeps the class focused and committed. We provide you step-by-step coaching for this riveting race.

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Obsessed with Cycling Drills: Standing Transitions

This is a great drill to sprinkle into your profiles to teach standing and sitting with control and efficacy. It keeps riders engaged over long climbing segments. Once perfected, the technique will transfer over to every other drill you use that requires riders to stand.

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Celebrate the Women’s World Cup!

Here are some suggested songs for a tribute profile to the Women’s World Cup. We are proud of our Team USA but, of course, these songs are there for you to support any of your favorite women’s teams and sports. I also posted links to three new Spotify playlists for Women’s Empowerment, Victory and Champions, and Pushing It to the Limit.

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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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Mainstream Music Monday: A Reggae Dancehall Hip-Hop Blend

This short track, released in early 2019, works well for a high-cadence, high-intensity interval.

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The Art of the Warm-up, Part 3: Perceived Exertion

Some instructors and students believe that a “warm-up” always means an easy intensity, and is thus a waste of time. But remember that a body that is ill-prepared for the intensity of the workout will not deliver what is asked of it. In part 3 of this series on warming up, you will learn how perceived exertion does not follow heart rate in the early stages of a workout and why you should avoid heart rate cues during the warm-up. I also give you six factors to keep in mind as you design your profiles and deliver your class that may affect how quickly someone warms up.

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Apple Doing Away With iTunes—Should You Panic?

The announcement showed up in my Twitter feed: Apple doing away with iTunes. My first reaction was a sinking feeling, a mild panic…what will happen to all my music and, most importantly, my many hundreds of playlists?

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The Art of the Warm-Up, Part 2: What Is Happening Physiologically?

How important is the warm-up in a 60-minute indoor cycling class? Far more than you might imagine! Too often instructors don’t give the warm-up the attention it deserves. In part 2 of this series, you will learn the physiology behind warming up. I give you an analogy that I think will greatly enhance your understanding of why having “all hands on deck” is so important to functioning properly during your event or training session!

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