Archive for April, 2012

Here’s a cool video on pedal stroke

By Jennifer Sage On April 11, 2012 3 Comments

Instructors, I think you’ll enjoy this!

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Easter Sunday ride at Colorado National Monument

By Jennifer Sage On April 11, 2012 1 Comment

My second outdoor ride of the season was a gorgeous one in Colorado National Monument near the Utah border. Colorado is such an amazing and beautiful state, I feel so grateful to live here!

I took my first full weekend off in over a year this past weekend, so if you were expecting more blog posts or content pages on ICA, you can blame my husband – he wouldn’t allow me to do anything on my computer except BRIEFLY check emails! It was s a combination belated birthday present for me plus Easter weekend getaway, and we stayed in Glenwood Springs on Saturday night at a very historic 120 year old hotel, had some massages, went to a fantastic dinner in Basalt, Colorado to a Spanish restaurant for tapas. The next morning after a wonderful lazy breakfast, drove 80 miles to the border of Utah to ride Monument National Park. It

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You may never know the impact you have on your students

By Jennifer Sage On April 8, 2012 2 Comments

What you say, what you do, what you are, may help those in ways you’ll never know. Your influence, like your shadow, extends where you may never be.

That is one of my favorite quotes (author unknown). And it’s true, you might never really know how you might have affected someone, and sometimes you’ve just got to accept that so you don’t fall into the trap of doubting that what you are doing is working. I’ve come to realize that not everyone tells you to your face – you often find out much later how you’ve helped or inspired someone. As a result, you’ve got to believe in your own heart that what you are doing is helping others.

But when you do here from them, it’s an amazing thing!

I’d like to share an email I received this week from a student at the Homestead Court Club in Edwards, Colorado.

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NEW DATES: I’m Coming to New York – come ride and learn with me!

By Jennifer Sage On April 8, 2012 No Comments

REPOST – The dates have been changed – now you have more time to plan! šŸ˜‰

I will be at PabloFitness in New York City for an Indoor Cycling Association Training Weekend May 11th – 13th. Come experience a focused weekend of science and cycling-based education to raise your knowledge of heart rate training and coaching to the next level. Register for one session, one day or the entire weekend. Or just come ride a Master Class with me on Friday night! I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to ride with you!

Friday May 11, 6:30 pm
Master Class “Energia Magica”, an introspective magical sustained climb.

Saturday May 12
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Is the SpinningĀ® brand important?

By Jennifer Sage On April 7, 2012 18 Comments

Spinning programGoodness, my blog post from yesterday caused quite a stir on Facebook. Some people believe that even bad publicity for SpinningĀ® is a good thing, and while I can see their point because millions of people watched this on live TV, I still disagreeā€”this kind of bad publicity only dilutes and hurts the brand even more.

Others on my Facebook page wondered why I should even care about the “name” SpinningĀ® so much.

One person said:

Why nit pick about the name? It’s been called spinning for years, that’s how people know it, it’s lame to even mention it.

Sure,Ā it’s been called “Spinning” for years. But she, and many others, do not realize the importance of a brand. It’s not just a name or a title.

So I thought it would be important to

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By Jennifer Sage On April 6, 2012 19 Comments

Did you see this segment this morning on Good Morning America about “Spinning Classes Popularity Continues Rise“.

How does the national media continually get away with calling these programs SpinningĀ®? Don’t they know anything about trademark violation? Would they highlightĀ any Latin dance fitness class and call it Zumba? No, they wouldn’t. This is a national news program after all, and I know they’ve been contacted after past “Spinning” segments that weren’t “Spinning”. I would think that Flywheel, featured this morning on Good Morning America, would adamantly insist prior to the airingĀ that the word SpinĀ® or SpinningĀ® should not be used on the air or on their website or Yahoo site. (Still,Ā this is the media’s fault, not Flywheel’s. They don’t call themselves Spinning.)

Indoor cycling is the generic term. However, proper and effective indoor cycling of ANY kind, whether it is the official “Spinning” or not, should still be based on

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A rant about sprinting incorrectly!

By Jennifer Sage On April 6, 2012 8 Comments

Clair of C.O.R.E. Cycling and I have a similar gripe with instructors who do not know how to teach a “Sprint” properly in SpinningĀ® or Indoor Cycling Classes. It’s very agravating. A “sprint” is a “sprint” is a “sprint”. It’s not semantics! It is what it is:

A 110% all-out effort to get from point A to B faster than someone else.
It uses the ATP-CP system which runs out after 12-20 seconds. That’s it!

Eddy Merckx (5-time winner of the Tour de France in the 1970’s) is credited with the saying, “He who pushes the biggest gear the fastest, wins”. You know what that means? It means you have a BIG gear!

Read Clair’s rant on the C.O.R.E. website here.

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Teaching SpinningĀ® / indoor cycling is not an “easy” gig!

By Jennifer Sage On April 6, 2012 6 Comments

Spinning certificationShannon Fable, a Schwinn Master Trainer and longtime fitness presenter, has written an excellent article on the ACE blog called “Riding a bike going nowhere is harder than it looks“. The gist of the article is that to some people in the industry (club owners, group fitness managers, instructor-wannabes, some students), indoor cycling is not much more than “pedal, push and repeat” – anyone can do it as long as they “are in shape, have a great personality and spend a ton of time on their tunes”!

Those of us who know better, know better. Whether teaching indoor cycling/SpinningĀ® is your hobby or part of a fitness vocation, it is not an “easy” endeavor. Sure it’s not rocket science either, and in my opinion there are few things more rewarding,

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