Archive for January, 2013

Should Doctors Advise Overweight or Obese Patients About Weight Loss?

By Jennifer Sage On January 31, 2013 2 Comments

As teachers of one of the best ways to improve general fitness and to lose weight, Spinning instructors/indoor cycling instructors are an important link to help millions of people in the world improve their quality of life. Many instructors I know take the next step to become educated as health coaches, personal trainers, and nutritional experts in order to help even more people. The number of success stories from instructors, trainers, and students I’ve heard is overwhelming. Sure, there are many who fall through the cracks, who never come back, who fail to lose weight, but that does not mean we give up or stop inspiring.

But what about the medical community? What is their obligation to counsel overweight or obese patients to lose weight and/or improve their diet? I’ve got a

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Step Away From the Egg McMuffin!

By Jennifer Sage On January 30, 2013 No Comments

Yuck! That’s all I can say. If you are the kind to grab an Egg McMuffin on the go, you may want to think twice the next time you are tempted, especially if you are using them for fuel before or after an early morning Spinning® class! This breakdown of the makeup of this American standby and its 50 mystery ingredients might change your mind for good. Husband and wife PhD team, Mira and Jayson Calton, the authors of the book Rich Food, Poor Food, examined the makeup of the breakfast sandwich in Livestrong magazine. They also give a recipe for a much healthier alternative. I love the title of this book too—I’m thinking I’ll be getting this for my bookshelves soon!

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“I’d Rather Sell My Soul Than Soul Cycle”

By Jennifer Sage On January 29, 2013 38 Comments

“I’d rather sell my soul than Soul Cycle, frankly.”

That was the quote in an article in Gawker, an online entertainment magazine. Three employees from Gawker were invited to take a free class at Soul Cycle in Manhattan. The article is quite entertaining, and Soul Cycle will no doubt rue the day they invited Rich, Caity, and Leah to attend a class. But hey, they opened themselves up to honest evaluation!

I realize that these three have never taken any kind of Spinning® or indoor cycling class; in fact, they aren’t really exercisers at all, so they might joke about any class. But I do not think they would be quite as irreverent if they attended a cycling class in which the instructor taught like a

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My Thoughts on Lance Pre-Oprah

By Jennifer Sage On January 17, 2013 No Comments

Tomorrow evening will be a big deal for cycling fans and cancer survivors around the world. Even the casual observer may tune in as Lance Armstrong confesses to the empathetic Oprah Winfrey and the world about taking performance-enhancing drugs after a lifetime of lying and cheating.

This is a photo I took at the top of the Col de Croix Fry in the Alpes in 2004, where I had taken a group with my bicycle tour company, Viva Travels. Lance won the stage, although he tried to “gift” it to Floyd Landis, who was unable to chase down the leader at the time, Andreas Kloden of Team Telekom. Leading him up the col is Landis; over his right shoulder is Jan

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A Spinning Instructor’s Worst Nightmare

By Jennifer Sage On January 15, 2013 2 Comments

I may have posted this before but came across it again on Facebook and just had to share because I laughed so hard, while also cringing at the thought. Wouldn’t this be your worst nightmare in a Spinning class?

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia _ Spin Class by hulu

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Tom Scotto Makes Boston’s Top 10 Spinning Instructor List

By Jennifer Sage On January 11, 2013 No Comments

A hearty congratulations to Cycling Fusion’s director of education and ICA contributor Tom Scotto for being selected as #3 in Boston’s Rate Your Burn Top 10 Spinning / Cycling Instructors of the Year!

Tom Scotto Spinning Class

This is a real honor for Tom, and it’s an honor for me to know him. If it was me voting, he’d be #1! In my 16 years of traveling to train Spinning® and cycling instructors, presenting at and attending conferences, and experiencing master trainers from all programs, I can honestly say that in my opinion, Tom Scotto is one of the hardest working and most well-rounded instructors/coaches/presenters in this industry. I might even say in the world! Yup, I seriously believe that. Why? Well, just for starters, a few of Tom’s

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How to not be bored when cycling indoors

By Jennifer Sage On January 11, 2013 No Comments

Velonews and FasCat coaching offer this video tip on how not to be bored when cycling indoors:

Brian Holcombe of Velonews asks Frank Overton how to pass the time on a trainer. Frank says the best way is to add structure in the form of intervals. He stresses getting creative and to keep yourself entertained and help that time pass quicker. Cyclists should have a fan, a water bottle, a towel, and most importantly a form of entertainment, such as a video or upbeat music.

Kinda sounds like a really good Spinning® class to

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Fabulous FREE Spinning song!

By Jennifer Sage On January 5, 2013 2 Comments

I LOVE it when I can find great music for Spinning® that is free and legal, especially when it’s offered by the musicians themselves.

Haldolium is a German group who’s been around for awhile. Their specialty is progressive trance and they seem to be making a resurgence recently. I started following them on Facebook not long ago and today they announced that they are now on Soundcloud and are offering this free download to a song called All My Life. This is a great one!

Get it now!

When I find a great free (legal) download that is great for Spinning instructors, I’ll often post it here. Make sure you are signed up for the ICA free email if you want to receive notification of free music and other

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Salad entrapment

By Jennifer Sage On January 2, 2013 1 Comment

When you go out to eat, do you usually order a salad, thinking it will provide you with fewer calories and fat than most other things on the menu?

Think again!

Here are 20 salads from major chain restaurants that have MORE calories and fat than a cheeseburger, including one salad that has a whopping 1600 calories (from On The Border). In a typical indoor cycling class, that would take about 2.5 to 3.5 hours to burn off—not what you imagine would be your penance for ordering a “salad.”

If eating healthy and reducing your calories are your goals when ordering a salad, whenever you are at a restaurant, take a close look at the ingredients. You might be better off with something else on the menu, or have them leave off the accoutrements like candied walnuts, gorgonzola, sour cream, or

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