Archive for February, 2014

Getting Into the Flow With Music and Affirmations

By Jennifer Sage On February 23, 2014 No Comments

music-and-athleteThe website Thesportinmind.com, an online journal specializing in sports psychology, has some excellent articles on motivation in sport, many of which are excellent resources for you as an indoor cycling instructor seeking to engage and inspire your riders.

Here is an article called Motivation: Get Into the Flow in Sport With Music and Exercise, by Hannah Farmer. I’ve posted part of the article below:

For elite athletes, fitness fanatics and gym goers, having the right frame of mind is the best way to achieve the perfect performance. The highest level of intrinsic motivation is know as flow. Flow is described as the complete immersion in an activity to the point in which nothing else matters. Hungarian psychologist Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, lead psychologist in the concept of flow, claims that flow occurs when there is a perfect match between the

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Lactic Acid Debunked: ALL Spinning® and Indoor Cycling Instructors Please Read!

By Jennifer Sage On February 15, 2014 4 Comments
Team Sky Froome of Britain sprints on the finish line ahead of BMC Racing Team Evans of Australia and Team Sky Wiggins of Britain at the end of the seventh stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Tomblaine and La Planche des Belles Filles

Photo credit: Steephill.tv/Reuters

SCIENCE WARNING! This post is going to refer to several articles that get into some serious exercise physiology that is extremely relevant to what happens in a Spinning® or any other indoor cycling class. As a result, I truly HOPE that you, as an indoor cycling instructor (and perhaps even those who are simply students) are eager to read it with great interest. Our industry needs more instructors who are passionate about how the body works, or at the very least, interested in making

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Do You Consume Sports Drinks During or After Your Spinning® Class?

By Jennifer Sage On February 2, 2014 1 Comment

GatoradeDo you, or do you know anyone who regularly consumes sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade during or after Spinning® classes, or other group fitness classes? Chances are, you do NOT need them! You may want to share this article by the CBC, which states:

A CBC Marketplace investigation found that the vast majority of Canadians don’t exercise hard enough to need the colourful drinks, and an average workout does not deplete the body enough to require additional energy and electrolytes.

Something tells me Americans probably have the Canadians beat in the sports drink consumption race! Their ubiquitous presence as a sponsor for just about every athletic event, from small town local school events to professional sporting events of every ilk cannot be escaped.

Do you realize how much sugar is in a jar of Gatorade? I think you’ll be as

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