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Archive for the ‘Contraindications’ Category

What to say when your Spinning students want to do crunches

By Jennifer Sage On September 29, 2012 1 Comment

Spinning contraidicationFluff. That’s what so many of these contraindicated movements are, the ones that are popular in so many classes around the world. Almost all of them have zero benefit, many are very high risk (to knee, hip, spine, or shoulder joints or to the musculature of the body), but most are plain and simply ineffective at doing what they purport to do—like lifting 1-lb weights to strengthen the upper body or doing oblique crunches sitting upright. So basically, they are all just fluff.

Fluff that takes away from your opportunity to do some real work and obtain real results.

Hold that thought for a moment, I’m going off-topic.

Today I was reading about an online educational internet marketing event that I’m interested in taking. As you no doubt know, ICA is an

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Hot Spinning Back in the News

By Jennifer Sage On August 18, 2012 3 Comments

This article from the online fitness journal Greatist asks the question Are Hot Workouts Safe? I covered this topic back in January 2012 in this post. But this topic will keep resurfacing as more and more studios adopt gimmicks that they think will set them apart and increase their popularity. Many employ these gimmicks without doing their research, and in doing so, put their students and members at risk.

This article correctly challenges the belief that excessive sweating “clears away toxins” and that heating up a room, even “only” to 82 degrees, is inconsequential. They give some suggestions on how to tolerate the heat by staying hydrated and to slow the pace if it becomes unbearable. But I believe they left out a few major points about the dangers and misinformation of working out in an

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Spin Class song with Jimmy Fallon and LMFAO

By Jennifer Sage On June 29, 2012 1 Comment

The ultimate spoof of some of these crazy popular cycling classes out there! Thanks Jimmy Fallon and LMFAO for the laugh!

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Marathoners prepare to run in the heat in Boston – “dangerously hot”

By Jennifer Sage On April 16, 2012 No Comments

First of all, good luck to all the runners in tomorrow’s Boston Marathon. I am always in awe of someone who can run for over 26 miles!

Mother Nature is planning a hot day in Boston, quite unusual for this early in the year. Here is an article by the Running Doc in the NY Daily News called Will 84-degree heat prove dangerous in Monday’s Boston Marathon? He gives specific tips for handling the heat, and mentions that whenever weather turns hot, there are more people who become ill at races.

This is a no-brainer, isn’t it? Heat can cause illness, injury or even death. One of the largest marathons in the world is taking huge steps to mitigate the risks to its runners, and it will be up to the runners

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Jennifer Sage

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 Spinning®? Don’t they know anything about trademark violation? Would they highlight 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 airing that the word Spin® or Spinning® should not be used on the air or on their website or Yahoo site. (Still, 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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The Battle of the Bulge in the 1940’s

By Jennifer Sage On March 28, 2012 3 Comments

We can laugh at bad exercise advice 70 years later, but do we have the insight to recognize poor exercise advice when it’s in our face? Is society just as gullible now as these women were back then? Back then, exercise science wasn’t very advanced, but in the modern age, it’s amazing the crazy things people will do in the name of fitness!

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Excellent article on IDEA – all cycling instructors please read this!

By Jennifer Sage On February 29, 2012 1 Comment

I just became aware of this excellent article from IDEA Health and Fitness Association on indoor cycling instruction. It’s by Martica Heaner, Ph.D. and is called A Smoother Ride. “Group Ex Skills & Drills: These 10 tips will motivate and inspire your indoor cycling class and keep people coming back for more.”

To me, the best part of the article is the Sidebar at the end. It is titled Technique: Know Your Stuff.

I left a ‘short’ comment. I want to support any person, club, program, publication or organization that promotes educated, sound instruction on an indoor bicycle that eschews unsafe and ineffective techniques like lifting weights, or doing pushups or crunches. My comment is below. Feel free to leave your comment on the IDEA page supporting their efforts to clean up indoor cycling and encouraging instructors to know their

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When to walk out of a Spinning® or Indoor Cycling class – my Twitter rant

By Jennifer Sage On February 25, 2012 19 Comments

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have noticed that I cracked a little bit last week. I hit my tolerance threshold for crappy Spinning® and Indoor Cycling classes and went on a rant about the prevalence of improper instruction in so many cycling classes around the world. I had spoken with too many instructors who told me stories like:

  • the fullest classes at my club are the ones where the instructor is having them do hovers, squats, pushups and crunches – the students have no idea! I have my own core group, but recently had a new person come in and asked why I didn’t do pushups or weights. When I explained they aren’t beneficial and only take away from your effectiveness on the bike, she walked out.
  • Management recently
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The Truth About Indoor Cycling Cadence – Jennifer’s article on Active.com

By Jennifer Sage On February 24, 2012 6 Comments

SpinningThe following is an article Jennifer wrote for Active.com. To read the article on the Active.com website, click here. Please share the link (or this blog) with your students, program managers and instructor peers. As usual, your comments (both on the Active page and on this blog) are always appreciated!

The Truth About Indoor Cycling Cadence

As you peek into the door of many indoor cycling classes, or if you’ve watched some of the many “Spinning®” classes on Youtube or on television, often you will see frantic legs pedaling so fast it’s more like the roadrunner trying to escape Wile E. Coyote. Legs are blurring so fast you often cannot even see them. However, many students in typical indoor cycling classes do not have the skills to pedal quickly with

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“Spinning” and Core Training video (ummmm, not really…)

By Jennifer Sage On February 10, 2012 No Comments

A facility in Southern California called Studio Sweat has announced that it is going to start offering online streaming videos of its “Spinning” classes. They have several of them posted on their site. Here is one they call “SpinCore”.

Before you watch it, has anyone here taken the official “Spin® and Core” Continuing Education Course from Mad Dogg Athletics and Spinning®? I used to teach it….and I have to say, it looks nothing like this……

I use “Spinning” above and in the title of this blog post very loosely – quoting their title on their video. The immediate problem is the blatant misuse of the Spinning® trademark when what they are doing is most certainly not Spinning®. If you are going to call something “Spinning” there are some very important criteria to adhere to,

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