Keep learning from endurance coaching methods and coaches

By Jennifer Sage On November 8, 2011 Under General Advice, Outdoor Cycling

Read, read, read. Anything you can get your hands on that will help your understanding of training, physiology and even nutrition for athletes. For your own benefit, as well as for the benefit of your students who look to you for advice. If you are teaching Spinning® and indoor cycling classes, and helping your students improve their fitness and/or performance, then I believe you are working with athletes, regardless of their goals or level of fitness.

Many coaches in the endurance world – which includes cycling, running, triathlon, swimming and rowing, are seeking to be on the cutting edge, pushing the limits of their knowledge of performance. As much as possible, endurance coaches look to science to answer questions, but also realize that they must modify the information to match the individual needs of their athletes, because everyone is different.

We may have a few students in our classes who are training for racing, or to participate in events such as fun runs, their first century ride, or maybe even their first 10 miles on a road bike, but for the most part, our students are just “training for life”. Nevertheless, the knowledge we gain from the endurance world can be extrapolated to all of our students. In a general sense, what works for an athlete will work for a fitness participant who wants to improve their health, fitness and endurance (i.e. last longer and feel better during a one hour exercise class).

I wanted to share with you an excellent resource for improving your knowledge in this arena. Here is a recent blog post from Joe Friel, one of the pillars of endurance coaching for the past 15 years. In this post, he provides some answers to questions about the changing nature of training over the past decade. We, as indoor cycling coaches, can learn from his answers!

If you are not yet on Joe Friel’s mailing list, I recommend you sign up for it to receive emails about his blog posts. There is almost always something informative that you can bring to your own coaching.

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