Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

What Are You Riding For? Awesome Video Everyone Should Watch!

By Jennifer Sage On May 3, 2014 No Comments

A video not to be missed…What are YOU riding for? Leave your answer in the comments!

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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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Why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work

By Jennifer Sage On December 29, 2011 No Comments

Spinning profiles

Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual resolutions. Next week, you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
Mark Twain

See? Even Mark Twain knows that resolutions do not work!

Why do most resolutions fail? Perhaps one reason is because we joke about how ineffective they are, and deep down inside we know it’s a waste of time to make them. We know that most likely we will end up depressed (once again) that we could not last a month before we “fail” at our promises to ourselves to do “XYZ” better or to not do “ABC” any more. The primary reason why they fail however is because we do not even believe ourselves. We do not have a “why” behind our goals – we are just going through the motions.


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On suffering and pain – two great quotes

By Jennifer Sage On August 11, 2011 No Comments

suffering in spinning class

A recent post on the Indoor Cycling Association website described my own journey through pushing through suffering (on a steep, hard climb just out of my ability level at the time) and the tools I used to get me through it. In the post I challenged you as an instructor to make sure you visited that place on occasion so that you can remind yourself from time to time what it feels like to wonder if you are going to succeed, to battle the thoughts of doubt, and learn how to overcome them. Read “Mind Over Misery: when was the last time you allowed yourself to suffer?”

Well, today I found two quotes that are perfectly apropos to this subject. As a cyclist, you know exactly

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