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Identity Crisis…Are You a True Fitness Professional?

Today’s landscape of fitness classes is a vast array of choices both for participants and instructors. When it comes to indoor cycling, in some situations you are bound by the style your facility expects, in other situations you are at a licensed facility required to teach specific formats by the book, and in others your imagination is the only limit. The goal of this article is to answer the question, regardless of the style, format, or intention of the class you teach…are you a true fitness professional?

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What is Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome?

The effects of stress do not simply impact one’s mental health. It is well documented that stress also has an influence on physical well-being. Considering the causes of adrenal fatigue syndrome it is easy to imagine how busy indoor cycling instructors could be at risk for developing this condition.

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Teaching Intimidating Students

Many instructors can be paralyzed by the presence of an intimidating student—that student who seems to own the gym or has an air about them that makes them seem unapproachable. You can learn how to better understand and teach them.

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What Does John Steinbeck Have to Do with Mindfulness in Indoor Cycling?

A “glory” is a concept described by John Steinbeck in his famous book East of Eden. I believe a glory can be found in any aspect of our life—including on an indoor bicycle. Can you find mindfulness in indoor cycling? Can you help your students find that magical place where the world drops away and only the glory remains?

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“Break Glass in Case of Emergency”: How to Manage Defiant Students

You know those red boxes where you break the glass to throw the emergency alarm? You need one of those in your instructor toolbox. The reason you need one is the defiant student.

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Surviving the Holidaze

The holiday season is here, and with it comes the ebb and flow of rider attendance and the highs and lows of holiday stress. Are you prepared for the additional demands on your time around your regular teaching schedule? Here are a few tips for managing the stress before it manages you and affects how you deliver your cycling classes.

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The Sensitivity Around a Christmas-Themed Class

As we approach Christmas and the holiday season, it’s fun to start creating our Christmas-themed classes. But, there are some things to be sensitive about that instructors should consider as part of their planning.

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Three Minutes to Make a First impression

Jackie Cohen Maniscalco had one of those 3-minute large group auditions we wrote about recently at a major chain club. In fact, Jackie’s request for help in the ICA Facebook group is what inspired me to write the article. Jackie had an interesting experience at her audition and agreed to share it with you all. You know, in case you might ever experience one like it where you actually get less than 3 minutes to show what you know!

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Landing Your Next Indoor Cycling Gig: A Practical Guide to Auditioning, Part 1

“Help! I have an audition coming up…do you have any advice?” This is such a common question, so we’ve put together a three-part practical guide to auditioning. Part 1 walks you through six important steps prior to your audition that will ensure you are as prepared as you can be.

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The Value of Silence

Sometimes what we don’t do is more important than what we do. Sometimes letting go is better than holding on. Sometimes less is more. Learn when not to speak in class so that your words will be all the more powerful when you chose to use them.

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