Currently Browsing: Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Should You Touch a Rider’s Resistance?

I was asked if there is ever a reason for the instructor to turn someone’s resistance knob for them. While as a general rule I would say it’s not advised, I actually have three scenarios where I believe it can be helpful.

Read More...

Ask The Expert: What is a Surge vs an Attack?

Laura asks the difference between a surge and an attack. This is an important distinction that all instructors should know. Included are some cues to help you describe them to your riders.

Read More...

Ask the Expert: Is Zone 3 a “No-Man’s Land”?

In a recent post of an aerobic-intensity profile called Ebb and Flow, I received a question about the Zone 3 level of intensity of the profile. This zone has been called a “no-man’s land” or a “dead zone” by some cycling coaches. Is this true, and if so, should we be worried about it?

Read More...

Ask the Expert: How Do You Do a Spin-Up and Is It Different From a Surge or a Sprint?

I received a great question recently in the ICA Facebook group from Sarah asking what the difference between a “spin-up” and a “surge” is. We had an Ask the Expert post from 2013 with a similar question from Angela asking, “How exactly do you teach a spin-up? Is it different from a sprint?”  So, I have edited the previous article below and updated it with Sarah’s question to help you fully understand what a spin-up is and how to teach one, including referencing a full profile on these drills.

Read More...

Ask The Expert: What’s the Difference Between a Hover and an Isolation?

What exactly does an isolation look like on the bike? Is it similar to a hover? Today we discuss the difference between the two, and why neither are effective or beneficial techniques to employ in indoor cycling classes.

Read More...

Ask the Expert: How Much Coaching in Class is Too Much?

Aisha asked me, how much cueing is too much? No one likes an instructor who talks non-stop, but we’ve also been in classes where not enough good cueing is given and the class seems to be at a loss on what to do or how hard to go. Here are 9 things to consider when doing a self-analysis on whether you are talking too much (or enough) in your classes.

Read More...

Ask the Expert: To Jump or Not to Jump

Jumps can be controversial. They are a big part of the curriculum of some indoor cycling programs; others avoid them or list them as contraindicated. What’s my take? I say “it depends!” Let’s look at three ways jumps should NOT be taught and four different ways to teach them in the most effective manner, from most to least cycling specific.

Read More...

Ask the Expert: How Do You “Keep it Real” Where It’s Not Supported?

Learn how to “keep it real” in spite of being in an environment where other instructors tend to use techniques that are ineffective and possibly unsafe.

Read More...

Ask the Expert: Tom Scotto Tells Us How to Fake It!

Tom gives us tips on how to fake your intensity, so your riders don’t know that you’re not pushing as hard. Because sometimes to be the best coach, they just don’t need to know.

Read More...

Ask the Expert: Should You Ride at the Intensity of Your Students?

While on location in Kauai filming for a virtual ride with Cycling Fusion, I had Tom Scotto at my beck and call, so I took advantage of this situation and filmed a couple of Ask the Expert videos. In this first one, we discuss when it is appropriate for an instructor to ride at the intensity required of the class and when it’s better to back off.

Read More...

« Previous Entries