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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ask The Expert: Sweating, Weight Loss, and Fitness

Josephine has a rider who loves to sit right in front of the fan, but she never sweats. Is this good or bad? She also wonders if sweating plays a role in weight loss. We turn to the ultimate expert, Dr. Jennifer Klau, who did her master’s thesis on sweat. Dr. Klau’s answer goes way beyond this question and will help you understand the physiology of sweating at a much deeper level so you can inform your riders correctly about what it means…and even more importantly, what it doesn’t mean.

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Ask The Expert: What Do You Do When A Rider Is Late to Class and Misses Warm-up?

Following our in-depth series on different kinds of warm-ups for different types of classes, I received an excellent question about handling riders who are late to class and miss the warm-up. Here are five ways to manage late arrivals that keeps everyone happy—the latecomer, your class, and you!

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