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Establishing Training Zones Using a Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP) Ramp Test

We’ve provide you with a detailed class profile for you to conduct your own MAP (maximal aerobic power) ramp test, including the protocol, the coaching, the music, and a downloadable spreadsheet which will estimate FTP and your riders’ power training zones. This is a viable alternative to the 20-minute FTP test, which requires a solid understanding and ability to pace one’s effort. Pacing isn’t an issue with this test.

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You’ve Got Your FTP Number…Now What?

You’ve coached your riders to understand the benefits of establishing a benchmark metric known as functional threshold power, or FTP, a number around which they can set their intensity. You’ve used one of the recommended methods to determine FTP. Now what do you do? How do you provide each rider with their zones?

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How to Incorporate Long Intervals, Part 3: Progressive Programming Over 6–8 Weeks

In this chapter, I provide a sample time table of 6–8 weeks with programming ideas for gradually increasing the length of the intervals and teaching riders to understand pacing. By the final week, your class should be ready for their first FTP test!

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How to Incorporate Long Intervals, Part 2: Preparing for a 20-Minute FTP Assessment

In part 1 of our continuing series on how to incorporate longer intervals, I discussed why these intervals are so important and gave six reasons you should teach your class to love these longer efforts, especially if they are used to high-intensity intervals of less than 3 minutes. In part 2 we’ll look at one of the prime reasons longer intervals are so crucial—preparing for FTP testing. I discuss the different kinds of FTP testing, who should and should not take part in the 20-minute test, and what to do instead.

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Stop the Glorification of Workouts That Almost Kill People!

“I sure hope my cycling class today is EFFECTIVE!”…said no participant, ever. Time to ask yourself this question: how effective are your classes?

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Can You Guess This Profile Objective?

While putting the finishing touches on a power profile for ICA, I put myself through the workout so I can experience the entire training session at the desired intensity. The two times I’ve taught it I obviously couldn’t be at that effort and teach it effectively, and I can attest that it’s a good one! I uploaded the training file here and challenge everyone to analyze—or guess—the training objective.

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Muscular Strength Profile: Stampede!

If you love proving that indoor cycling is not just for cardio bunnies, this is the profile for you. The overall goal is to place as much force on the leg muscles as possible for the duration of each muscular strength interval. Consider this profile the equivalent of performing single-leg squats or lunges—800 of them!

The intervals are short, but they are intense. If done correctly, each interval will bring a rider close to failure in the last seconds.

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OCD: The Olympic Rings Pedal Stroke Drill

I’ve been teaching this pedal stroke drill for almost as long as I’ve been teaching (20 years). I first introduced it at a conference in my session called The Anatomy of the Pedal Stroke at WSSC in 2002. It’s a fabulous visual to help riders connect with their pedal strokes.

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Magic Coaching Minute: Bouncing in the Saddle

How can you help riders quiet their form and eliminate bouncing? Jennifer Sage and Tom Scotto discuss why this happens and provide a few solutions.

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Ask the Expert: When I Stand, Should I Use Hand Position 2 or 3?

In a recent profile, I was asked why I don’t assign a hand position when riders stand. This is a great question that I get often. Let’s talk hand positions seated and standing, and why we go there.

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