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Theme Ride Thursday: You Bring the Guac, We’ll Bring the Tunes — A Cinco de Mayo Playlist!

Celebrate the Battle of Puebla with these Mexican artists.

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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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The Paris–Roubaix, the “Hell of the North”

You are going to LOVE this profile! Last year I updated it with some famous quotes about the race, some additional cueing, and another playlist option. Matt Scheffer, a fanatic about the Spring Classics bicycle races and an exceptional indoor cycling instructor, created the original emotional, challenging, and very fun profile to offer your students, even those who might never have heard of the Paris–Roubaix. This race is so full of history and drama, you can’t help but have a great time as you visualize the pavé (the rugged cobbled sections of the brutal 160-mile race).

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Quick Profile: Strength Endurance Hill Repeats

Pedaling at lower cadences with higher resistance develops leg strength the same way lifting a heavier weight in the gym increases muscular strength. Today’s profile consists of hill repeats that focus on developing leg strength through strength endurance training. l often use recovery songs that are from one artist and album—I think you’ll enjoy the ones used in this profile.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Chase Danger with this Spy-Themed Playlist and Profile

The James Bond theme song is one of the most universally known across the world. This song laid the groundwork for an entire genre of music and we honor it with a spy-themed playlist and profile, aptly called “Shaken, Not Stirred.”

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Quick Profile: Two Pyramids Plus Two Inverse Pyramids

Bill Pierce does it again with another creative, fun, and challenging profile. This ride consists of climbing two pyramids and two inverse pyramids, each one slightly different. The goal is to develop the attributes used in climbing, and muscular endurance at sub-threshold and threshold levels of power.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Let the Madness Begin!

It’s March, and in the words of the great David Bowie, “Let’s dance!”

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Quick Profile: Lather, Rinse, Repeat, Take 2 (4-Minute Intervals)

Did you like our “Lather, Rinse, Repeat” Quick Profile? In this version, we increase to 4-minute intervals just above threshold. For those training with power, a 4-minute interval is generally going to be a few watts lower than the average was for 3 minutes.

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Quick Profile: Lather, Rinse, Repeat (3-Minute Intervals)

At first glance, this profile may seem “basic,” but it’s anything but “easy.” When intervals are distilled down to their basic format of hard followed by easy, they are simple to create, (fairly) simple to put music to, and simple to coach. Bonus: They may end up being some of the physically hardest classes you teach!

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How to Educate Your Riders, Part 4: Using Storytelling and Non-Cycling Examples

Continuing our series on Educating Your Students, Christine gives some suggestions about how to use non-cycling examples to help students understand cycling technique and what they should be feeling while pedaling. She does this primarily through storytelling in her profiles, although that’s not a prerequisite of the method. Christine is an expert at this technique and has been extremely successful educating her students.

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