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Just Got Certified: Now What? Tips for New Instructors, Part 1

Some new instructors are more challenged than others with stage fright, especially if they do not come from a group fitness background. Most of these insecurities are easily quelled with practice, practice, practice. Allow yourself the time and space to make mistakes. Here are some tips for new instructors that will minimize your nervousness as you move beyond your certification.

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Give Your Class the Direction They Need

The purpose of each workout should be clear to both the instructor and the riders at the beginning of class. This is key to managing effort levels and expectations of participants, and leads to greater success.

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Creative Visualization and Imagery, Part 5: Breath, Connection, and Pedal Stroke

The next installment of our Creative Visualization and Imagery series focuses on coaching your riders to focus on their breath, how to connect their breath with their pedal strokes, and how to talk about pedal stroke dynamics. These are the tricks that help athletes ignore any possible negative thoughts such as doubt and fear, and lead them to success. While these are exceptional for sub-threshold intensity cueing (like endurance classes), they put your riders into the right mental space to take on higher intensities.

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Creative Visualization and Imagery, Part 4: Endurance Cueing

Endurance rides, or aerobic efforts in the middle of other higher-intensity profiles, are the perfect opportunity for using creative visualizations to help guide your students. Here are cues designed to help riders relax, focus, and immerse themselves in the moment.

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Creative Visualization and Imagery, Part 3: Metaphors and Similes

In this chapter, I discuss the use of metaphors and similes to add color and personality to your coaching. These spark your riders to be more creative and to use their imagination. They are an incredibly powerful coaching method and will set you apart from the typical bootcamp-style instructor who only shouts out commands, telling people specifically what to do. Here are 52 metaphors and similes to spice up your cueing.

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Creative Visualization and Imagery, Part 2: Language

The language techniques described here will help you to greatly expand your vocabulary, use different ways for expressing a similar idea, and will add color and excitement to your coaching. In part 1, I discussed the physiological effects of visualization and imagery techniques and how the mind doesn’t know the difference between a real or imagined event. Your creative cueing will take advantage of this fact to help guide them to higher levels of performance and success.

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Creative Visualization and Imagery, Part 1: The Power of Visualization

Using visualization and imagery coaching techniques to inspire your students allows you to connect with your students on a much deeper level. Part 1 discusses the immense power of using visualization. Part 2 will provide colorful examples of expanding your coaching language. Parts 3–7 will give specific cues for flats, climbs, high-intensity efforts, and warm-up and cool-down. You will never run out of things to say again!

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Help New Students Feel Welcome to Your Class, Part 4: A New Student Handout Can Be a Lifeline

New students need so much in so little time. It’s a big challenge for you to give them everything they need in a way that is neither threatening nor overwhelming. Here’s some help. A simple take-home handout can be a lifeline—for you both!

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Why Do They Come to Class if They Don’t Want to Work?

Do instructors need to chill? Izabela asks that question after recognizing that some of her riders have very different reasons for coming to her class, ones that she personally may never have considered. At first, acknowledging this went against her instincts as an instructor, but it made her wonder if she had it all wrong. This realization made her much more empathetic to her riders.

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Facebook Live Mini Training: Why Cadence Matters, Part 1

This mini training provides a basic understanding of cadence and how it’s measured, and helps you understand the physiological factors of cadence that you should consider when designing your profiles. 

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