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Top 7 Ways to Grow as an Indoor Cycling Instructor in 2018

This year, I want to challenge you to reach new heights in your coaching. This may mean moving out of your own comfort zone. It’s something we ask of our riders all the time; how about ourselves? What can we do to push ourselves, to take risks, to put ourselves out there in front of our students and announce to the world that we aren’t afraid of growth?

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If They’re Bored, You’re Boring

For so many years I’ve heard cycling/Spinning instructors lament that “Students get bored if the class is cycling specific, so I need to [add silly move here] or they won’t come to class!” Well, I have news for you…maybe it’s not the moves or technique that are boring; maybe it’s you! On that note, here are 13 ways you can be sure to keep students engaged without resorting to silly gimmicks on the bike. Make this your Instructor New Year’s Revolution!

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My Cycling Class Today: Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Blind…or Both.

ICA’s editor, Shari Miranda, was approached about teaching a class with a rider who was both deaf and blind. Shari spent a few weeks preparing for this class, including emailing with the rider and his interpreter about the best ways to communicate the profile. She shares what she did and how it went.

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Anatomy of Inquiry-Based Coaching

When it comes to cueing in the cycling studio, there are two distinct paths instructors can take: telling and asking. Both have their place and both are paired nicely with showing, or demonstrating. Cori explains how incorporating questions into your cueing can elicit more effort toward the goal and ownership in the outcome from your riders.

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Landing Your Next Indoor Cycling Gig: A Practical Guide to Auditioning, Part 3

In this final post of our series on auditions, we cover what to do immediately after the audition and what to do when you get the news of “yay” or “nay.”

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Landing Your Next Indoor Cycling Gig: A Practical Guide to Auditioning, Part 2

Lights, camera, action. What to do when being judged from the instructor bike.

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The Value of Silence

Sometimes what we don’t do is more important than what we do. Sometimes letting go is better than holding on. Sometimes less is more. Learn when not to speak in class so that your words will be all the more powerful when you chose to use them.

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When Honesty is the Best Choice

A new instructor, Robert, commented on my article on being comfortable with silence that he admitted to his students he was doing something that was really hard for him. This got me thinking about other scenarios when it’s more helpful to just simply be up-front with your students about your own challenges and admit your humanness. Here are seven more examples, and I welcome your thoughts as well.

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Should Loud Music be the Next Contraindication?

Loud music can motivate but it can also have lifelong harmful effects. What is our responsibility to our students?

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Directing Class Energy is Like Directing a Stage Play

You’ve had classes with great energy. And you’ve also had classes without it. What’s the difference? Studying how energy is conveyed during a stage production gives us some answers on how to direct energy in our classes.

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