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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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Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 2: Stop Trying to be Perfect. Be Yourself but Bigger.

Are you the shy instructor? You can feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert. Shy instructors can be terrific by simply unlearning a few misconceptions about performing in public. If this is you, it’s time to up your game by stopping the behaviors or beliefs that may be limiting your performance. In part 1 of this series, you learned to rechannel your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift.” In part 2, you will learn to stop doubting yourself.

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Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 1: Make Your Anxiety Work For You, Not Against You

Are you the shy instructor? It is possible to feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert. You don’t have to be an extrovert, a performer, to get up in front of a class. In part 1 of this series, you will learn to stop trying to calm your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift” you were not granted.

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Building Community in Your Indoor Cycling Class

Community in an indoor cycling class isn’t something that just happens automatically with a mix of time, music, and work. A class that is based on community needs conscious nurturing and leadership from the instructor. The ability of the instructor to build and maintain community makes the difference between the mediocre class experience and the one that is memorable. Here are some thoughts about the importance of community in your class as well as a list of specific ideas you can use to help create community.

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Audition Tips: When You Only Have a Few Minutes

You’ve landed an audition for a great teaching gig, but they are only going to give you 3 minutes. What do you say? What do you do? When you have an audition this short, it’s important to optimize every second. Here is a sample 3-minute audition template (which you can extend to a longer audition), along with 8 other tips to help you land any teaching job you want!

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Top 7 Ways to Grow as an Indoor Cycling Instructor in 2017

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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Top 10 Reasons to Return to Indoor Cycling this Fall and Ways to Promote It

Looking for ways to lure those outdoor, summer cyclists back indoors this fall to your class? Look no more! We’ve got 10 reason to share with your students as well as ways to promote it!

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Building Powerful Connections with Your Participants

Use these five steps to build powerful connections with your students which will positively engage and develop mutually beneficial relationships.

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Baby Boomers, Six-Packs, and Indoor Cycling

Are we’re missing out on an opportunity to build our indoor cycling classes because we’ve missed the mark on what boomers want? Are we giving them what they want and need when they come to our classes? We’ve identified insights that can help keep your baby boomers engaged, happy, fit, and most importantly, coming to your classes!

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Effective Intros and Outros Build a Stronger Class Experience

Many thoughtful instructors spend a great amount of time developing wonderful playlists combining strong physiological sequencing with impactful music. Yet many of these same instructors ad lib the beginning and end of class without much prior thought. Here are some specific things you can do to strengthen the impact of your intros and outros, while creating an atmosphere of trust and community.

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