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Ask the Expert (Follow-Up): Healing the Pedal Stroke—Ankling

It is always great to see the response of our cycling instructor and coach community. A number of questions arose after I published the last Ask the Expert article on “Healing the Pedal Stroke.” The focus was solely on the practice of pushing down or dropping the heel below horizontal during the pedal stroke. In addition to my response to questions and feedback, I created a video using footage from the 2013 USA Cycling Pro Challenge to demonstrate the technique. Hey, pictures are worth a thousand words, right?

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Ask The Expert: Healing the Pedal Stroke

The Question: Should you push the heels down when pedaling?

The Short Answer: NO

Let’s talk about why…

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Obsessed with Cycling Drills: Standing Transitions

This is a great drill to sprinkle into your profiles to teach standing and sitting with control and efficacy. It keeps riders engaged over long climbing segments. Once perfected, the technique will transfer over to every other drill you use that requires riders to stand.

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Magic Coaching Minute: Standing Flats

What is the best advice for standing up when you describe a “flat road” to your riders? Since balance and fitness can affect how well a rider can stand up, these tips will help you improve your riders’ performance, and ultimately their fitness, in your classes.

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You Just Wait: Indoor Cycling Injuries Lurk

When it comes to overuse injures, I’d rather not wait. Cycling is an activity used by many physical therapists for rehabilitation. When done properly, cycling is very gentle on the joints and muscles. I repeat…when done properly.

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Magic Coaching Minute: Standing for Beginners

Here is a quick tip to help those in our classes who are either new or deconditioned and have difficulty standing. Some fear it is purely a matter of strength and give up before they begin. The truth is that balance plays the major role.

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Rolling Hills and Switchbacks—My 2002 WSSC Session

In 2002, I presented a session at WSSC called “Rolling Hills and Switchbacks.” Prior to that date, these techniques weren’t a big part of Spinning® (or any indoor cycling program for that matter). I want to give you my handout from 2002, for free! I’ve changed a few things in how I coach these and will be sharing those coaching techniques very soon, but much of this still applies for realistic simulation of riding rollers and switchbacks.

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Webinar: The Days of Hand Positions on the Bike Are Numbered

A few years ago, Tom Scotto and I did a webinar on hand positions. It is the perfect visual follow up to last week’s post on hand positions while standing. It provides the practical and biomechanical reasons for where to place your hands while riding, whether seated or standing.

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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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Ask the Expert: How Do You Do a Spin-Up and Is It Different From a Surge or a Sprint?

I received a great question recently in the ICA Facebook group from Sarah asking what the difference between a “spin-up” and a “surge” is. We had an Ask the Expert post from 2013 with a similar question from Angela asking, “How exactly do you teach a spin-up? Is it different from a sprint?”  So, I have edited the previous article below and updated it with Sarah’s question to help you fully understand what a spin-up is and how to teach one, including referencing a full profile on these drills.

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