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My Cycling Class Today: What I’ve Learned Teaching Off the Bike

For the last three months an injury has grounded me, forcing me to teach my classes off the bike. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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Cycling Through the Mom Guilt

Jackie Maniscalco replies to a recent article about wrestling with the guilt of teaching cycle class after pregnancy posted in the ICA Facebook group, and explains why you shouldn’t have mom guilt for taking time out for yourself. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup!

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No RPM? No Problem! This RPM App is a Game Changer!

Do your bikes have consoles? No? You aren’t alone. While the wave of technology certainly is prevalent in many studios and gyms around the world, it’s not yet ubiquitous. But we’ve got great news for you! Introducing the first smartphone app that reads cadence…and it’s very reliable!

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RIP to Another Rock Icon, Gregg Allman

Honoring musical legends in our cycling classes when they leave this world is a great way to play tribute to amazing artists, while at the same time expanding your own musical repertoire. It gives you an excuse to play tracks you might not normally play—and who knows? You—and your riders—may discover genres you wouldn’t normally ride to! Here are four Allman Brothers songs you won’t want to miss.

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Standing Challenge, Take 2: Compare Standing With Seated Efforts

Two months ago, I wrote a post about the wisdom (or lack of it) of standing for very long periods out of the saddle. I challenged anyone in the indoor cycling world to perform my standing climb challenge. I still think it’s worth trying, but I recognize it’s not a very effective workout, so I have a much more attainable challenge; one which will also be eye-opening as you compare power, heart rate, and cadence with standing versus seated efforts. Will you do this challenge?

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: In Honor of a Musical Icon, Robert Miles

The musical world as well as the Spinning® community has lost an icon. Robert Miles has died, at only 47 years old. His songs, especially the timeless classic “Children,” have graced many a Spinning class around the world for the past two decades. Here are three of his songs to add to your repertoire if you haven’t already.

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Putting High-Intensity Interval Training in Perspective

This article from our archives points out some of the misuse of high-intensity training in the indoor cycling world (and the fitness world in general) and gives some advice to keep the plethora of information being blasted to the masses in perspective. Remember: Real Training. Real Cycling. Real Results. All beautifully packaged in a fun wrapper.

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The New Instructor: 10 Tips for Mastering the Class Intro, Part 1

New instructors are faced with a dilemma: you cue the music to begin teaching your first indoor cycling class and realize there is so much information to cover within the first few minutes of class. Will you remember it all? Will you explain everything correctly? Will someone remove the butterflies from your stomach? Welcome to part 1 of a 3-part series to master your class intro.

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How Long Should You Stand Out of the Saddle?

Have you ever heard of a class conducted entirely out of the saddle? Would you ever consider it, or take part if you were a student in that class? Here is a synopsis of a discussion that happened in an online forum on the subject, with my input, plus an excellent article on the science of standing versus seated riding. I hereby challenge all instructors to take part in the STANDING CLIMB CHALLENGE so we can gather data as well as personal anecdotes.

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Indoor Cycling is Alive and Well! A Review of IHRSA

Here are my photos and description of my experience at the IRHSA trade show last week in Los Angeles. I can tell you that I’m really excited for the indoor cycling industry—it is alive and well! A rising tide lifts all boats and I think this tide is continuing to rise!

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