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Performing Under (No!) Pressure

As instructors, we become accustomed to being the center of attention. Even if we’re never totally comfortable with it, it becomes routine. We implicitly agree when we take the mic that we will be evaluated by our participants. But what goes through your head (and your heart) when you’re REALLY being evaluated on your ability to lead? Are you open to constructive feedback?

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My Cycling Class Today: One Rider’s First Experience Riding with Power Completely Changed Her Perspective

When you teach riders who are new to power consoles about riding with metrics and power, it will surely benefit their fitness journey. But when they experience an educational moment firsthand, it is particularly powerful and will stay with them forever.

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Stop the Glorification of Workouts That Almost Kill People!

“I sure hope my cycling class today is EFFECTIVE!”…said no participant, ever. Time to ask yourself this question: how effective are your classes?

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BREAKING NEWS: Les Mills Announces Stages® Indoor Cycling as Global Bike Partner

Press release: World’s premier group exercise programming company teams up with leading indoor cycling company.

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Identity Crisis…Are You a True Fitness Professional?

Today’s landscape of fitness classes is a vast array of choices both for participants and instructors. When it comes to indoor cycling, in some situations you are bound by the style your facility expects, in other situations you are at a licensed facility required to teach specific formats by the book, and in others your imagination is the only limit. The goal of this article is to answer the question, regardless of the style, format, or intention of the class you teach…are you a true fitness professional?

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What is Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome?

The effects of stress do not simply impact one’s mental health. It is well documented that stress also has an influence on physical well-being. Considering the causes of adrenal fatigue syndrome it is easy to imagine how busy indoor cycling instructors could be at risk for developing this condition.

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Managers Wondered Why I Always Had a Full Cycle Class…and Others Didn’t

Last week one of the club managers came to take my class to do some reconnaissance in order to figure out my secret for filling my classes. Here are 15 things I do for every class that few of the other instructors do—these are likely the reasons why I have a waiting list and they don’t.

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What Does John Steinbeck Have to Do with Mindfulness in Indoor Cycling?

A “glory” is a concept described by John Steinbeck in his famous book East of Eden. I believe a glory can be found in any aspect of our life—including on an indoor bicycle. Can you find mindfulness in indoor cycling? Can you help your students find that magical place where the world drops away and only the glory remains?

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My Cycling Class Today: Finding Light from Your Blind Spot

One of my students told me he thought another rider’s seat was too low. He was right. As a bonus, the correct setup helped her increase her wattage. On one hand, I wondered how I missed this; on the other, I was so grateful he felt comfortable enough to tell me. Here are a few of my reflections on this incident.

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Powerful Words Create Performances in the Olympics…and in Your Cycling Class

What does the coxswain of the 2012 Olympic rowing team and indoor cycling instructors have in common? Powerful words!

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