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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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An Incredible Way to Learn About the Effects of Your Profiles and Coaching

When you learn how to read and interpret a workout file it is an amazing tool to aid in putting together profiles. You will better understand the possible impact your choices (cadence, resistance, power, etc.) will have on your riders. By looking at a file from a less fit rider who suffered in the class or was unable to do the prescribed workout, you will understand why some might struggle with your coaching. Or, maybe you might discover that some things you are doing might not be as effective as you thought.

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I Have an Idea to Boost Your Class Size and Retain Riders!

Is there a program you can implement that will show your new riders how incredibly fun your cycling program can be, one that will make them eager to come back? How about a way to lure cyclists to stick around, and maybe even return in July? Hear me out here…I’ve got a great idea that might just solve both these problems!

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Worried About the Poor Level of Instruction at a Club You Visit? You CAN Make a Difference!

With the increase in “non-traditional” indoor cycling classes rife with contraindications, and the increase in instructors learning new “moves” from YouTube, so many classes these days are filled with safety concerns. Many instructors who attend one of these classes are either too uncomfortable to approach the instructor or feel that if they contact the facility, no one will care. We’d like to share with you an example of an instructor who did step up and was able to make some positive changes at one club.

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My Cycling Class Today: When Riders Ask Questions After Class

Bill had two new riders in his class recently. They had taken many other classes, just not his. After class, they asked him some excellent questions, which reminded him of the importance of being equipped with excellent answers before you are asked. Their questions—and his answers—will open your eyes.

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