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The Wisdom of Dr. Seuss for the Indoor Cycling Instructor

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So…get on your way!” Here are 18 famous inspirational Dr. Seuss quotes to apply to what we do in our indoor cycling classes. Feel free to share this article with your club or studio!

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Growing As An Instructor By Attending And Evaluating Other Classes

One of the best ways to grow as an instructor is to attend other instructors’ classes. You can assess what you like and what you don’t like, you can look for similarities with your style, and you can seek out coaching styles that you would like to adopt. And if you suspect you may have a bad habit, you can ask yourself poignant questions like, “Is that what I sound like when I yell ‘Go!’ all the time?” Here are 30 things to evaluate when you take another class.

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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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Learn About Lactate Threshold from I Love Lucy

The I Love Lucy show can help you explain lactate threshold to your students. Use this analogy of the chocolate factory and help your riders laugh their way to understanding.

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Take Your Class on a Journey

The concept elevates the ride above a normal workout by turning it into an adventure. The concept of a journey ride elevates a cycling class above a normal workout by turning it into an adventure.

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This Moon Appearance Has Been 150 Years in the Making—Seems Like a Great Theme Ride!

The next supermoon is on April 7. We think you should throw these songs into your playlist.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Soothing and Hypnotic

During these challenging times of isolation during the coronavirus crisis, I want to share with you one of my most treasured songs I’ve used in my classes over the past 15 years. It’s soothing and inspiring, meditative yet rhythmic. While it’s best used for a climb at 140 bpm, just close your eyes, ride from the heart, and let your cadence fall wherever it may.

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Important Steps Studios, Instructors, and Riders Can Take to Mitigate Coronavirus Infection Risk

Now is not the time to panic, but it is a good time to remind your riders of practices that should be routine to help maintain a healthy environment for yourself and others in the cycling studio and the gym in general. While coronavirus is rightly the global focus right now, here are some guidelines to help minimize risk of infection and transmission of any virus.

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If They’re Bored, You’re Boring

For so many years I’ve heard cycling instructors lament that “Students get bored if the class is cycling specific, so I need to [add silly move here] or they won’t come to class!” Well, I have news for you…maybe it’s not the moves or technique that are boring; maybe it’s you! Here are 13 ways you can be sure to keep students engaged while riding and committed to your classes without resorting to silly gimmicks on the bike.

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Give Your Class the Direction They Need

The purpose of each workout should be clear to both the instructor and the riders at the beginning of class. This is key to managing effort levels and expectations of participants, and leads to greater success.

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