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Three Minutes to Make a First impression

Jackie Cohen Maniscalco had one of those 3-minute large group auditions we wrote about recently at a major chain club. In fact, Jackie’s request for help in the ICA Facebook group is what inspired me to write the article. Jackie had an interesting experience at her audition and agreed to share it with you all. You know, in case you might ever experience one like it where you actually get less than 3 minutes to show what you know!

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How Much Do You Know About Intervals?

The Indoor Cycling Association is embarking on an interval education series that will highlight the fact that not all intervals are created equal. Written by Jennifer Sage, founder of ICA, and Jennifer Klau, Ph.D., we will start the series with a primer on exercise physiology, and then dive into intervals of every stripe. But first…take this important, short quiz to test your knowledge of intervals.

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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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I’m Not a Cyclist…So Why Do I Do I Need to Know My FTP?

Whether you currently teach with power or not, chances are you’ve heard of FTP. Maybe you even know it’s important information for the more serious outdoor riders in class…but should your everyday, non-cyclist students bother with it? After all, they aren’t coming to improve outdoor cycling performance, they just want to lose weight and get fit! Read on to explore what knowing FTP can do for the non-cyclists!

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