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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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Training Versus Exercise…Your Thoughts?

We all know a structured training program is far more successful at meeting goals (any goal) than haphazard exercise. What can we do to convince our customers? How can we package it to reach more people? Will you help us brainstorm and come up with ideas? I’ve got a few, but I’m seeking your help!

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The Sensitivity Around a Christmas-Themed Class

As we approach Christmas and the holiday season, it’s fun to start creating our Christmas-themed classes. But, there are some things to be sensitive about that instructors should consider as part of their planning.

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Promote Your Cycling Classes on Social Media Using These Free Tools

Face it, we all want more people in our classes. More and more studios incentivize instructors by paying a per-rider fee, so it’s a good idea to learn how to promote your own classes. I’m learning myself and want to take you on my journey of becoming a social media expert. Here are some tips and tools to get your started, and some of the Instagram posts I’ve created recently since I’ve started teaching at a brand-new studio.

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Calorie Confusion: How Many Calories Are You Really Burning?

One of the most common questions we hear from instructors and participants alike is “How many calories did I burn in my cycling class?” In this article, we discuss the different ways calories are burned, some of the myths around measuring calorie burn, and the best ways to estimate caloric expenditure from your cycling session.

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Why Do They Come to Class if They Don’t Want to Work?

Do instructors need to chill? Izabela asks that question after recognizing that some of her riders have very different reasons for coming to her class, ones that she personally may never have considered. At first, acknowledging this went against her instincts as an instructor, but it made her wonder if she had it all wrong. This realization made her much more empathetic to her riders.

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