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Directing Class Energy is Like Directing a Stage Play

You’ve had classes with great energy. And you’ve also had classes without it. What’s the difference? Studying how energy is conveyed during a stage production gives us some answers on how to direct energy in our classes.

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The Benefits of Cycling for Runners

I have been a runner for most of my adult life. I ran my first marathon in 1995 and have run numerous other marathons, half marathons, and 5Ks since. In that time, like most runners, I have sought out tools to improve my health and performance in the sport. What I have learned is that cycling is a fantastic cross-training option for runners. Whether you run or you have runners in your classes, knowing how indoor cycling can positively influence a running program will help you to design the right balance between the ride and the run.

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Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 2: Stop Trying to be Perfect. Be Yourself but Bigger.

Are you the shy instructor? You can feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert. Shy instructors can be terrific by simply unlearning a few misconceptions about performing in public. If this is you, it’s time to up your game by stopping the behaviors or beliefs that may be limiting your performance. In part 1 of this series, you learned to rechannel your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift.” In part 2, you will learn to stop doubting yourself.

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Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 1: Make Your Anxiety Work For You, Not Against You

Are you the shy instructor? It is possible to feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert. You don’t have to be an extrovert, a performer, to get up in front of a class. In part 1 of this series, you will learn to stop trying to calm your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift” you were not granted.

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Why Cueing “Base Plus” is Completely Off Base

The term “base plus” along with an absolute number of watts, turns, or gears is often confusing and may be unsafe for riders. Bill explains why you should avoid using it and offers suggestions for its replacement.

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Make Your Class More Than a Ride. Make It a Customer Experience.

Are you providing your students with a true “customer experience”? Or just a workout? You can learn from business how to reach your students at different times and in different ways to help you inspire them.

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Help New Students Feel Welcome in Your Class, Part 3: During and After Class

Are you ready to be the instructor who changes the lives of your new students? Here are the practical steps you can take to help new students during, and after your very next class.

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Help New Students Feel Welcome in Your Class, Pt 2: Before Class

New students represent a challenge for you. And a big opportunity. Are you ready to be the instructor who changes the lives of your new students? Here are the practical steps you can take to help new students before class even begins.

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Help New Students Feel Welcome in Your Class, Part 1: Changing Lives

New students this January represent a challenge for you. And a big opportunity. Are you ready to be the instructor who changes the lives of your new students? Here are the things you need to think about.

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How to Get Riders to Follow Your Instructions with the 3-2-1 Approach

One of the many benefits to teaching indoor cycling is that it designed to be a multi-level class requiring little coordination and choreography. While we’re not looking for military precision in unified movement and intensity, there are often unspoken expectations that the instructor has for the riders. When a rider, or the entire group of riders, strays too far, it can become distracting. In this article, Cori Parks suggests a simple approach to classroom management.

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