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Review of Three Cycling Classes During My Trip to New York

While in New York a few weeks ago for the ECA conference, I had the opportunity to attend three very different indoor cycling classes: Flywheel, the Pursuit at Equinox, and a Spinning session at the ECA conference. Here is my review of each one, and the movie genre they reminded me of.

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Make the Time to Exercise!

Encourage your students to add it to their daily to-do list!

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Indoor Cycling Safety—Please Share

Cori Parks pens an open letter to all indoor cycling studios asking them to put safety before popularity.

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Calories: What You Need to Know Now

With the New Year upon us, you will be getting a LOT of questions about calories burned in your cycling class. How much do you know about the calorie estimates you see on your heart rate monitor, computer console, or power meter? Are these estimates accurate? Here is everything you need to understand how the wrong information—or faulty understanding of the data—can lead you or your riders to believe they did more work than they actually did.

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Can Cycling Help Your Brain?

There’s even more great news about the benefits of exercise—this time it’s been discovered that it will help our brain health. But not just ANY ole’ exercise. To reap these benefits, you need to have developed powerful legs, and cycling is the perfect place to build that strength and power. But heed this warning…it probably won’t happen if you prefer non-traditional methods of indoor cycling. Even more reason to #keepitreal and #rideright!

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Inside to Outside—My Journey to Ironman

Pam Benchley is a master educator for Stages Indoor Cycling who recently completed her first Ironman. Her journey from “No Way” to “What if?” to “Holy Cow! Look what I did!” is so inspiring, it might even have you revisiting one of your own “what if” dreams.

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Do You REALLY Need Supplements…Or Do You Value Your Wallet?

I’m not a big fan of supplements. But I am a huge fan of evidenced-based medicine, nutrition, and (as you probably can guess if you know me at all!) fitness and cycling. So it probably doesn’t surprise you that I read quite a lot about nutrition. Basically, what I’ve been told by the experts (though […]

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The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Indoor Cycling

This article in Bicycling magazine discusses the other benefits of riding a bike—the mental and emotional ones. I’m hoping you will all read this article, then share the mental and emotional reasons why you are so passionate about indoor cycling. What has it helped you overcome? No need for specifics, but if getting on that bike that goes nowhere has helped you change your mindset for the better, please let us know about it! Have you made important decisions after an amazing ride? Have you felt at peace with a troubling event or decision you had to make? Have you resolved conflicts with family or friends? I certainly know I have. Leave your comments here so we all can celebrate.

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Why Do Some People Get Fitter Faster Than Others?

Have you ever known someone who was a “fast responder”—someone who got fit really fast? Then others who did not respond at all to the same training, even though they were consistent and committed? Science can now answer why that happens.

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Stretching…The Truth?

Last month (well, last year), I posted some questions about the benefit of stretching in our indoor cycling classes: should we stretch at the beginning of class, end of class, or at all? As is common in health and fitness, the act of researching proved more important than the answer.

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