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Grand Rapids Indoor Cycling Studio Rides Real and Gets to Talk About it On TV!

Meet Kari Stuart, co-owner of Symmetry Training and Fitness. Kari had an opportunity to be featured on her local news station to highlight how indoor cycling can be used as great cross-training for runners. She also made it a point to emphasize fun, safe, and effective cycling with no dancing or weights!

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Here’s How It’s Done: Example of a Great Indoor Cycling Class

Over on the Sage Advice blog, I occasionally post YouTube videos of crazy classes and critique them. It’s important for instructors and students to know what is dangerous and ineffective while riding an indoor bike, and more importantly, WHY it is so. However, it’s also important to see great classes in action. So with that in mind, we are going to start posting videos of great classes. Watch this great video of the club that was voted Best Spinning Class by Competitor Magazine Mid-Atlantic Region.

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Charleston Studio Finds That Key to Success is Empowered Instructors

Charleston RIDE, a licensed SpinningĀ® facility in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, turns two years old this week! To celebrate the anniversary of this amazing facility, I spoke with co-owners Luciana Marcial-Vincion and Rebecca Young about what they feel are the keys to their success. I urge all instructors, studio owners and program directors to listen to this interview and watch the videos for ideas on how to raise the bar at your facility!

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Studio Highlight: Break Away Cycle and the Performance IQ System

I visited BreakAway Cycle and Strength in Longmont, Colorado, to meet ICA member Allison Zemanek and to experience the Performance IQ system for projecting heart rate and power data on to a screen at the front of the studio. When you read this article, be prepared to learn how to truly motivate your class beyond anything you’ve ever experienced!

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Positive Motivation Works Better Than Yelling

Research suggests positive language gets more physical response than yelling. Bill examines a recently released study and applies the findings to successful indoor cycling instructors and their impact on motivating their students.

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Twenty Source Ideas for Your Newsletters or Blogs

It’s Back to Class time, and there is no better time to create a newsletter or blog for communicating with your students! Last week we gave you tips on constructing your newsletter; today Bill and Jennifer give you their best sources for quality information. Even if you do not write a newsletter or blog, these […]

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Considering a newsletter? What will you say?

We’ve discussed how to communicate to your students via a newsletter and how to manage distribution of the newsletter. Now, in Part 3 on communicating via a newsletter, Bill Roach gives tips on actually writing the content. You’ll tell participants about your schedule, class plans, and substitutes, but where do you get informative content to […]

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In-Class Communication: Students Notice What You Do

Here is a little test to determine how effective your communication skills are with your students. Bill gives you a checklist for before, during, and after class, because students notice everything you do. Everything. Improve a few of these skills and you’ll probably find your students will like you better and talk about you even […]

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When There is No Music

As a follow-up to my previous post about teaching a class with no music, I offer you two stories from instructors who had to teach with no music, and the learning opportunity–and even joy–they experienced as a result. Do we place too much importance on our music? Read this and ponder that question again.As a […]

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No music? What do I do now?

This morning the stereo decided not to work in class and I was forced to think quickly on my feet. What would you do in this situation? If you plan on teaching for a while, you will most likely have to teach a class without music at some point in your career. But never fear, […]

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