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Developing Your Own Teaching Calendar Can Make Your Classes Better

Need some organizational help? Here is a simple model for organizing your class profiles. Advantages: You won’t have to start over each time you write a class. You will be able to create a flow of work from week to week. You will be certain to include holiday and other special event classes. You will even have a place to keep track of those little reminders from class to class. And you won’t have to spend time hunting through your computer for that class you misplaced. Bottom line: less stress.

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Developing Your Style as an Indoor Cycling Instructor, Part 2

Part 2 of this series outlines the six steps to help you as you pursue your journey to develop your style as an instructor. When you become an authentic and inspirational coach, your students will remember your words any time they encounter challenges in their lives, physical or mental. I guarantee that when you do, you will hear comments such as, “because of you, I didn’t give up!”

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Developing Your Style as an Indoor Cycling Coach, Part 1

Whether you are a recently certified new instructor or you have a few years under your belt, developing your style as a cycling coach is an important component of being your best. This two-part series will help you discover and develop your most authentic coaching style and to become the inspirational mentor you aspire to be.

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When Honesty is the Best Choice

A new instructor, Robert, commented on my article on being comfortable with silence that he admitted to his students he was doing something that was really hard for him. This got me thinking about other scenarios when it’s more helpful to just simply be up-front with your students about your own challenges and admit your humanness. Here are seven more examples, and I welcome your thoughts as well.

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The New Instructor: 10 Tips for Mastering the Class Intro, Part 2

Our next three tips to help you master the class intro: The Class Objective, Training Zones (RPE), and encouraging your riders to Work at Their Own Pace.

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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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The New Instructor: 10 Tips for Mastering the Class Intro, Part 1

New instructors are faced with a dilemma: you cue the music to begin teaching your first indoor cycling class and realize there is so much information to cover within the first few minutes of class. Will you remember it all? Will you explain everything correctly? Will someone remove the butterflies from your stomach? Welcome to part 1 of a 3-part series to master your class intro.

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Audition Tips: When You Only Have a Few Minutes

You’ve landed an audition for a great teaching gig, but they are only going to give you 3 minutes. What do you say? What do you do? When you have an audition this short, it’s important to optimize every second. Here is a sample 3-minute audition template (which you can extend to a longer audition), along with 8 other tips to help you land any teaching job you want!

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Ask the Expert: How Much Coaching in Class is Too Much?

Aisha asked me, how much cueing is too much? No one likes an instructor who talks non-stop, but we’ve also been in classes where not enough good cueing is given and the class seems to be at a loss on what to do or how hard to go. Here are 9 things to consider when doing a self-analysis on whether you are talking too much (or enough) in your classes.

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Just Got Certified, Now What? Part 2: Profile Design Tips

Part 1 of our new instructor series focused on providing numerous coaching tips to ease you into your first couple of classes. This article will focus on profile creation tips, one of the biggest hurdles for new instructors. We provide you with the four rules of profile design and include dozens of ideas for profile objectives.

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