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Valid Outdoor Training Techniques That are Not Recommended for Indoor Classes

You hear people like Tom Scotto and me, as well as many indoor cycling programs and their Master Instructors preaching the benefits of “keeping it real” and sticking to authentic cycling techniques when training your students in your classes. This is absolutely true; it is your obligation as the leader of the class to provide a safe and effective class for everyone in your classroom. But is every cycling technique warranted indoors? Tom and I decided it would be a good idea to discuss certain techniques that might be very valid training technique for cyclists but that are not recommended in the cycling studio, especially on bikes that don’t move. We give you the reasons they are valid outdoors, and the reasons they are contraindicated indoors.


Riding Outdoors 101: Gearing Up

One of the beauties of indoor cycling is that it inspires many instructors to become cyclists, and some instructors even inspire their students to ride outside (one of my favorite things). But sometimes the world of cycling can be a little intimidating. At ICA, we want to help you discover the world of outdoor riding and help you answer your students’ questions about outdoor riding as well as indoor!


Audio Master Class: The Roller Coaster Ride

This mountain bike profile has proven to be one of the most exhilarating rides I think I’ve ever done! Hidden beneath the twisty-turny-uppy-downy terrain are unstructured intervals. This is the kind of “real” ride that your interval training prepares you for. So get ready to show your students what solid interval training can do for them!


10 Reasons That Cycling Outdoors Will Help Your Cycling and Coaching Indoors

While we are always stressing the importance of bringing the outdoors indoors, it’s also important to take the indoors outdoors.


Indoor Cycling, Meet Base Training!

Yeah, it is that time of year again. Indoor cycling instructors around the world are trying to figure out how to tell their riders that it is time for “base” training.


Mind over Misery – when was the last time you allowed yourself to “suffer”?

This is a reflection on a very challenging ride I did two weeks ago, and a challenge to you as an instructor: go out and do something you didn’t think you could do, something that makes you dig in deep to overcome the difficulty! Then take what you learned and teach it to your students. In this article, I give you some tips on how to do that.


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