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Teaching Off the Bike, Part 3

Part 3 of this series on effective coaching off the bike gives you the remainder of the 12 ways to make sure that you enjoy the process so that you can empower your students.

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Teaching Off the Bike, Part 2

We have 12 ways to make sure that you enjoy the process of teaching off the bike and engage your riders so well that they hang on every word (or moments of silence). These tips are for when you have to be off the bike for an entire class, whether it be due to injury, giving up your bike for a member, teaching a large number of classes during the week, or any other reason. The first 6 are here in part 2 of this series, and the remainder in part 3.

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Why Would (or Should) You Teach an Entire Class Off the Bike?, Part 1

This highly educational series on teaching off the bike first appeared in 2011. It’s a very popular topic, so we are bringing this new and improved version back to the forefront. Part 1 discusses why teaching the entire class off the bike can be effective. Part 2 will provide 11 specific tips and tricks for doing so. Parts 3 and 4 will give advice on getting off the bike occasionally in the most effective manner to provide motivation and correction. This series, worthy of CECs, will help launch your coaching to the next level.

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Terms of Engagement: Rider Rights & Responsibilities in Class

One of the common problems we hear from indoor cycling instructors is that they are unsure how to act as “the police” in their classroom. As instructors, we want to present a friendly and engaging personality. How do we reconcile that with the need to enforce club rules?

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 5

After you have designed your plan, promoted your idea, and have a group of riders ready to go, it is time to literally take your outdoor program outdoors. Here are some tips and ideas that will make your time on the road a success.

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New Rider Jump Start—The Time is Now!

Before you know it, people will be returning to our indoor classes; amongst the influx are the new riders. These new riders may be absolute beginners or just folks who have not experienced the fun and fitness of indoor cycling. Either way, we need to prepare for their arrival. To help you, some of our top instructors will provide suggestions and tips to get your club or studio management on board, create an exciting program, and incorporate new and beginner riders in your classes.

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 4

Now that you have completed the tasks discussed in the previous articles, it is time to implement your program. Here is a list of points for you to consider based on the groups I worked with, which are primarily composed of novice riders.

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 3

Once you have done the behind-the-scenes homework, it is time to develop and promote your program.

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 2

If you read the first article in this series and are excited about starting an outdoor program for your indoor students, I have one important piece of advice: “Wait, proceed with caution.” There are some important issues which you should address before you begin to discuss your plans with others.

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An Indoor Cycling Program for Teens

I asked Angela Amedio of Saratoga Cycling Studio to share with ICA how she created a successful program for local teens at her studio in Saratoga Springs, New York. You are sure to get some ideas for your program!

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