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How to Protect Your Knees in Indoor Cycling Class

Our knees are particularly vulnerable to injury when we don’t use some common sense in our indoor classes. Fortunately, most cycling injuries are preventable. Dr Peter Donaldson, of Michigan Orthopedic Institute in Southeast Michigan, helps us understand how to protect your knees from pain and injury.

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Respect the Bike: Create Safe and Scientifically Sound Cycling Classes

The ignorance of exercise science in the cycling studio has to stop!

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Ask the Expert: What If an Instructor Won’t Allow Air-Conditioning in a Spinning Class?

As temperatures rise, the topic of AC and fans in the studio heats up too. Learn the guidelines for temperature and ventilation in an indoor cycling room, the physiology of how the body regulates temperature, and the potential dangers of excessive heat.

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Overcoming Objections in Cycling Class, Part 1: Contraindications, Attire, and Fans

Overcoming objections in cycling class is something we deal with frequently. Knowing how to deal with them will ensure a safe, comfortable class for all. Today’s topics include contraindications, attire, and the use of fans.

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Prenatal Exercise and Cycling

Supporting your cycling clients during prenatal exercise requires a fundamental understanding of their physiologic changes & contraindications to exercise.

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Ask the Expert: How Do You Address a Rider Who Starts Doing Push-ups?

Suppose one of your riders began doing push-ups or picked up some weights in your class; what would you do? ICA member Melody asked this question in our Facebook group and several of us responded with advice. Next week I will give you some specific ways to address riders face-to-face.

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The High-Cadence Disaster

Cadence is a sensitive topic in the world of indoor cycling instructors and indoor cycling programs. Friendships can begin and end in a conversation about it.

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Why You Shouldn’t Do an Upper-Body Workout While Pedaling in Your Indoor Cycling Class

Suppose you hired a personal trainer. At your first session, your trainer, Jack, hands you 1 lb weights. You look at him doubtfully, but he smiles and says, “Trust me!” So you do dozens of biceps curls and shoulder presses and a few other exercises until your shoulder muscles are burning so much you can […]

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Do You Stretch On The Bike in Your Cycling Or Spinning Classes?

I posted this on the ICA Facebook page the other day, as well as in one of the indoor cycling forums on Facebook, and it caused a firestorm. I’d love your thoughts on the subject of stretching on the bike in your indoor cycling or Spinning class.

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Not All Intervals Are Created Equal! Why You Need to Learn More About Cycling Intervals

How much do you *really* know about interval training? Do you realize that the intensity, duration, and recovery amounts should change depending on your goal and the benefit you want to achieve? Take this quiz to see how much you really know about interval training.

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