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FTP Field Testing Music Tips and Suggestions

Without question, music is an essential component of what makes indoor cycling so successful and fun. FTP field tests have a unique requirement and require high-energy, rhythmic tempos that help you turn the pedals in the range of the mid-80s to mid-90s rpm. We’ve got two Spotify playlists with over 200 songs—one with electronic genres and the other with rock, alternative, indie, and hip-hop tracks. Plus, we provide three full Spotify playlists for your FTP tests. We’ve got you covered!

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Ask the Expert: To Jump or Not to Jump

Jumps can be controversial. They are a big part of the curriculum of some indoor cycling programs; others avoid them or list them as contraindicated. What’s my take? I say “it depends!” Let’s look at three ways jumps should NOT be taught and four different ways to teach them in the most effective manner, from most to least cycling specific.

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Baby Boomers, Six-Packs, and Indoor Cycling

Are we’re missing out on an opportunity to build our indoor cycling classes because we’ve missed the mark on what boomers want? Are we giving them what they want and need when they come to our classes? We’ve identified insights that can help keep your baby boomers engaged, happy, fit, and most importantly, coming to your classes!

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Turn Base Building on Its Head

Is base building all it’s cracked up to be? Is it something you should be focusing on in your indoor classes? If so, how? If not, what’s the alternative?

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The Difference between Exercise and Training Just Might Change Your Life

The difference between Exercise and Training is knowledge, structure, and intention. Could making the transition from one to the other be the start of a new and better you?

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Planning for a Successful Winter Training Program, Part 3

The final part in this series might appear optional, but these recommendations may be the very things that take your program to stardom. These recommendations will make your program attractive not only to prospective participants, but to your studio’s owner and club management as well.

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Planning for a Successful Winter Training Program, Part 2

If after reading part 1 you are excited about offering a winter training program at your club, let’s continue to the next series of tasks: choosing your audience, creating a training plan, and measuring and tracking results.

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Planning for a Successful Winter Training Program, Part 1

Just as there are multiple types of riders and numerous demographics in fitness, there is more than one way to present a winter training program. I’m going to share some tips that I believe make these programs attractive and valuable. In part 1 of this three-part series, we will describe what a winter training program can be and some reasons to consider it for your club.

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Aerobic Capacity, Part 2: Explaining and Obtaining the Pain

The questions in response to part 1 are fantastic. They highlight the importance of understanding concepts like aerobic capacity and the difficulty in training at that level. I hope you had the opportunity to try one of the workouts in part 1, preferably before you tortured your subjects. As I mentioned, providing the workout before the background knowledge often sets the stage for better learning. I’m assuming you were bombarded with multiple “whys.” Why is this so difficult? Why is this considered aerobic? Why is everything burning? Why can’t I sustain this? Why can’t I repeat this? Why did I listen to Tom, a known sadist?

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Aerobic Capacity, Part 1: Sustain the Pain

Two words no one likes to hear regardless of the venue: sustain and pain. Despite the look on your face right now, this is the best definition of an aerobic capacity effort, also referred to as riding at VO2 max. This level of intensity is not for the faint of heart…er…I mean it is not for everyone. Actually both. I just finished watching stage 18 of the Tour de France, which consistently provides a spectacular display of aerobic capacity entertainment. How do they do ride for prolonged times at that intensity? Genetic freakery aside, there are numerous training elements that combine to produce this extreme level of performance.

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