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How to Incorporate Longer Intervals, Part 5: 9 Tips to Make Long Intervals More Interesting

By now, I am hoping you recognize the physical and mental benefit of incorporating longer intervals into your repertoire of classes, whether you plan on doing FTP testing or not. The question remains, how do I keep my riders interested? Won’t they be bored? What if I get bored? Here are 9 tips (linking to numerous drills and over a hundred cues) to make your long intervals more interesting so you can keep your riders engaged and happy.

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Three Advanced Cueing Methods to Help Participants Dial Up Success

Cycling instructors face an interesting challenge. We have the task of putting together safe, effective, and fun workouts, while choosing music that will motivate and move the soul. Beyond that we must also clearly, concisely, and repeatedly convey meaning, feeling, and intention to a room full of very different people with diverse learning styles and potentially dissimilar fitness levels. This article addresses your road map to success by describing three specific methods of communication to convey the desired level of effort and intensity required by participants within each and every class you teach.

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When You Oversleep…and Internal Alarms Go Off

You’ve heard the saying “by failing to prepare, you prepare to fail,” right? Every second counts when you teach early-morning classes—what do you do when alarm clocks fail? Whether you rise before the sun or teach as it sets, this post by dawn-patrol coach Jackie Maniscalco can help ensure you’re prepared for success!

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Join Jennifer Sage in DC for a Workshop on Successful Theme Rides!

Come join me at OffRoad DC cycling studio in Washington DC on Friday, April 6th, for a workshop from 6–8 pm on how to make your theme rides more successful and fun. You’ll leave with loads of exciting new tips for creating theme rides that your riders will be clamoring to get into! You can also take on the challenge of the Quest for Knighthood on Sunday.

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24-Hour Indoor Cycling Marathon in Denmark….Here I Come!!

It’s getting close enough that I can taste it! I leave in less than 2 weeks to go to Denmark for the 24-Hour Indoor Cycling Marathon where I will be a part of the presenter team for this amazing event! I’m happy to say my session is not in the middle of the night…but at […]

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Theme Ride Thursday: Ring in the New Year with our New Year’s Playlists

The countdown to the New Year is on! And while most of you are knee-deep in holiday shopping, here at ICA we’ve been digging through songs that fit our New Year’s playlist themes. So, whether you’re celebrating another amazing year, or you’re ready to leave this one behind, we’ve got you covered with a selection of three different New Year’s playlists.

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OK, Discuss: Stretching in Class

Some people have asked about the importance of stretching, and when it is most effective, during an indoor cycling class. We thought this was a great topic to open up to our member community. I personally have found the response to depend on the instructor’s style, and the length and type of class.

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Announcing ICA Group Memberships!

ICA is excited to announce our new Group Membership Plans—three levels of membership based on the size of your group, offering terrific savings on an ICA membership. The result is clubs, programs and facilities with more instructors with a higher level of education on how to teach proven safe and effective classes, able to inspire their students with newfound coaching skills, and raising the bar for the entire program! Your instructors will be more inspiring and are less likely to contradict each other with misinformation and unproven or ineffective techniques.

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Tom Scotto and Jennifer Sage Talk About Her Trip to the Tour de France

Tom was finally able to sit down and talk with Jennifer about her trip to the Tour de France. Listen as she describes how she got started as a Tour de France fanatic and how many times she’s been to the Tour. Tom asks her how indoor cycling has helped her (and her clients) prepare […]

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