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The Benefits of Cycling for Runners

I have been a runner for most of my adult life. I ran my first marathon in 1995 and have run numerous other marathons, half marathons, and 5Ks since. In that time, like most runners, I have sought out tools to improve my health and performance in the sport. What I have learned is that cycling is a fantastic cross-training option for runners. Whether you run or you have runners in your classes, knowing how indoor cycling can positively influence a running program will help you to design the right balance between the ride and the run.

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Mainstream Music Mondays: Latch On to the Beat

Latch on to the beat and don’t let go!

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Friday Favorites: This Song Will Have You Seeing Red

One of the song requests I get the most from instructors is fast flat songs that are rock or pop.
Well, I’ve got just the thing, and this one has some attitude!

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Hey Mama: Songs for Your Mother’s Day Playlist

On Mother’s Day, celebrate all women who have played important roles in our lives with songs from this playlist.

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Profile: Rock ‘n’ Roller Tempo Climbs

Rock ’n’ Roller Tempo Climbs is an interval workout consisting of short efforts with progressively higher cadences. Cyclists would call this a hill repeat workout at a tempo pace. We give you the science behind the benefits of tempo climbing and provide the cues (including some humorous ones) so you can easily describe this to your riders. The benefits will have them chomping at the bit to do more of these types of profiles more often!

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Beats, Rhythms, Numbers, and Feeling

Thought-provoking track inspired by an ICA Facebook survey regarding using specific bpm/rpm or just going by feel. This song’s rhythmic imperfections give us some food for thought about how we interpret and use rhythms, measures (bpm/rpm), and feeling.

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Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 2: Stop Trying to be Perfect. Be Yourself but Bigger.

Are you the shy instructor? You can feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert. Shy instructors can be terrific by simply unlearning a few misconceptions about performing in public. If this is you, it’s time to up your game by stopping the behaviors or beliefs that may be limiting your performance. In part 1 of this series, you learned to rechannel your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift.” In part 2, you will learn to stop doubting yourself.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Surge Away!

The ebb and flow of the energy in this popular track is extra-special for indoor cycling. It doesn’t follow any kind of regular verse/chorus sequence and the beat changes from 137 to 90 bpm halfway through. That makes it somewhat challenging, but also creates a special kind of “road” for your profile. Let me show you how to use it.

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Analyze These Two Interval Profiles

Here are the power files from two different riders in an interval class. Can you tell me what the purpose of the class is by looking at the cadence, power, and heart rate? One file is how the effort should look; the other is someone who struggled a bit. Can you guess why? How might this impact your teaching?

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Step Outside Your Musical Box: Motion Picture Soundtracks

In this month’s Step Outside Your Musical Box series, we showcase the soundtracks of our lives.

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