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Putting High-Intensity Interval Training in Perspective

This article from our archives points out some of the misuse of high-intensity training in the indoor cycling world (and the fitness world in general) and gives some advice to keep the plethora of information being blasted to the masses in perspective. Remember: Real Training. Real Cycling. Real Results. All beautifully packaged in a fun wrapper.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Hello, Adele

Who doesn’t like a good remix? This one is perfect for threshold testing.

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I’m Not a Cyclist…So Why Do I Do I Need to Know My FTP?

Whether you currently teach with power or not, chances are you’ve heard of FTP. Maybe you even know it’s important information for the more serious outdoor riders in class…but should your everyday, non-cyclist students bother with it? After all, they aren’t coming to improve outdoor cycling performance, they just want to lose weight and get fit! Read on to explore what knowing FTP can do for the non-cyclists!

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Cueing: To Associate or Dissociate?

Dr. Perlus explains when associative versus dissociative cueing is more appropriate to help guide your students to either focus on what they are doing and feeling, or to take their minds away from it. There is a time and a place for both methods, based on many years of research.

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Friday Favorites: Six Minutes of Instructor Silence

This song is beautiful and powerful. Let it be heard. Can you be quiet for 6 minutes? I dare you to try!

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Lush Ambient Track for Endurance and Recovery

Sexy, velvety track from the early 2000s.

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The New Instructor: 10 Tips for Mastering the Class Intro, Part 1

New instructors are faced with a dilemma: you cue the music to begin teaching your first indoor cycling class and realize there is so much information to cover within the first few minutes of class. Will you remember it all? Will you explain everything correctly? Will someone remove the butterflies from your stomach? Welcome to part 1 of a 3-part series to master your class intro.

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Mainstream Music Monday: It’s All About a Good Ride!

This week’s suggestion is all about a good ride. It’s OK to take a breath or a break if you need it, but we are here to work!

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The Paris–Roubaix, the “Hell of the North”

You are going to LOVE this profile—and we’ve updated it for 2017 with some famous quotes about the race, some additional cueing, and another playlist option. Matt Scheffer, a fanatic about the Spring Classics bicycle races and an exceptional indoor cycling instructor, created this emotional, challenging, and very fun profile to offer your students, even those who might never have heard of the Paris–Roubaix. This race is so full of history and drama, you can’t help but have a great time as you visualize the pavé (the rugged cobbled sections of the brutal 160-mile race).

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Building Community in Your Indoor Cycling Class

Community in an indoor cycling class isn’t something that just happens automatically with a mix of time, music, and work. A class that is based on community needs conscious nurturing and leadership from the instructor. The ability of the instructor to build and maintain community makes the difference between the mediocre class experience and the one that is memorable. Here are some thoughts about the importance of community in your class as well as a list of specific ideas you can use to help create community.

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