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Theme Ride Thursday: Friendship Day is July 30

Friendship Day is coming up on July 30. We’ve curated the perfect playlist to celebrate the occasion.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Rebuild, Relearn, Refocus

With riders returning to gyms and cycling classes after an extended absence, they will find it necessary to rebuild their endurance and aerobic levels, relearn proper form, and refocus on intrinsic motivation. Use this single to incorporate a longer interval into your profile as a way to dedicate ample time on technique drills such as pedal stroke while coaching riders on how to tap into their mental strength.

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Friday Favorites: A Vacation “Getaway” Song for Flat Road Work

The catchy beat will definitely catch your pedals!

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Relaxed Vibe for a Climb (or for Driving Your Car!)

Spinning® and cycling instructors around the world have found this to be perfect cycling music. I hope you have this one in your library—it’s a staple to be pulled out a few times a year. And if, like me, you haven’t used it in years, it’s time to resurrect it. You’ll get that nod of recognition and approval from your students for sure.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Easy Flat Road with Energy

Another great track from a popular, timeless group. This week’s suggestion is all about riding the energy and feeling an ease in your wheels!

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Quick Profile: A Light in a Dark Place, Your First Class After Lockdown

I put together this ride for instructors to use as a first class after studios and clubs open back up following the coronavirus lockdown. All of the songs are chosen to make you smile and to reflect; some are there to inspire you to push harder; some may even bring a tear to the eye. You are going to have a wide range of fitness levels when you first come back after many months off, so this profile provides ample modifications for the varying fitness levels in your class.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Two Ways to Burn the Fire Higher

Two versions of the same song have very different applications for climbs; use one with 8-count jumps and the other for a 3–2–1 profile. You will want to check both of these out, along with the lyrics that motivate riders to not stop, but to fan the fires and keep on going.

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How A Small Studio in Colorado Reopened During the Global Pandemic

Meet Jennifer Kaplan, owner of the PeloDog Indoor Cycling studio in Avon, Colorado. Like most studios around the world, she had to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. I interviewed Jen about the meticulous steps she has taken to reopen the studio to ensure the health and safety of her riders, her instructors, as well as herself and her family.

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Friday Favorites: Add a Bit of Adventure to Your Ride

With the wind at your back compelling you forward, the warm Colombian sun blazing down on your face, and the pedals responding instinctively to the rotational force of your feet…feel yourself transported to the magnificent hills high in the Andes Mountains as you race against Spanish explorers to be the first to find the lost city of gold.

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Jump In the Pool: A Summer Profile

Need a summer profile that leaves your riders ready to cool off? Look no further!

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