I have just started teaching spinning classes and am wondering if you could help explain what is meant by “attack” and “surge” and are they different. I believe “attack” would be used when we increase resistance and/or pick up speed to overcome a difficult part of the ride, but am not sure about “surge.”
This is a great question, Laura. Many new instructors are confused by these terms, so thank you for the opportunity to clarify them.
In short, it’s a matter of intensity—all attacks are surges, but not all surges are attacks!
Let’s start with a surge.