Christine’s article on determining a student’s learning style got me thinking of my own way of assimilating information when I’m learning or enhancing a skill. As I read her article, I saw myself in the “frustrated” students she described. I am a very strong kinesthetic learner, but fortunately, I also am also a visual learner. Coaches who are skilled at delivering bodily cues are less common, so I tend to pass the visual information I receive through my own kinesthetic filter. Are you like this? Might some of your students do this? I use my education as a ski instructor as an example in how I did this, and provide you with things to consider when trying to reach your predominantly kinesthetic learners.
Welcome to the Magic Coaching Minute, a new segment on ICA. We will bring you a coaching suggestion via video once or twice a month. The first Magic Coaching Minute is with Gene Nacey of Cycling Fusion, filmed and produced at the Cycling Fusion Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. In this video, we analyze a rider’s poor technique as demonstrated by Gene, and try to assess the best way to correct his form. The issue is a very jerky pedal stroke while climbing out of the saddle. The rider often looks like he’s on a pogo stick. How do you fix it?
This is the final installment on the series by Bryon Black on Top Ten Tricks for Nailing Your Next Audition. This tip deserved its own article because of its impact. Get this one right and not only will you probably knock the socks off those in your audition, but it will establish your foundation as you progress as an indoor cycling coach. Incorporating this suggestion may change you; it will permeate how you create your profiles, how you coach your students, how you help them progress in their fitness, and how you grow as a person.
As an indoor cycling instructor, I believe your job is to lead your students to greater fitness, provide motivation and inspiration, educate them, and have fun in the process. In fulfilling these obligations, you want to have a mix of the elements listed in this article in your quiver of classes. These aren’t energy zones or specific types of profiles, rather they could be what is stated as an objective (or sub-objective) for your profile.
After three weeks being out of commission, I’m slowly getting back to teaching my Tues/Thur 6am class, the end of a 12-week periodized program. Since the information and coaching is very specific and is based on what was done in the previous weeks, I had no one who I could trust to sub for me. (Yup, really!) But I do have very understanding and wonderful students who cared more about my recovery than their class! So today was my second day back, teaching off the bike. My husband remarked these past two classes were the best he’s ever seen me teach, because I was focusing so much on my students. Here’s what I said and did, plus my latest field-test playlist, which I loved!
I’ve taught many field tests over the past six years and have assembled what I believe are some excellent coaching tips to inspire my riders to give it their all without overdoing it. Coaching field tests well requires a good understanding of what lactate threshold effort should feel like and how to inspire your riders mentally to hold to that level of intensity for 20 minutes. Here are some coaching tips for before, during, and after your field test.
As promised, following the interviews with Tom Scotto and Dr. Haley Perlus on the physical and metal aspects of pushing into the realm of discomfort, here are some of Tom’s and my favorite cues for hard to very hard efforts that include an element of suffering. There is a disclaimer of course: you must have a good relationship with your students and these are not appropriate for everyone. But you can also modify them based on where you are with your coaching and where your students are with their fitness.
Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Haley Perlus, mental training expert, on the mental tools you can use to motivate your students (and yourself) to go beyond self-imposed limitations and the lines of “suffering” that we dare not cross or have a very hard time crossing.