Last week I interviewed Tom Scotto about how an instructor should verbalize really hard efforts to students. This time I interviewed Dr. Haley Perlus, sports psychologist, an expert on motivation of the mental side of challenge. Dr. Perlus discusses when it is and isn’t appropriate to push through pain. Then she gives us 5 important tips on how to motivate our own students in our classes through the most challenging types of rides. Part 1 of this interview is FREE and includes 2 of the 5 motivational methods.
In cycling we are surrounded by images of riders suffering as they go beyond their limits on steep mountain grades, vicious attacks, grueling time trials and hair raising sprints. The cycling and training world is filled with terms such as “the pain cave,” “hurt box,” and the “sufferfest.” Is there a place for these terms in our indoor cycling classes? Tom and I discuss the if, when, why, and how of cueing discomfort.
Tom Scotto and I often discuss how we can help instructors see the purpose of utilizing proper cycling training methods indoors even when their students are not cyclists. Many instructors say, “My students don’t care! They just want to have fun!” It’s a challenging question, and one that we here
Part 2. Tom Scotto and I continue our discussion on the two approaches to teaching: the fitness model versus the athletic model. We give you some tools to guide you along the path to becoming a better coach as you think of your classes as part of a bigger-picture training
Do you talk non-stop when you are teaching your classes? Do you feel uncomfortable when you see your students looking up at you with big eyes, and imagine they are looking for direction? Becoming comfortable with silence is a huge step in becoming an enlightened coach, and to helping your
Part two of this endurance coaching series focuses on using your voice and on your cueing, dialogue, and music as tools to engage your students and help facilitate their connection to their bike and to their breath. These coaching tips are not just for coaching an “endurance” ride, but any