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.
Now is not the time to panic, but it is a good time to remind your riders of practices that should be routine to help maintain a healthy environment for yourself and others in the cycling studio and the gym in general. While coronavirus is rightly the global focus right now, here are some guidelines to help minimize risk of infection and transmission of any virus.
As we begin to understand how posture and mechanics have on overall health and injury prevention, body alignment is becoming a more discussed topic in fitness. There are several different approaches to alignment so let’s begin by defining what proper alignment looks like. Later, we will explore deviations and ultimately expand on some things you, as the instructor, can do to help your riders.
I received this question: “One of my riders asked me if indoor cycling is weight bearing enough to be beneficial for someone dealing with osteopenia. Any thoughts or insights or studies that I could pass along?” For the answer, I went to someone with far more knowledge than me. This is an important issue for all of us and our students, so make sure you are informed.
An estimated 10 million people currently live with Parkinson’s Disease. The Cue My Ride iphone app guides an indoor cycling ride that’s tailored to help Parkinson’s symptoms and uses the Apple Watch to monitor those symptoms before and after the ride. It not only encourages exercise that can help reduce Parkinson’s symptoms, but also provides a tool to measure how the symptoms change as a result of the exercise.
The effects of stress do not simply impact one’s mental health. It is well documented that stress also has an influence on physical well-being. Considering the causes of adrenal fatigue syndrome it is easy to imagine how busy indoor cycling instructors could be at risk for developing this condition.
I have been a runner for most of my adult life. I ran my first marathon in 1995 and have run numerous other marathons, half marathons, and 5Ks since. In that time, like most runners, I have sought out tools to improve my health and performance in the sport. What I have learned is that cycling is a fantastic cross-training option for runners. Whether you run or you have runners in your classes, knowing how indoor cycling can positively influence a running program will help you to design the right balance between the ride and the run.
Our knees are particularly vulnerable to injury when we don’t use some common sense in our indoor classes. Fortunately, most cycling injuries are preventable. Dr Peter Donaldson, of Michigan Orthopedic Institute in Southeast Michigan, helps us understand how to protect your knees from pain and injury.