How do you find the right music for different parts of your class so riders remain engaged, motivated, and enjoying every minute? Where do you find this magical music? How do you organize it? Don’t forget about that pesky sound system. This workshop will teach you how to approach designing each ride with confidence and enter the cycling room in command of every aspect of music. All that is left is pure fun.
Whether you are auditioning to get hired, teaching for the first time, picking up a new class, or substituting, this session is essential. Yes, you’ve studied your profiles and planned great music; you’re super excited to lead students through a tough yet fulfilling workout. But that excitement is often accompanied by nervous energy, fear, and even perhaps doubt. Will you remember your cueing? Will the participants like you? Will they ask you something you don’t know the answer to?
It’s official: Power meters for indoor cycling are here to stay! This introductory session will arm you with the basics necessary to get your riders excited about training with power. The Power Primer will provide you with the essential information you need to monitor your work on the bike and your body's response to that work in terms of power output. Discover our Top-10 Best Power Practices that guarantee you provide meaningful content for each and every ride without overwhelming you or your class.
Physiologists, endurance coaches, and athletes realized long ago that lactate threshold was a superior and more effective anchor on which to base training zones than maximum heart rate. It’s time to bring this knowledge to indoor cycling and move beyond the inaccurate and ineffective maximum heart rate charts!
Change is good! Unless of course you're an indoor cycling participant and the powers that be took away your favorite class or worse… your favorite bike! If you've been teaching or managing group exercise for even a short while you've probably discovered that indoor cyclists are extreme creatures of habit. So how do you go about making positive changes within your club offerings or make upgrades to your equipment without starting a riot?
Combat contraindications inappropriately popularized by the media and punch those false indoor cycling prophets in the mouth...with education. The indoor bike is a piece of fitness equipment no different than the machines one finds on the fitness floor. As instructors we need to respect the bike, respect the body, and respect the science of training. How your body interacts with the bike is key to the effectiveness of each workout and the prevention of overuse and acute injury. Learn how to teach proper form, alignment, movement, and pedal stroke technique in a way that is educational and fun.
Nothing defines you more as an instructor than how you meet, reassure, inform and inspire new students. As an instructor, these are your most precious skills, and it is with new students that your skills are most needed, most valued and most lasting. Learn how to use those key moments when you first meet a new student. Learn how to listen to them to overcome their fears. Make yourself the instructor they will always remember. You have one chance to hook them for good, make sure you take it.
Identify the physiologic changes that take place with the aging process and learn the benefits of various types of exercise on the older client. Identify modification techniques, including routines that will provide cardiovascular, strength, balance, and flexibility components appropriate for the aging client.
Intervals can have one meaning to indoor riders and another to those in the fitness world or that train outdoors. It is time to fight against the traditions of the past, infractions of the present, and injuries of the future. A great deal of group fitness classes and training are interval-based. Learn how to be the master of interval training through the appropriate manipulation of duration, intensity cadence, resistance, recovery, and cueing techniques.
Learn how to incorporate the power element into your classes with drills that go beyond cadence and resistance. This workshop will present different ideas to help you get the most from your students while giving you ideas that you can use right away. A brief introduction of power will help you understand what it is and create drills that get results. Be ready to move your skill set to a higher level!
The research and information on healthful eating and body weight continues to proliferate; yet sometimes it feels like we know less than ever! Which information is credible? Do calories count anymore? Maybe I should eat like my ancestors? …wait, what did they really eat and can I buy it at Whole Foods?
Nick works with many elite and pro athletes, including Team Garmin Professional Cycling Team, so he’s bringing you a wealth of knowledge and experience. This session will dive deeper into the understanding of lactate threshold, lactate clearance, and mitochondrial density. High intensity training is essential, but too much of a good thing can be detrimental. The risk of overtraining is real, especially for instructors who teach too many days in a week.
With no fancy moves or choreography to hide behind, many instructors feel like fish out of water when first teaching indoor cycling. Hence the creation of moves, terms and various positions to keep it “interesting”. Join Stages® Indoor Cycling Master Educator and self-professed former hi-low junky Pam Benchley, as she recounts her tale of ditching the leotard and leg warmers for chamois butter and cycling cleats.
Class numbers are not always what we would like them to be. Empty space scattered around the room can lower your energy levels and enthusiasm for teaching. Even if you fill your class, but only have 10 bikes in the studio can lower your motivation compared to the exhilaration you feel when you lead a large group. Discover how you can take advantage of small class sizes. Not only will you begin to love the challenge of a small class, your participants will keep choosing your class over any other!