Instructor's Blog

Bike Formation in a Cycling Studio - How Important Is It?

Is there a right way and a wrong way to place bikes in a cycling studio? Of course not, but there are benefits that can go unseen if you are simply following what everyone else is doing. Traditionally, cycling studios have their bike formations in rows, often cramming as many bikes in one studio as possible - which makes sense if your priority is increasing revenue. From a financial perspective, you can fit quite a few bikes into a space of only 1000 - 1500 square feet. However, from a teaching or coaching perspective, does this jeopardize your rider's safety?...


Is There Only Two Positions on a Spin Bike? Let's Shift Our Mindset and Create Awesome Drills!

Rachel Seay

Who here feels there is only so many things you can do on a spin bike?  Today I received an email and it gave me pause and I will admit, I felt a little sadness that instructors feel hopeless when it comes to drills.  As instructors are we really becoming brainwashed by certain organizations that believe indoor cycling has only 2 positions - seated and standing? I sure hope not, but I know the grim reality. Many organizations have created their drills around the world of outdoor cycling; but in my opinion, indoor cycling can differ significantly and it's important to...


Do You Start With the Song or the Drill First?

Rachel Seay

When planning drills for your classes, which do you start with, the song or the drill?  I used to start with the drill and try and match a song but over the years I have learned that the flow of a drill works wonders when you start with the song.  I find the easiest way to create drills for my class is to start by letting my Spotify run wild. I usually let the music play until I hear "that" song, then I quickly add it to my "To Be Choreographed" playlist.  Next up, I listen to the song repeatedly...


Using Music Outside of the “Norm” to Create Energy in Your Classes

Music in a cycling class can make or break a class because the root of group fitness is music. This is why group fitness is referred to as “exercise to music.” Indoor Cycling has gone through a wave of trends from high intensity music to yoga cycling to DJ’s in the Studios and back to the top 40’s playlist consumed with Pitbull and Flo Rida. Is there one right or wrong way to use music in a class? I believe the answer is yes there is a right way to create a playlist. The key to music is to captivate...


The Power "Sweet" Spot for Indoor Cycling

If you are old school like me, there were no power metres when we first started teaching. We had to learn to cue power through inviting riders to push their tension while increasing their speed.  Power has been the never ending battle for cycling instructors. It seems like every class we teach, someone is floating their tension on a speed drill, which I am more convinced the bike is riding the cyclists versus the cyclist is riding the bike.  The reason instructors get so frustrated is because of what I call "ghost riding." If I were to crank the pedals...