Instructor's Blog — indoor cycling

When Are We Enough? 3 Tools to Help You Love 💗 Your Body Right Now!

When Are We Enough? 3 Tools to Help You Love 💗 Your Body Right Now!

Imagine if you stood in front of the bathroom mirror naked and loved every inch of your perfectly imperfect body? It's hard to imagine isn't it? It's hard to believe that right now in this moment, we could be enough. Why is it so hard for us?

As a plus size fitness professional, I get it. You walk out of class feeling sweaty and awesome. Your drive home with the music cranked and feel proud for working out. Then comes shower time. You take off your clothes, stand in front of the mirror and the berating begins...


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

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?...


The Power "Sweet" Spot for Indoor Cycling

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...


The Instructor's Guide to Choreographing Your Indoor Cycling Classes

The Instructor's Guide to Choreographing Your Indoor Cycling Classes

I love choreographing drills.

In fact, I love it so much, I have created 4 ebooks full of choreographed cycling drills (don't worry, there are lots of timer drills too!). 

Now, a lot of people think choreographed drills do not belong in a cycling class, but I am here to say they absolutely do. 

They way I see it, group fitness is set to music, no different than a step aerobics class. You use the music to guide the workout and the same can be done with indoor cycling.

This doesn't mean I am saying perform a dance routine with sexy hips on a bike, what I am saying is, you can choreograph a song to match a drill while keeping a class safe and using the fundamentals of indoor cycling.


Connecting to Your Class Through Music

Connecting to Your Class Through Music

As Instructors, we have a deep understanding for the power of music in any style of group fitness class, especially indoor cycling or spinning classes. Music creates a vibe and energy which builds motivation through a workout, but have you ever thought about how it can connect you to your participants? Think about a song that makes you smile? What about a song you play when you need to blow off steam (Metallica is my go to). Or how about a time in your life you fondly remember thanks to the music in that time period? It is so easy...