What’s Your Safety Sentence?

Do you have a safety sentence that you include in your class intro? My safety sentence is some form of: My job is to give you a great experience that’s safe and challenging and your job is to listen to your body and take on the challenges that are right for you today. I don’t…

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Four Myths About Recovery

Have you ever taken a challenging cycle class with an instructor who didn’t build in any recovery time? I have. The instructor had a lot of positive things going for her – authentic enthusiasm, awesome music, a strong voice – but the core of what she is responsible for delivering was missing: a smart ride…

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Mental Metal

What does it mean to have the right stuff, to have what it takes, or to be tough when the going gets tough? We’re bombarded with challenges, slogans, contents and ads that question how “tough” we are. But when it comes to indoor cycling, what does toughness really mean and how important is it? Let’s…

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Bike Set-Up Check-Up: When and Why

When Should You Revisit Your Bike Set-Up? Often! Are you nursing an injury? Recovering from surgery?  Have you lost or gained weight or mobility? Maybe you’re not making the progress you expect toward your goals. Or have you been cross-training and gained strength? All of these scenarios indicate you may benefit from re-visiting your bike…

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Profile Symbols

Profile Symbols

Wondering what those symbols we use in the profiles mean? Download the attachment to unlock the mystery! Pam and I are Mad Dogg Spinning certified so we use these Spinning symbols as shorthand to represent standard movements. I use a printout of my ride in class so I like being able to see at a…

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Our Riders, Our Light

I know you can relate to this scenario: you’re tired and stressed from constantly hustling from one thing to the next and feeling on the verge of being overwhelmed by a too-long to-do list. Cycling class is two hours away and you haven’t had time to think about the profile. A list of questions fires…

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Cuing Form and Posture for a Powerful Ride

Pam Blum, Spin Instructor

Is posture different than form on the bike? Is cueing for each different? Are they both equally important for powerful, memorable rides? Yes, yes and yes. You’ve no doubt focused on how to cue proper form and alignment, but let’s unpack how cueing proper form, alignement and posture can create greater presence, power and perception…

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Top Five List for Making Personal Connections with Riders

It’s on! A new year – new fitness resolutions by your steady riders and new resolutions that will bring in new riders.  We see it every year – strong starts that last through spring and die by summer. So what can you do to harness that fresh energy and make those commitments last?  I believe…

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What if I’m Motivated by Different Music than My Riders?

Great instructors are passionate about music. They have an ear for what works and what doesn’t. They know how to create playlists that support their profiles, appeal to the class timeslot, and most importantly, motivates them. What? Shouldn’t I create playlists based on what my riders want? It’s a consideration for sure, but asking riders…

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Truth and Grace

Today someone shared this bit of wisdom with me during a discussion about the art of speaking the truth when giving feedback: You have to speak enough truth to be authentic and have enough grace to be kind; the balance between the two determines your effectiveness. Wow. Succinct, accurate, timely. Our conversation wasn’t related to…

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