Team Teaching

Looking for something to spice up your class? Try team teaching! If creating and delivering a class with another instructor is something you’d like to try, here are a few tips for a smooth process. First up is logistics. Ideally, you’ll have access to two microphones that pair via your sound system. If not, you…

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The Art of Setting “Clear” Goals

Have you set goals for yourself as an instructor? Before you do, you might want to read “Atomic Habits” by James Clear and/or listen to Brene Brown’s interview with him on her awesome Spotify podcast called Dare to Lead – I loved it! Why? Clear offers a reframe for achieving what you want that instantly…

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How to Challenge All Rider Levels

To set and achieve the goal(s) of a ride, I select from seven “challenge levers” and then adjust them to various levels depending on the make-up of the majority of riders in a class: Ride at high RPMs Ride at high resistance loads Combinations of both for varying durations Movements Hold a steady cadence Proper…

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How to Create a Ride Series

A cycling ride series is like a limited Netflix show – six or seven episodes focused on a central theme start to finish. If you have a consistent group of riders, creating a ride series is especially effective. The first ingredient is a goal. What do you want your riders to achieve, learn or experience…

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Mental Metal for Riders

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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How to Nail a Combo Cycle Class

In this video we share tips on combo cycle classes – how to structure them, tips for success AND Pam takes us through basic, intermediate and advanced stability ball moves to create the ball portion of her signature Ball & Chain combo ride. You’re gonna love it! Share this!

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What Does “Make this Ride Your Own” Really Mean?

You’ve probably heard your instructor say it many times: Make this ride your own! But have you ever wondered what that means, exactly? Does it mean you should ignore the profile and do your own thing whenever you don’t feel like doing what the instructor has planned?  Or does it mean that if the intensity…

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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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Help Riders Make Smart Decisions

Communication between cycling instructors and riders can be super challenging. Riders need to make smart decisions throughout the ride based on a number of internal and external factors and instructors need to try to connect with an entire room of people at once! Join Pam and Karen for a discussion that goes beyond standard RPE…

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