If your cycling participants spend more time gazing at the clock than they do “shifting gears,” you’ll love this class. The Cycle Diversion format doesn’t give them time to be bored. This class is broken down into three segments to stimulate participants’ imagination, challenge them physically and keep them on their toes.
Cycle Diversion Details
Imagine taking your trusty old three-speed--or your rugged new mountain bike--onto the open road for an exhilarating 40-minute ride. It's a beautiful day . . . there’s a gentle breeze . . . and before you know it, you’re back home, tired but refreshed from a workout that seemed more like fun than work.
The simple pleasure of riding a bicycle is so appealing that this traditional pasti...
Some cycling participants may feel like the cool-down is a waste of time and a cue that class is over. Their hearts aren’t pounding, their legs aren’t burning--nothing is happening, right? Wrong! As you know, the time spent transitioning out of hard-work zones into easy breathing and pedaling zones is time well spent. The cool-down allows for recovery at the cellular level and brings t...
conditioning has become a staple of many workout programs in hopes that
strength improvements will result in better overall function. What about
cyclists? Scientists at the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University
of Pittsburgh sought to determine the importance of core strength among a group
of 15 competitive cyclists. They were tested on torq...
A properly designed indoor cycling program can enhance cardiovascular health, regardless of age or ability level. But you must integrate various intensity levels to get the most from participants. Ideally, cardiovascular training should provide a mix of the following intensity zones (as used in the Schwinn® Indoor Cycling Program):
Zone 1 (easy/comfortable)
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Preventing Indoor Cycling Injuries
Although indoor cycling is a nonimpact activity, riders are not immune to injury. Cycling and biomechanics experts offer these suggestions to ensure that your biking workouts stay trouble free: 1. Take Injury Prevention Seriously. Some studies show that as many as 50 to 70 percent of bicyclists report neck and ...
By Amanda E. Vogel, MA
Indoor Cycling: Guidelines & Safety Suggestions
Editor's note: This article is the second of a five-part series on guidelines and safety suggestions for various group fitness modalities. The genesis for these articles is you, the IDEA member. In our most recent readership survey, a whopping 100 percent of respondents said they wanted to see more space in IDEA publications d...
While the legs may be the stars of the show in indoor cycling, the core is the vital foundation that affects all movement, including the pedal stroke. A solid core helps eliminate unnecessary upper-body movement so that riders can focus and deliver energy for a smooth and powerful pedal stroke. Most cyclists will agree that, whether you’re riding inside or out, the core is the power center for efficiency. These five functional moves strengthen the core muscles and improve overall performance. All you need is 5 minutes before or after your next indoor cycling class. newsletter_teaser: While the legs may be the stars of the show in indoor cycling, the core is the vital foundation that affects all movement, including the pedal stroke. A solid core helps eliminate unnecessary upper-body movement so that riders can focus and deliver energy for a smooth and powerful pedal stroke.