In this course you'll learn how to teach a nonstop cycling class based on timed roads, not songs & the do's and don'ts of teaching a functional indoor cycling class. You'll never have to put a playlist together again after this course. You'll always be ready to teach any kind of indoor cycling class in seconds and have thousands of songs ready for your ride. After this course you'll be able to find songs and edit songs for your class and never teach the same class twice. I designed this course for anyone interested in learning how to put together an indoor cycling class in seconds. It contains song lists, song breakdowns, charts, audios and examples, so you'll feel like you're right next to me learning this course.
This will let you know everything this course covers about teaching a class and please keep in mind this is for current or new cycling instructors or for people who plan on getting certified in indoor cycling first and then to teach a class. I call it the Greatest Indoor Cycling Class because you will not be using a playlist, you will be using folders to play songs.
This shows you how to take this course and how I describe roads/hills when I teach a class. I found this the easiest way to explain it and everyone understands it. You can get it done in less than two minutes at the beginning of class.
This covers everything we are going to cover in class in a written tutorial so you can refer to this E-Book along with each lecture. It's better to use it to while watching lectures b/c seeing it will make more sense :) So watch the lectures and refer to this.
There are many free youtube converters to choose from. I will show you what I use and how I to do it.
I will show you how easy it is to edit a song with a free sound editor.
I'll show you how I pick songs for roads.
This shows you how to put your songs into sub folders of the road. I also included a downloadable sheet for you to use here if you want to print it out (it's also in the E-book).
This is how to teach a steady hill climb for whatever duration you want using songs from your folders.
This is how to teach sprints back to back in class by cuing them using your MP3 player by playing sprint songs back to back and giving them the count downs to a song, how much is left on the sprinting road, how long their slow down is and how many seconds they have left before starting a sprint again.
This is how to teach a one song ride. The only reason to do a full song is to have a full circle, what I like to call it. Riding to one full song means we are going to the top and feeling endorphins and I only play one song rides maybe one time in a class. Sometimes if the people beg for it, then you'll give them another one from your one song ride folder :)
It's not easy, it's actually much harder because it's one song but that usually motivates the class. I teach you how to start on a medium hill and go harder on the chorus and how to get to the top towards the end of the song for your students to go 150% to try to go breathless, try to pass out and feel endorphins and then know they'll have a break right after. This is super fun. I show you which kinds of songs work for this as well.
This combination you can do choose any time length you want. It's about sprinting to a seated hill attack road and then adjusting to a higher hill out of the saddle and giving it your all for 20 seconds, then coming down that hill and doing it again.
You use your songs in each sub folder and your MP3 player to time the roads. For example a 30 second sprint means you play a sprint song for 30 seconds and then immediatly go to your hill attack songs and play 30 seconds of a seated hill attack then change it to a hard tabata song for your students to attack for 20 seconds.
It's all covered in this video :)
This video shows you how you can string along your songs in your Hill Intervals folder to create a long hill interval for any duration you want. Remember I never play the full songs usually just to the second chorus and then play the next song. This way it's never boring and it's way more exciting. I NEVER PLAY FULL SONGS unless it's a full song ride and trust me doing a full song ride is even harder.
You got it, it's singing time. I'll show you how to put a karaoke song together in your ride and when to teach it.
I'll explain the two things you need prior to teaching a Tabata Ride. Sometimes I've taught three of them in one class. It all depends on your students and what they want. It's all up to you.
This video is to show you how I change the song every time we start another round in the Tabata drill. I'm seated on my bike with my iPod in my Tabata songs folder and using my Tabata app on my phone as my guide. I always keep the class informed of the time we have left so that they can stay motivated to finish the eight drills. I also made this video downloadable so that you can ride along to it yourself and see how it feels before you go and do it on your own. You're going to be FANTASTIC! Do try to turn the volume down a little during the 10 sec slow down if you can and pump it back up on the next round.
I included audio from a class of my "LIVE TABATA" ride so you can hear how easy it is to teach the most exciting Tabata drill with my techniques and how quickly I can change the songs and keep everything seamless. I also decided to just let you listen to what happened after the Tabata Ride in this LIVE class.
This shows you how I put the ride together live in class and you can also download a chart of the songs I played and the duration of it here in the downloadable resources. I chose these songs from their folders, I didn't just randomly pick songs. I did randomly pick it in the folder of the road we were on because I know it will always match.
Here you can download an MP3 of the entire live 50 minute ride I taught and clearly hear how I cued the class the entire time. My voice is much louder here for learning purposes.
This video is only 17 minutes of the 50 minute ride since udemy doesn't allow lectures more than 20 minutes. However go to the top left corner blue arrow and you can download the entirity as an MP3 and get on a bike and listen to it and ride my ride.
I suggest watching/listening to the beginning that I posted on this lecture. I have this Exact ride in the next lecture with the names of the songs and the cues and the hill/road that you can download as well. You're welcome :)
These are all the songs and the length of the songs I played during my LIVE 50 minute ride. I edited it for you in order with visual cues so you can feel the music and see how I cued the class. I definitely recommend you ride to these songs so you can feel how I put it together. I played 31 songs in a 50 minute class.
Here you can download the entire file (50 minutes) and watch it on your phone or tablet and follow along with me on a bike to see how it all fits together. You can also practice cuing your class with this. It might be a little hard since the songs are all edited together and you're not changing it on your own, however you can still feel how the songs match.
For lecture purposes I cut it into three sections if you want to continuously watch it on Udemy but know that it is continuous.
It is sectioned into three parts, part one (this one), two and three but on the download it is continuous as I taught it that way.
Remember you'll be using your ipod/mp3 player and you'll change the music on your own cues so you control the ride, the songs do not control you. I cued the class gave them the countdown and then clicked to the next song.
You can see me do that in the ride videos.
This is part one.
You can download the whole video here in this section.
This is part two of the live 50 Minute Ride audio only with video cues.
This is part three the last part of the live 50 Minute Ride audio only with video cues.
Answers to frequently asked questions. If you have more just write me or start a discussion and I'll get right back to you.
I show you what I use to teach and my cords.
It's great to bring a playlist of your favorite songs to class to play.
Here are the answers and the reasons why.
Added another lecture to get you motivated to teach "LIVE"
Hello folks, I'm a comedienne, Founder of I've Dated and the creator of How to Teach The Greatest Indoor Cycling class.
I've been teaching indoor cycling for more than ten years. It's my passion and I love teaching it even more.
I've taken numerous cycling classes through the decades and found it challenging to find a class where the instructor continuously changes the music (LIVE) while cuing us on roads. They would just play a canned playlist. Thus, I decided to teach and students always say, wow you're the first teacher that ever changes the music with every change we do, your music is amazing, your class is always different every time, I've never had an instructor push me so hard.
I've taken so many BAD cycling classes it's a shame. Why do instructors still use playlists? That's what makes it a set in stone ride, it's fine every now and then but seriously MIX IT UP! Teachers playing the same playlists and having that playlist dictate their ride is "BORING" it's not a live ride. "It's a CANNED RIDE" As an instructor you can't divert from that playlist. Yes I know some of you will disagree and say I teach great classes and make different playlists. However it's still a canned ride and not "LIVE."
Try teaching a live class. It's COMPLETELY different and your students will be AMAZED. Teaching a live ride however might be challenging for people who are stuck to a regimen but trust me you can do it. Don't be scurred.
THIS IS THE ONLY CYCLING COURSE that actually shows you HOW TO TEACH and NOT USE PLAYLISTS. I can't stress this enough. Playlists are not the way to go. Cycling programs want you to do use playlists so they can make more MONEY off of you. It's a game for them, don't give in.
IF they actually taught what I taught, they'd be out of business.
ALSO if you've been teaching for years, then you know your songs so there's no need for you to stick to a playlist anymore. Don't you want to be able to be flexible while you teach? You can plan for any ride and use your songs to match it instantly.
Teaching indoor cycling is not rocket science as they'd want you to believe. It's about roads, cues, time, energy, charisma and matching the songs to your chosen road. NOT picking songs that don't fit and just riding. URGH that is a big pet peeve of mine.
I created this course so that you'll be able to have the knowledge to teach numerous rides and change the course with your music and have your students loving you. You can plan a ride at the beginning of class and change it based on your rider's energy level. Teaching indoor cycling is all about picking your road and how long you'll do it and then grabbing songs to match what you decided to do. That's it, it's really simple. Yet they don't teach you that.
My course is for instructors who want to go the extra mile and not play a playlist of songs back to back. You will be dictating the road and changing the songs within hill folders. YOU ARE THE BOSS OF THE RIDE, not your playlist of 10 songs.
You get two Skype or Google Hangout sessions with me after purchasing my course.
Feel free to contact me with any questions and I'll be happy to answer you.
Side note -----
My dream would be that indoor cycling teachers can teach like me so that they'll never have to stay up at nights making playlists or trying to find songs. It's all about adding songs that match your folders and then picking from there and being a multitask teacher, not an AUTOPILOT teacher riding to a set in stone playlist.
Maybe it's my background of doing stand up comedy. Teaching a class, there's real people, so you want to be able to teach a class that's flexible, just like stand up. I don't go on stage with a memorized monologue. Just like when you teach cycling you are there with the students vibing off of them. At the beginning of class you can say let's start with a 15 minute warm (5 min warm up road then we will continue up a hill) up to the top of a hill and recover and during the recovery that we can decide what we want to do next. It's so easy b/c you have enough songs in each folder to teach any road. For example I can say let's do a 30 sec sprint but the class might say no we want to do 35 seconds, then I say yes, we can do that. Teaching a "LIVE" ride is the best for you and the students.
I show you how to do all of that and more in my course.
I find it hilarious when I see instructors saying they're looking for short songs or 30 second sprint songs. It's totally unnecessary. If you have 20 sprint songs in your sprint folder you can stop those songs at any duration while you teach and go to another song. DUH???? Yet no course teaches you that. Seems like certifications, phone apps, music players, etc don't want you to have this information, it's almost like a secret and I'm telling you, don't give in!!!!!
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