Indoor Cycling- Importance of a Good Playlist

Importance of a good playlistI’ve been an Indoor cycling instructor for over ten years,  during this time I’ve learned quite a few things about teaching group fitness.  I have had success and a few failures, all of which have helped me to become a better, more confident instructor.

As an instructor it’s important to choose music you love that gets you “pumped.” The more I “feel” the music, the more it comes out in my voice, energy and instruction- and the more it gets everyone else energized and excited.   With that being said its equally important to know your audience, what gets me pumped might not work for my class so its important to meet them on common ground.  Read on for some of my insights into teaching and one of my classes favorite playlists.

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Indoor Cycling- Treating Tight Calves

Treating tight calvesLately I have been suffering from a tightness in my feet and calves, particularly first thing in the morning.  Upon investigation my Gastrocnemius (Calf) muscle seems to be the main concern.  A common issue among cyclists and runners, and an occupational hazard for me as an Indoor cycling instructor.  Read on for more information regarding this condition and how I’m treating it.

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How Do I want To Feel? 2017 Goals

For the past couple of years I have set goals for 6 categories. This year 2017 isn’t just going to be about crossing things off my list, it’s going to be about how I want to feel.2017 Goals

Being off for the last 10 months has given me time to think about who I am, and the person that I want to be.  I’ve come  long way in overcoming my anxiety and PTSD but this year I want to take things further.   There are certain people and situations both past and present that have been and are triggers for me. These triggers open folders in my subconscious reminding my of a hurt from my past.  I react to these triggers with the fight of a heavy weight champion, consuming me with a disproportionate anger  that is exhausting.

For 2017 I want my life to be less about drama and the desire to be in control.  Focusing on nurturing important aspects of myself and my life, such as my well being- mental and physical- my relationships, and my career.  In 2017 I want to feel calm and balanced, I want to forgive the past, release the future and SHOW UP for the present.

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2016 Year End Recap

2016b Year end RecapThe end of the year provides a wonderful opportunity to look back on the last year of experiences and reflect on how they have shaped and changed us.  It also signals the start of a new and exciting year full of possibility.  Soon I’ll share my goals for 2017 but before I do its good practice to first to look back on the year.  Celebrate successes, acknowledge areas where I may have fallen short.  Identify what I can improve upon,  and simply reflect on the year and the impact it has made.  Without further ado….my 2016 Year End Recap

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Top 3 Blog Posts of 2016

With only days  left in 2016 its time to look back on my second year blogging;  My readership didn’t grow as much as I would have liked.  However I received tons of encouraging feedback Top Blog posts 2016and some great exposure.  This year my focus was more on family then fitness,  as I  adjusted to my new role as Mother and life with a baby.

I fell short of my 2016 goal-  minimum of 2 blog posts a month.  In retrospect that goal might have been a bit too ambitious for a new mom. 😉  But did manage to post a blog every month, and two a month for the last quarter of the year.

As we close out 2016, I am recapping my top 3 blog posts of the year.

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