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Do You Really Need a Disco Ball? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Experiential Exercise


With a growing number of health clubs and independent studios in the United States, fitness instructors face increased competition to attracting and retaining the over 20 million participants engaged in group exercise classes. In response, many fitness professionals have capitalized on the concept of “experiential exercise,” which, according to an article published in IDEA Fitness Journal, elevates a basic fitness ... Read More »

Diane Laird, Certified Spinning® Instructor | Ventura, California USA


Spinning® offers us the chance to change and recover, but for Diane Laird of DNA Fitness in Ventura, California, Spinning brought her in contact with the people that would change her life. Working her 9-to-5 job as an Insurance Agent, Diane went about her daily life as a working mother until in 1997, when she was diagnosed with endometriosis. Each ... Read More »

Isabel Shephard Schaefer | Spinning® Master Instructor and Breast Cancer Survivor

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One of our beloved Spinning® Master Instructors, Isabel Shephard Schaefer, shares a personal story about her fight with breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share this inspiring Spinning story with you. Throughout her battle with breast cancer, Isabel showed grace, courage, gratitude and love.  Her attitude was that this was a momentary glitch in her life. She ... Read More »

Loaded Paleo Sweet Potato Fries


If you want game day food that won’t leave you feeling as sluggish as an armchair quarterback, try these loaded paleo sweet potato fries. They have a perfect blend of flavors and textures and a high nutrient density. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is made more bio-available by the inclusion of fat. They also contain unique ... Read More »

How to Choose the Right Protein Powder for You

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By Jenna Corbin, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, CLT, PES, CES Protein Powder in the Bigger Picture Take the quiz now for 1 SPIN® CEC  Protein powder supplementation has been a common practice in the fitness industry for decades, particularly in the bodybuilding community; but it is growing in popularity among other groups such as the weight loss population (as meal replacement) ... Read More »

The REAL Truth on Whether Indoor Cycling Bulks Up Your Legs

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By Shannan Lynch, PhD, CSCS, HFS, CISSN | Director of Education, Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. The media has given quite a bit of attention lately to claims made by celebrity trainer Tracey Anderson that “spinning” makes you gain weight and/or bulks your thighs.  We’d like to set the record straight on two important issues.  Firstly, Spinning® is a brand and ... Read More »

Seasonal Summer Recipes

Summer Recipes

Seasonal Summer Recipes: Easy to Prep and Delightfully Nutritious With fresh peaches, berries and watermelon in season, try these cool and crunchy recipes for your barbecue or picnic to make the most out of the warm summer days. 1) Summer Salad Serves 2–4 Ingredients: 1 large yellow peach 1 heirloom tomato 1 cup cherries, halved and pitted 2 tablespoons basil, ... Read More »

Jumps on a Hill

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Michelle Colvin, International Spinning® Master Instructor (UK)  Jumps on a Hill mimics three “real road” riding techniques: To work your way around a hairpin or switchback curve up a mountain road. To burst or breakaway up a short, steep hill. To push yourself over the crest of a hill. For long climbs, it’s usually best to stay seated to conserve ... Read More »

Premature Ventricular Contractions


By Linda Freeman PVC doesn’t always refer to those white pipes or plastic fence posts sticking out of the ground. PVCs, otherwise known as Premature Ventricular Contractions (or complexes), are surprisingly common cardiac arrhythmias. In fact, you may have experienced PVCs yourself and never noticed them. You may have felt a fluttering in your chest or recognized an irregular rhythm ... Read More »