Newsletter Quizzes

2014 Newsletter Quizzes

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October, 2014 - "Psoas Health for Indoor Cyclists"

With every pedal stroke, a muscle hidden deep within your groin works to coordinate your movement. Although you cannot see it or even feel it externally, keeping this muscle strong, flexible, and healthy is critical to your physical health and fitness performance, particularly in the sport of cycling, and of course, in Spinning® classes.
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September, 2014 - "How to Create Killer Cues in Your Spinning® Classes"

Sound familiar? If you’ve ever struggled with trying to find cues that have more impact and depth for your Spinning® classes, you are not alone. We all want to be great with our instructional language. We want cues with clout. We want commanding cues. But where does rock-solid cueing come from? How do great instructors manifest their ideas and thoughts into the spoken word? Is there a secret to creating powerful language? The good news is that with just a bit of creativity, instructors can learn to bring more captivating verbiage into their coaching. Everyone has the ability to transform ordinary words into works of art and everyday cues into luminous language.
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August, 2014 - "How to Choose the Right Protein Powder For You"

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) and even in critically ill patients who need extra nutrient-dense calories (e.g., cancer or immunosuppressed patients). The food industry has responded to consumer demand by manufacturing a variety of protein powder products to meet the diverse needs of today’s health-aware demographic. Consequently, it has become increasingly difficult to select the best protein powder product for a given objective because the numerous options available. With all the different types of protein powders out there, the question often becomes “which is best?” There’s technically no right answer, as it will depend on individual goals, beliefs, tolerance, preference and taste. Even the “best” protein powder isn’t going to be very beneficial if it cannot be stomached.
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July, 2014 - "The Pursuit of POWER"

Power means many things to many people, but what is power and why has it become important to cycling? A power meter is one of many tools used to impact performance, fitness and other desired physiological outcomes such as weight loss. Power meters used in road cycling have been around since the late ’80s, but in the early days, power meters were only available to elite athletes and in sport science laboratories. Today, power meter technology is available in road racing, on indoor bikes and is being used by a wide variety of people. Regardless of one’s age, gender, fitness level or athletic ability, measuring work effort is key to achieving fitness and/or performance goals.
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June, 2014 - "Nutrient Timing: A Tool in the Toolbox"

Theories abound regarding the connection between nutrient timing and training performance. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy. At the end of the day, nutrient timing is one of several tools in your health & fitness toolbox. Read on for general guidelines about daily meal timing, nutrient timing meals around training, and how to put it all into practice.
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April, 2014 - "Pedal for Prevention: Move to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease"

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The good news is that you can help combat heart disease with a healthy exercise program and a few lifestyle changes. Read on for a comprehensive overview of how Spinning® and other forms of physical exercise can help you fight aging, protect your heart health, and as stay in shape.
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March, 2014 - "The Pyramid Scheme"

Planning your ride allows you to devote your time in class to coaching and motivation rather than figuring out what to do next. Pyramids are an extremely effective profile type that can be used to help you focus on what matters as an instructor. Read more to learn about pyramids and to grab some ideas for your next class.
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February, 2014 - "Teaching Off the Bike"

While instructors may forget about the most important person in any studio or fitness club, facility owners always know that "the customer comes first." Whether we like it or not, as fitness professionals we work as sales people. When we sell the Spinning® program, we sell concept of being healthy and in good physical condition. And we also sell our classes and our own personalities.
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January, 2014 - "Coaching Your Purpose"

As an instructor, have you ever asked yourself the following questions? What are the purposes of coaching? What effect can my coaching have on others? What information should I be communicating to my clients and participants in order to empower them to reach their fitness and nutrition goals? Step one is determining and defining your coaching philosophy, which will allow you to bring your authentic self to class. Once you have identified your coaching style then you move to step two: sharing your passion and knowledge for athletics, health, life and Spinning®.
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2013 Newsletter Quizzes

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December, 2013 - "Base Training: Go Slower to Get Faster"

Base training is an essential part of every successful training program and every healthy lifestyle. Over the last few years high-intensity workouts have become more and more popular. While this is a positive development, you still need to know when to implement high intensity training (HIT) into your plan. Base building, the process of using low-intensity rides to strengthen the aerobic system before moving on to harder workouts, is the key to long-term cycling success, both indoors and outdoors.
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November, 2013 - "Top 10 Ways To Keep the Basics Challenging!"

So many times I find myself caught up in the technical aspect of profile design that I lose sight of the basic principle “less is more,” and I know I am not the only one. Often times instructors feel compelled to present a big ride using all sorts of heart rate zones and multiple terrains.
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October, 2013 - "Preventing Heat-Related Illness"

The reports of sport-related heat illness cases among athletes are increasing, and they occur at all times of the year. Heatstroke caused by excess exertion can be a seriously life threatening, even fatal event, and should be taken seriously by coaches, health facilities, instructors and exercise enthusiasts. Heat-related illness in sports can happen to anyone, including young healthy athletes as well as the young men and women who fight for this country's freedom, our soldiers.
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September, 2013 - "Yoga: The Legal Performance Enhancer"

The benefits of cross training have long been understood in the fitness industry. The American Council on Exercise defines cross training as "an exercise regimen that uses several modes of training to develop a specific component of fitness." Some benefits include injury prevention, longer adherence to a fitness program by avoiding boredom, improved coordination, maintained fitness during rehabilitation and active recovery.
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August, 2013 - "Everybody Needs Endurance"

Here is one of the most erroneous questions I've regularly heard in a Spinning® studio: "I am already fairly fit and I do not have a real weight issue so why should I do endurance rides, let alone 60% of the time?" In short, the correct answer is: "Everybody needs endurance." But maybe you need a compelling reason why!
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July, 2013 - "What's On Your Menu"

Dining is an experience and so is the Spinning® program, but planning, prepping and teaching a Spinning class does not have to be “Hell's Kitchen.” Think of planning a class as if you were a chef at a restaurant. What's your five-course menu: appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert? These are analogous to the five Energy Zones™. What ingredients will you use? Movements, objectives, goals, coaching cues, intensity, time, cadence and resistance. Plus, the all-important seasoning of music—get this wrong and the whole ‘dish’ is ruined!
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June, 2013 - "Coaching Off the Bike: How and Why"

As fitness professionals, we have the option of instructing a Spinning® ride by physically modeling technique and form and sweating along with the participants, or by taking the role of a coach and directing the ride from the floor. Both have benefits, but when we coach from the floor, we connect with the clients on a deeper level, creating a longer-lasting impact. Read on to learn more about how to effectively coach on the floor from Spinning Master Instructor Sabrina Fairchild.
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May, 2013 - "Why Smaller Spinning® Studios can Offer a Big Advantage"

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of privately owned “boutique” Spinning studios around the world. While large health clubs and corporate franchises usually offer a big variety of class formats and instructor options, smaller clubs tend to embrace a more intimate approach that helps clients set personalized goals and track progress toward individual achievements. Read on to learn more about the benefits of smaller fitness studios from Spinning Master Instructor Raquel Rezàra Schmidt, Ph.D.
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April, 2013 - "Best Practices for Recovery During Spinning® Class"

As a Spinning instructor, your goal is to coach students so that they maintain heart rates within a healthy range to improve fitness and ultimately perform increasingly demanding exercises with increasing ease. The dilemma facing instructors everywhere is finding the timing and length of recovery during a class, given the different athletic fitness levels of the students. Read on to learn more about best practices for helping students recover from Spinning instructor Phil Joffe.
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March, 2013 - "Music Methodology in Spinning® Class"

Music is a large part of creating a killer Spinning class profile. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find appropriate, motivating music that works well with a specific movement. Read on to learn more about how to make the music selection process a bit easier from music history degree holder and Spinning Master Instructor John Cargill.
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February, 2013 - "Cadence Building vs. Sprints - What is the Difference"

Even with a strong initial foundation, many new Spinning® instructors struggle with the differences between cadence building and sprinting. Read on to learn more about the primary differences between the two from Spinning Master Instructor Jeff Krabiel.
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January, 2013 - "Motiviation - A Psychological Take"

Motivation is always a hot topic when it comes to exercise. It is a topic that has been well-studied and well-researched by psychologists. The greatest distinction which has been made in the field of psychology as it pertains to motivation is the idea of “locus of control.” Read on to learn more about how you can coach and motivate your students via locus of control from STAR 3 Spinning® Instructor, June Chu, Ph.D.
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2012 Newsletter Quizzes

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December, 2012 - "Coaching and Language"

In addition to delivering a fun and safe class by carefully designing profiles targeted for the session’s goal, it is important that Spinning® instructors offer effective technique and coaching cues so students get the most out of every class. Read on to learn more about how you can take advantage of the power of language in your classes from Spinning Master Instructor, Jeff Kraibel.
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November, 2012 - "Strengthening and Lengthening for Triathletes"

In the last of her 3-part triathlon training article series, Spinning® Master Instructor Natashia Iacovelli explains the importance of efficient lengthening and strengthening protocols to ensure peak performance and to prevent injuries. Read on to learn how to find the time to take care of your body during the demanding and time-consuming triathlon training process.
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October, 2012 - "Overcoming Burn Out: Coaching for Exercise Adherence"

Whether it’s physical, mental, or both, burn out is a big disruption to any fitness-oriented lifestyle and is a road block to meeting fitness goals. As Spinning® instructors, we want our classes to fill up and to be popular within our clubs. More importantly, we want to help our students reach their fitness potential and make exercise a part of their lives, not an inconvenience. By paying attention and applying some of these principles of exercise adherence, you can help your students stick to their workouts and reach their fitness goals. Read on to learn more.
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September, 2012 - "Training for Triathlon With the Spinning® Program – Part 1"

The sport of triathlon is growing in popularity across the globe and it's likely that some of your students are either currently training for a triathlon or they are interested in training for one. Having a performance goal outside of the Spinning® room gives our riders a real sense of focus, direction and excitement. In the first of this two-part article series, learn how you can support your students in getting the most effective training benefit during their indoor cycling session by using the Spinning Energy Zones™.
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August, 2012 - "From Toxic to Non-Toxic Beauty: Get Your Glow Back"

According to ancient Ayurvedic medicine, which is thousands of years old, whatever you put on your skin, you should be able to ingest. We love all of our skin products because they make us feel good and we want our skin to glow, but many people don't realize what these products are really costing us, not only financially, but health wise as well. Read on to learn more about these toxic products and how you can make the change from toxic to all-natural.
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July, 2012 - "To Jump or Not to Jump?"

One of the most controversial and least understood movements in the Spinning® program is Jumps. Many people believe the movement is unsafe, but when appropriate resistance levels are used and with proper form and technique, Jumps are beneficial to both muscular endurance and cardiovascular development. Read on to learn more about this fun and unique movement from Spinning Master Instructor Jeff Krabiel.
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June, 2012 - "The 411 on Glutes"

Athletes are often encouraged to “kick some butt” or to get their “rear in gear,” but in fact, firing the glutes is a straight shot to performance power. The gluteus muscles are both superficial and deep within the buttocks, and they deserve more attention than they often receive. Read on to learn more about the importance of training your glutes, as well as some sample exercises and training tips that will tap into the power that lies in these muscles from STAR 3 Spinning® instructor, Linda Freeman.
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May, 2012 - "The Spinning® Program During Pregnancy"

The goal of exercise during pregnancy is to stay fit, or, if just starting out, to make positive lifestyle changes to benefit you and your baby. Studies have shown that the Spinning® program is as an excellent form of exercise during pregnancy due to the ease of bike adjustment on Spinner® bikes and the ability of participants to monitor their exertion. Read on to learn more about how you can coach expecting mothers safely during your Spinning classes.
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April, 2012 - "The Power of the Spinning® Program and Pilates"

When you combine the cardiovascular training elements of the Spinning® program and the core, mind/body training elements of Pilates, you get a total-body workout from the inside out. Spinning is an essential class for every cyclist, and by doing Pilates, you will become more aware of how your body, comprised of individual parts, functions as a whole. Still find it hard to believe that these two opposite exercise modalities complement each other? Read on to learn how you can combine the Spinning program with Pilates from Spinning instructor and Pilates teacher trainer, Sara Talbert.
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March, 2012 - "Keeping the Mind/Body Connection"

The human mind tends to wander, even during a great Spinning® class. So, how can you keep your students mentally connected during class? Read on to learn some simple techniques from STAR 3 Spinning Instructor Jennifer Tipton that will help you keep your students engaged and coming back for more.
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February, 2012 - "Train Hard And Smart: Understanding the Five Spinning Energy Zones™"

The first step in helping your students reach their fitness goals is creating a base of aerobic fitness, a process known as aerobic base building. As a Spinning® instructor, it's important to understand this training concept and to prepare your week of Spinning classes accordingly. To help you balance the application of aerobic and anaerobic exercise, the Spinning® program divides workout formats into five categories called Energy Zones™. Read on to learn how to use these Energy Zone formats to maximize results in your Spinning classes.
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January, 2012 - "2012 Spinning® Instructor Manifesto"

We all know what January 1 means it's time to set your goals for the New Year. New Year's resolutions are often difficult to keep up, which is why Spinning® Master Instructor Luciana Marcial-Vincion has a different approach to January 1. Read on to learn more about how you can make a change in 2012 and make it any everyday process, not just one time a year.
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2011 Newsletter Quizzes

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December, 2011 - "Healthy Holiday Eating"

The holiday season is a time of excitement, filled with parties, events, and spending cherished time with loved ones. And as we all know too well, most of these activities revolve around food. Spinning® Master Instructor Jennifer Ward, RD, LDN, CLC, CPT, shares the key to avoiding holiday weight gain and staying healthy this holiday season.
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November, 2011 - "Recovery and Active Rest"

Whether you take Spinning® classes, go mountain biking, road cycling, or even cross-country touring, if you want to experience a training benefit from your efforts, you must include rest and recovery in your training plans. STAR 3 Spinning instructor Linda Freeman explains the importance of recovery, and how you can factor recovery into your students' training programs.
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October, 2011 - "Make Your Students Fall in Love—With You!"

Whether you teach in a large gym setting or at a small private studio, it’s important to make an effort to connect with your students on a personal level. You are more likely to have students follow you and never dream of skipping a class if they connect with you as a person. Barbara Hoots, STAR 3 Spinning® instructor, explains how qualities of a lovable instructor can actually be cultivated with just five simple tips.
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September, 2011 - "Ride Like a Racer"

The Spinning® program was born from the sport of cycling, developed over the years by cyclists, and has always stayed true to its roots in cycling. Whether you’re a Spinning®-only kind of rider, or an indoor/outdoor cyclist, absorb all the training you can and strive to ride like a racer. Read on to learn how you can learn about cycling and racing techniques that apply beautifully to the Spinning® program.
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August, 2011 - "Spinning® Fusion Classes"

The Spinning program provides a great cardiovascular workout that builds endurance and trains the slow and fast twitch muscle fibers. However, it is also important to tap into other important components of physical fitness. Spinning master instructor Tami Reilly outlines ways to add strength training, functional training, core training and flexibility training to your Spinning classes with one simple technique: fusion.
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July, 2011 - "Stretching Your Class"

A Spinning class isn’t over when you dismount the bike. Stretching is just as important as the ride itself and should not be underestimated as a necessary component of a Spinning class. STAR 3 Spinning instructor Cori Parks explains the many benefits of post-exercise stretch and how to do it properly.
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June, 2011 - "Add Good Vibrations to Your Cross Training"

Tired of the same old weight-lifting routine after class? Spinning and Bodyblade® Master Instructor Sabrina Fairchild explains why adding cross training with Bodyblade into your workout schedule can help boost your strength and power in group ex and Spinning classes.
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May, 2011 - "Start Your Own Food Revolution"

The Spinning program, along with proper diet, plays a huge role in helping us get fit, stay healthy and lose weight. Master Instructor and Registered Dietitian Jennifer Ward shares easy tips on how to improve the quality of your diet to help you, your students and your children make a healthy change.
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April, 2011 - "Enhance Your Detox with Spinning®"

Give your body the break it deserves with detoxification. STAR 3 Spinning instructor and Naturopathic Doctor Marc Bubbs shows you how to cleanse your body using a safe combination of healthy detox and Spinning classes.
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March, 2011 - "Escape with Spinning®"

Want to escape the winter chill but don't want to break the bank—or your fitness routine? Get Master Instructor Sabrina Fairchild's expertise on how to put your teaching skills to good use by teaching Spinning classes and other fitness sessions in exotic locales!
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February, 2011 - "Spinning® Loves Safety"

The Spinning® program is designed to keep you safe while on the bike. STAR 3 Spinning instructor Cori Parks dives into why some movements are contraindicated and why what you see in other indoor cycling classes may not be so great for your body.
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January, 2011 - "Find Success with Spinning®"

Become a healthier, leaner, stronger and more confident YOU this year with Spinning®! STAR 3 Spinning instructor Linda Freeman shares her successes with the five Spinning 8-Week Weight Loss Program sessions she led last year—continue reading to learn how you can have your own success story!
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2010 Newsletter Quizzes

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December, 2010 - "Helping Others All Year Long"

Let the season of love and giving last all year long! Read on for an interview with Gearing Up founder Kristin Gavin to see how this non-profit is helping women in recovery get back on their feet through cycling.
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November, 2010 - "8 Weeks to a Healthier You!"

Get geared up for the newly revised Spinning® 8-Week Weight Loss Program! In just 8 weeks, you'll learn exercise and diet tips that you can maintain for life. Read on for an exclusive Q&A with the 8-Week Weight Loss Program author, Jennifer Ward, as she dives into the components for successful weight loss, describes how the 8-week program was born, reflects on the program's success and much more!
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October, 2010 - "Stay Healthy All Fall"

Periodized training, key nutrients and immune-boosting herbs can help keep unwanted cold and flu bugs at bay. Read on for Naturopathic Doctor Marc Bubbs' guidelines to do all you can to keep from getting sick this fall.
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September, 2010 - "The Magic Combination"

Combining a solid pedal stroke with the right amount of resistance is the key to getting a great, safe ride during every Spinning class. Plus, it will help make you stronger and more powerful! Read on for Master Instructor Sabrina Fairchild's explanation on why this magic combination is so important for you and your students.
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August, 2010 - "Killer Cues"

Create original, powerful cues for every Spinning class and you'll set yourself apart from the pack. Read on for Master Instructor Luciana Marcial-Vincion's easy ways to think up unique, descriptive language that will help push your students through even the hardest class profile.
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July, 2010 - "Don't Resist Resistance Work"

An effective strength and conditioning program is the best way to improve your physical power, both on and off your Spinner®. Read on for some essential strength-training guidelines that will help keep you energized and strong in Spinning® classes.
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June, 2010 - "Opposing Muscle Groups"

Want to improve your fitness with resistance training? Make sure you're working opposing muscle groups evenly. Read on for the best way to create muscle balance and train your body correctly.
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May, 2010 - "Training on the Bike"

Make the most out of every workout with mindful training rides. Carefully scheduled workouts in the five Spinning Energy Zones™ may be your best bet for achieving your fitness goals.
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April, 2010 - "The Importance of Hip Health"

Proper care for our joints, especially our hips, is the key to a long, active lifestyle. Learn some important facts about hip health and why you should stress the importance of stretching after every workout to your students.
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March, 2010 - "Volunteering at WSSC"

Long-time Spinning fan, Bob Rebach, discusses why volunteering at WSSC is a no-brainer.
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February, 2010 - "How Many Watts Do You Got?"

Read about the latest technology for Spinner® bikes from The Green Revolution that creates clean and renewable energy.
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January, 2010 - "Setting (and Reaching) Goals in 2010"

Help your students set and reach their goals for the new year with these tips from certified Spinning instructor Kathryn Wilder.
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2009 Newsletter Quizzes

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December, 2009 - "Making Magic With Music"

Do your students often tell you that you have “good music?” Helen Ryan, certified Spinning® instructor, used to rely on her playlist, but she quickly learned that how an instructor uses the music is much more important than the music itself. Learn eight tips to get the most out of your music.
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November, 2009 - "Cardiac Rehabilitation and Spinning"

As a Spinning® instructor, you have a lot to offer cardiac rehab clients. Master Instructor Sabrina Fairchild, M.A, explains how Spinning is a great form of exercise for this group of patients.
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