by Angela Reed-Fox
Indoor Cycling Instructor tips - fixed wheel
The way the stationary bike works is by a fixed wheel, which essentially means that when the pedals are turning so does the flywheel. Conversely, if the flywheel is turning, so will the pedals. And this right here is the crux of why it's important that instructors understand the implications, but also that they tell riders what they need to know in order to stay safe.
There are several instances every year of cycling studios and their instructors being sued because of injuries occurring during an indoor cycling session. We've had a look through what the causes are - and I'd say over 95% of them were completely avoidable and due to either a lack of knowledge on the instructor's part, or poor instructing (twp reasons why the Indoor Cycling Institute exists). And the rest? Really weird stuff that happens when you store hand-held weights on the back of the bike or dark studios where people can't see what's going on, that type of thing.
What you need to tell your riders
What you need to concentrate on during your class
The warming up pace should be leisurely, but riders should be in control of the pedals and feel the bike's resistance as they go. At all times,coach riders with how the resistance should feel (especially if the bikes have no metrics).
Most injuries (and litigation) occur as a result of a rider sprinting incorrectly. Make sure you coch correct resistance, technique and cadence. Click here for more about sprinting.
For an effective climb you'll need to ensure that it's your riders pushing the wheel, not the other way round.
Whether this is in between intervals, or at the end of the session, ensure riders slow their cadence before reducing the resistance. This way they'll be in control of the bike and not have a suddenly perky flywheel that doesn't quite seem ready for a cool down.
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