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1. What exactly is an indoor cycling class?Indoor cycling is basically a cardiovascular workout that simulates outdoor riding. It really uses every body part. While it is cardiovascular, you are using all your muscles, your core, everything. We sit. We stand. We do things called jumps, which are four- to eight-second intervals of sitting and standing using heavy tension and light tension on the bikes.2. How is it better than just riding your bike on your own?It's a different workout. Outdoor riding really depends on where you are riding. Around here, there is a lot of flat land. We can simulate an outdoor ride on hills by using heavy tension on the bike. I have a lot of outdoor riders, especially in the winter when they can't get out for long rides. A lot of them say they feel stronger when they get back out on the road. 3. How did you get started doing indoor cycling?Well, I always enjoyed outdoor riding, but when I had my kids I didn't have the flexibility to just get on my bike and go for a long ride unless I found someone to be with the kids. Indoor rides offered me the opportunity to ride, but not to worry about the kids. I can put them in baby-sitting and know I'll be done at a certain time. Teaching always interested me, too. I quit my regular full-time job when I had my kids, so teaching fitness classes lets me get my workouts in and also share my passion for fitness. In fact, we've had several instructors who started out in a class and loved it so much, they went and got certified to teach others.4. What's the difference between spinning and indoor cycling?Spinning is a trademark. I am Spin certified and Reebok certified, but the YMCA is not a Spin-certified facility. The generic name for Spinning is indoor cycling.5. How did you get certified?I have both a Spinning and Reebok certification. Reebok is more what the YMCA — that is the certification for the facility. The Reebok certification was a day course. The Spin certification — I can't remember if it was a one- or two-day course — but it also has a bunch of continuing-education courses. You have to do continuing-education courses to keep up your certification for both Spin and Reebok. It's a pretty intense certification. It entails book work and also hands-on.6. What kind of equipment do you need for a class?The two most important things you need are a water bottle and a towel. The Y provides towels or you can bring your own, but you definitely need a water bottle. I also tell people to get there a little early because it takes a few minutes to get everyone set up on a bike. It's really important to get the person set up on the bike properly. 7. Have you ever had anyone pass out in your class?No, I've never had anyone pass out. I, personally, am very aware of new people. I always give options. I have some who have been cycling a long time, and they want a really hard workout, but I give new people lower intensity options. I have to cater to all the levels. I have had some people get lightheaded from working too hard, but those are usually the people who have been cycling a long time. It can be a beginner's class or an advanced class, depending on the intensity level. I've not had to perform any CPR in any of my classes, though.8. What's the most challenging part of leading an indoor cycling class?I think sometimes the motivation, especially at that early hour. People come in tired or dragging themselves in. I've gotta really turn on that “wow” factor to make them want to be there and want to come back. A lot depends on the personality of the class. It's hard to read how a class is feeling sometimes. They don't always communicate if they are getting what they want from the class. So, that can be hard.9. How many cycling classes do you teach?I teach Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:15 a.m.10. How many people come to your cycling classes?Right now, we average around 12. We have 16 bikes available and it fluctuates between 10 and 16.11. Do you teach any other classes?I teach a Les Mills Body Pump class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. That is basically a choreographed barbell class.

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