This course shows how to design a program for cardiorespiratory fitness by choosing the appropriate level of cycling intensity, duration and frequency. Teaching methods for leading a cycling group are included. You’ll use Power Pacing for Indoor Cycling to supplement the on-line instruction.
In this course, you will assume the role of a newly hired fitness trainer at Fitness Inc., a fitness center. Working with Eric Trimble, head trainer at Fitness, Inc., you’ll design cycling programs for various clients. Eric will help train you and be available to discuss the fitness needs of each of your clients. Your mentor will lead you through the following situations and exercises:
Day 1: Client Preparation--By the end of this session, you’ll understand the benefits and general physiological adaptations to cardiovascular exercise and basic cardiovascular programming. You’ll begin with a screening of all of the clients. Next, you’ll discuss goal setting with each client and the benefits of cycling for fitness will be examined. Eric will help you to understand how the principles of cardiovascular training will be applied in the cycling programs you’ll design for your clients. At the end of the session, Eric will provide a quiz over the key concepts.
Day 2: Preparation for Cycling--Working with Eric, you’ll learn how to prepare the client for a safe and effective cycling workout. You’ll begin the session by learning how to teach your client how to set up the cycle for his or her specific needs. This is a good time to help the client understand appropriate gear for cycling. You’ll want to be aware of common physical complaints that you’ll encounter when working with cycling clients. Eric will present you with a variety of psychological strategies to use, too. Finally, Eric will let you assess your learning with a brief quiz over preparation for cycling.
Day 3: Cycling Practice--Now you’re ready to focus on some of the specific technical aspects of fitness through cycling. Eric will present information on hand and body positions that can be used to achieve a safe and effective workout. You’ll become familiar with some cycling drills. The session concludes with an opportunity to learn how to monitor and adjust the intensity of the client’s workout. A short quiz over key concepts is the final element of this session.
Day 4: Workout Components--Eric explains the components you’ll need to include in an effective workout. He insists that the beginning and end of a workout are just as important as the workout itself. Eric begins the session by presenting the concepts of warming up and cooling down. Next, you’ll review cardiovascular training principles and program design. You’ll also be asked to consider what you can do to make sure that your clients enjoy their cycling sessions. Eric concludes the session with a short quiz over key concepts.
The course concludes with an exam.
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