Smart indoor cycling riders aren’t smart just because of what they know. They’re also smart because of what they believe, as explained in these 7 critical success beliefs:
- Their past does not dictate their future
Many of us did not start our fitness journey until much later in life. Some of us are just getting started. We come from different backgrounds, fitness abilities and conditioning levels. Some of us face weight challenges, financial difficulties, relationship issues and work-life stresses. Yet, for those riders who believe that they can shape their own destiny, letting the past dictate your fitness future is a recipe for disaster. Letting go of this belief, that you were always overweight and will always be, that you were never fit and will always be, is the start. With indoor cycling, getting started is not easy and the road to fitness is a long one. But, as they say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step, I encourage you to set aside what happened in the past and embrace what you can accomplish on the bike.
- Having an investment approach to riding
You are in it for the long term. Taking a few indoor cycling classes is a great start; yet, making indoor cycling a part of an exercise regimen or committing for the foreseeable future by attending one of more classes per week is a proven method to become stronger, increase your endurance, benefit from a cardio workout that is low impact and enjoy the challenge of riding in a group setting. One class per week, even two per week will yield many future dividends. The investment strategy of making steady and constant contributions to your health is an undeniable strategy that guarantees success.
- Setting near-term & long-term plans
Coupled with the investment strategy mentality, setting near term goals is equally important to setting those that are long term. The benefits of attending indoor cycling classes can be realized rather quickly – within the first 6-8 weeks: improved stamina, ability to exceed certain durations and resistance levels on the bike, improved metabolism, increased strength, stronger leg muscles and much more. Staying focused beyond the immediate results and creating a long term plan is where you will realize the most benefit. Making indoor cycling an integral part of your fitness journey for years to come is possible – in fact, I’ve been teaching for several years and I’ve had riders in my classes who have regularly attended for well over 4 years. It can be done.
- Creating a balanced strategy
Balance in life is a key to successful outcomes. When you think about your fitness journey, there are many distractions. Your work, your life, your family and social obligations, etc. Yet, much like scheduling events, attending meetings, commuting to work and so on, attending indoor cycling classes and participating in fitness workouts can be part of your daily or weekly schedule. Many people think of exercising as something to do when you have “spare time”. However, this invites many excuses to avoid working out. There will never be a convenient time! It is best to “schedule” your fitness much like you schedule anything else. Gaining support from your family for “fitness time” is also important and can be a driving force to honoring the schedule.
- Seeking to improve by learning & asking
Although attending indoor cycling classes on regular basis is a first step, knowing more about other fitness and health factors will make these steps more valuable and more rewarding., Understanding ride mechanics, cadence vs. resistance, the muscle groups being used, safe and proper ride techniques, the science behind riding with power, the physiological impact, heart rate zones, RPE, nutrition, etc.. – all this knowledge and the advantages gained by knowing more will help you to fine-tune the fitness journey and hone in on specific goals, target certain metrics and be in the know. Ask your instructor when you have questions, educate yourself, become empowered!
- Never take it personally
There will always be stronger and more athletic riders. There will always be someone who ranks first in power metrics. There will always be someone who appears to be the “perfect” indoor cycling rider. But then gain, who’s journey is it anyway? IT IS YOURS!! Remain focused on your body, your breathing, your workout and feel confident at the end of the ride that you accomplished what you had set out to accomplish – but even if you didn’t, you will have another chance in tomorrow’s ride! It is your time, your workout, your ride!
- Fit in just to fit in
Attending indoor cycling classes just to be part of something else is never the right mind set. The first and most important goal is to realize that this form of exercise is about improving your health and helping you to become stronger, healthier and much more. While indoor cycling is something that anyone can do, it must be done for the right reasons. Be yourself. When you stop trying to fit in or make an impression, and instead focus on a healthier body, your will honor your fitness journey and achieve your personal fitness goals.