By: Dr. Derek J. Mohr & Dr. J. Scott Townsend, Appalachian State University
In our last blog, Cycling 101, we discussed the activity of indoor cycling. Today we will extend the conversation, focusing on how to teach Cycling in a physical education setting.
Imagine a PE class that operates like a wellness center (see this blog for more details)… one where motivated students choose from and enjoy participating in a variety of fitness stations (weight training, yoga, Pilates, fitness walking, cycling, etc.), where each station is led by certified student-instructors, focused on helping their peers develop personal fitness skills, knowledge and confidence. Read on to make this dream your reality…
Cycling is a popular, low-impact, individual and group-fitness based physical conditioning activity that uses stationary bikes to improve aerobic and muscle fitness.
Cycling in SPARK High School PE
In the SPARK HS PE program, Cycling is part of a larger unit called Group Fitness. As such, Cycling, like all other group fitness “mini-units,” consists of two progressive instructional activities:
1. Basic Training
Here, students master fundamental safety protocols and movement techniques associated with the unit content. In SPARK Cycling, students use the Content Cards to experiment with and master basic exercises. This may take multiple lessons as the teacher leads students through the mastery process. Cycling Basic Training focuses on SHAPE Standards 1, 2 and 3.
2. Create a Workout
Here, students create a personalized workout by applying fundamentals mastered in basic training. As part of the process, students practice, refine and then lead classmates through their created workout. In SPARK Cycling, students are challenged to create a 10 minute workout that includes four cycling components (hand position, ride position, pedal pace and resistance) across the three components of a workout (the warm-up, the main workout, and the cool down). Cycling Create a Workout focuses on SHAPE Standards 4 and 5.
Cycling Teaching Tips
- Encourage students to give Cycling a chance to help them improve strength and endurance
- Focus students on safety and performance cues
- Modify activities to ensure safety, individual success and motivation
- SPARK High School PE Curriculum & Training
- Lifespan Fitness C3i Upright Stationary Exercise Bike
- Lifespan Fitness Pro Upright Bike C7000i
- Stopwatches and Heart Rate Monitors
Share Your Knowledge
What are your experiences teaching Cycling? What advice would you give to someone who has never taught Cycling, but wants to? Post a response below and let us know!
Current SPARKfamily members with High School access can find the new Cycling unit under High School Web-Based Units. If you are not a current SPARKfamily member, you will receive 3-year access to the digital content when you purchase a SPARK High School curriculum set.