In Cycling 101, the first part of this two-part series, 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, with motivated students choosing from a variety of fitness stations like weight training, yoga, Pilates, fitness walking, and cycling. Where each station is led by certified student instructors focused on helping their peers develop personal fitness skills, knowledge, and confidence. Keep reading to make this dream your reality.
This popular, low-impact physical conditioning activity uses stationary bikes to improve aerobic and muscle fitness. It can be individual and group-fitness based.
Cycling in High School PE
Cycling in high school physical education consists of two progressive instructional activities:
1. Basic Training
Here, students master fundamental safety protocols and movement techniques associated with the unit content. Students 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. Challenge students 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 (warmup, main workout, and cooldown). 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
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!
Dr. Derek Mohr
Dr. Derek Mohr, Professor in Health and Physical Edcuation at Appalachian State University, holds a Doctorate in Physical Education Teacher Education with a cognate in exercise physiology from West Virginia University. His focus area is in sport, activity, and fitness pedagogy. Read more posts by Dr. Derek Mohr –>
Dr. Scott Townsend
Dr. J. Scott Townsend holds a Doctorate in Physical Education Teacher Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Supervision. He has worked extensively with curriculum and instruction models, more specifically focused on sport education. Read more posts by Dr. Scott Townsend –>