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Great SEO link for your studio’s website

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Click to add your website and other information to our global listing of Indoor Cycling Studios.

Looking to improve the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) of your studio’s website?

Silly question; of course you want to improve how easy it is for potential clients to find your website and then hopefully become a long-term customer.

Our global list of Indoor Cycling Studios at Pedal-On.com is a great place to create an authoritative link back to your site, which can help your site’s SEO – especially if your studio and domain URL is new.

Search engines like Google look at multiple factors before delivering a result to any search. Beyond on good page content and meta description, links back to your website are like votes telling Google your site is a good choice to display.

But just as there are people you trust more than others for recommendations, some websites have more authority (trust) than others.

So please take a few minutes to add your studio listings at Pedal-On.com.

Will you be at WSSC in Miami this week?

Performance iq spin power display system

If you are planning to attend WSSC I’d love to meet you. I will be at the conference all three days.

My main focus will be the Spin Power sessions and there’s a lot of them on the schedule! Especially those that are including a specially designed Performance IQ display system, customized for the Spin Power Program.

Team Time Trial with Performance IQ Presented by Angie Sturtevant In team time trials, riders take turns either at the front or ‘sitting in’ behind, conserving enough team energy for an all-out pull toward the finish. In this workout you will compete as part of a team, as accumulated power output is displayed on the big screen using Performance IQ. This gives all teams the energy to chase and spectators something to cheer about!

Spinpower™: Personal Spinning® Threshold Presented by Martin Timmerman The Personal Spinning Threshold (PST) is the key to Spinpower success—once PST is determined, you have a baseline threshold marker that can be used to create a unique training program and track student progress. This workshop will teach you the protocol of the Personal Spinning Threshold test and how to administer this test to your students. You will establish your own Spinpower Zones and then experience a ride which will criss-cross these zones. WS NEW

Spinpower™ Race Day Winners Presented by Dino Pedras All athletes know that we must be efficient and well-organized to get the most out of our training, and a Race Day ride is how we see the results of that hard word. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a successful Race Day using Spinpower to help you determine what variables you should integrate into your training program and how to best periodize your time to reach your maximum potential and find the way to victory!

During the conference, Performance IQ will be demonstrating how their system can be connected to your studio’s MindBodyOnline account through a Live Edit integrated website – very cool stuff if you haven’t seen it.

 If you’ll be there – please text or call me 612-868-0064 so we can meet and I can say hello!

John

Offering additional fitness formats – from a small studio

Barre Classes for Indoor Cycling Studios

I’m seeing Barre (pronounced “bar”) classes getting more popular – and they appear to be a relatively inexpensive option for adding additional fitness formats to your class schedule. Traditionally used in Ballet training, Barre classes are an interesting combination of; Ballet, Yoga and Pilates – there’s even Barre Boot Camps!

The Life Time Fitness where I teach recently install ballet barres around the perimeter of the room. One of the Instructors told me Barre classes appeal to a completely new niche of participants, who wouldn’t be interested in conventional Group Fitness classes.

There are three Zenspin Studios located in Jonesboro and Little Rock, AR  that offer indoor cycling along with Barre, Yoga, Pilates & interval training classes.  From the sounds of this case study about how MINDBODY is helping them manage their customer wait-lists – they’re really doing well.

 

BE A HERO Indoor Cycling Event 4/28/12

Looking for a fun event to promote at your studio? How about what is being billed as the largest national Indoor Cycling event ever? Check out BE A HERO

The Wish Upon A Hero Foundation supports the philanthropic efforts of individuals, organizations and companies by using social media, technology, and marketing to raise money and awareness. Our community-centric approach to helping has enabled our network to react and support areas in times of natural disasters and emergency situations.

For more information visit: https://www.wishuponaherofoundation.org

Add an Instructor Evaluation Form on your website

While I was recording an interview with Studio Owner Emmy Ragali, I noticed this link to an evaluation form on her website where participants can give feed back on the quality of the Instructor and their class.  I see this as an excellent idea and Emmy explained to me that it has been very helpful to her and her Instructors.

After my noon class at CycleQuest today, owner Joe Ducosin told me he had listened to the Podcast and was instantly motivated to find a way to add a similar evaluation form to his website.

You can find the full interview here at indoorcycleinstructor.com along with her experience using the new Top Power display system from Performance IQ.

What can you learn from Chef Gordon Ramsay?


If you are interested in improving your class numbers or making your studio more profitable, I feel Chef Ramsay could help a lot… let me explain.

On the remote chance you have never seen his TV show (he must have over a dozen to date) Chef Gordon Ramsay is a very successful and very foul mouthed Celebrity Chef who makes his on-screen living criticizing other Cooks, Chefs and Restaurant owners. He’s also very successful restaurant owner in real life.  I’m certain that the producers of any show he appears need to hire an extra hand, who’s sole job is to hit the “Bleep” button until their index finger is bloodied and bruised.

And yet his shows are very popular and have been for years. I have to say I find Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (either the BBC or US versions) very entertaining once you understand his objective for each episode of the show; saving a troubled or near bankrupted restaurant from failure through brutal honesty. NOTE: The BBC versions are a little lot more foul than those produce for the US markets. Language Warning on the video below

Each episode of Nightmares  follows the similar ebb and flow of most any dramatic TV show or movie for that matter:

Intro: Chef Ramsay is called in save some floundering restaurant and his first action is to sit and be served as a normal customer. Inevitably he finds his meal un-editable which sets the stage for…

Initial Confrontation: Ramasy confronts the Owner, the Chef, wait staff and anyone else he can find over the poor quality of the food + (take your pick) the service, decor, prices, etc… His next step is…

Observation: “Let’s see this F*&#&^% place in action” has Ramsey observing the operation of the kitchen and dining room service to get an understanding of where the problems lie. This tends to be one of my favorite parts of the show, especially when he finds rotting food in some dark, walk in freezer.

Candid summation of the problem: Like many reality shows, Ramsey appears outside the restaurant and speaks directly to the camera, offering what is clearly visible to all of us watching… “The place is all F$%#@& up” delivered with a very sullen expression and a less than an optimistic appraisal of his chances for turning the business around.
After watching a half dozen or so shows, it’s obvious that the problems the restaurant is experiencing fall into one these general catagories:

  1. Owner/Chef Un-Professional Arrogance – “I serve my customers what I want to serve them.”
  2. Owner denial – “problem? I don’t have any problems…” as he or she stands in an empty dining room at half past 12:00.
  3. Lack of business / managerial experience – being a good Chef doesn’t make you a good business person.
  4. Not truly understanding and then delivering what customers want – typically based on what can only be described as willful ignorance

Proposed Solution: Here Ramsey lays out his proposed solution. It maybe a new menu or cooking method that he feels will address the problems that he sees. In most episodes everyone seems to agree, which sets up the…

Second Confrontation: Whether by design, or simply human nature, someone refuses to go along with the suggested changes. This is by far my favorite part, but it typically includes a lot of Bleeping.  Here Ramsay gets to the real reason for most, if not all, of the what’s causing the trouble in this business. Time and time again, what Ramsey has to shout, swear and yell his way past is the defensiveness of the person who needs to give up the excuses, swallow their pride and accept responsibility for the current state of the restaurant.

Acceptance of the Solution: After Ramsey has successfully broken down the walls of; arrogance, insecurity, stubbornness, etc… that are ruining the business, everyone is finally on-board with his new changes.

With the new menu and other changes in place, Ramsey stages an event to “Re-Brand” the restaurant to the community. This is crucial to a profitable future, as the success of any local business is word of mouth! There’s a very good reason no one is eating there and bold action is needed to inform past customers that there have been substantial changes. “Please try us again!”

Rebirth of optimism: It worked! The atmosphere in the restaurant is buoyed by a now full dining room of happy customers and a till full of money. Better days are ahead as Ramsey makes one final statement to the camera before walking off to save another restaurant.

Happy (sometimes) Ending: Much like a recovering alcoholic who’s fallen off the wagon, the strong personality of an entrepreneur is difficult to change and then maintain, without slipping back into old habits. This sets up a whole other series of shows where Ramsey returns to steer the business back on course yet again.

It took me a while to understand why I (and obviously quite a few others) like Chef Ramsay. Despite his foul mouth, abrasive personality and endless arrogance he demonstrates a refreshing belief in the capability of the people he’s trying to help. Every expletive laced criticism, accusation or heated confrontation he delivers is based on his honest belief that the recipient can do better.

By now, I’m guessing that you have figured out where I see a potential similarly between a struggling restaurant on Kitchen Nightmares and a class or studio with consistently low attendance.
Winter is coming for many of us and your chance to Re-Brand your class if necessary is right now! If you are frequently looking out over a room with empty cycles, can I suggest that you watch a few episodes? Chef Ramsay doesn’t just show up by accident, someone sent out a request for his help. Pay attention to the disconnect between the reality of the situation and the early behavior of the business owner. And then decide if any of this could apply to your situation.

I’m going to follow this up with a few ideas on how you could find your own version of a “Chef Ramsay” next week.