Spinning / Indoor Cycling – Every Instructor May Need a Device Stand!

So, like most instructors, I teach at more than one gym in town. There are definitely benefits, which I may talk about in a future post 🙂

Recently, one gym added a device holder for the spin instructors to use. You basically clip it to the bike then use it to hold your device .. in my case my iPod Touch. Well .. thanks to that gym I had to go buy one for myself

Android / iPhone / iPod / Smartphone holder with clipLet’s talk about it!

The concept is simple .. you clip it to the bike and then you open the other end and slide your device into it. Normally, I’d keep my iPod Touch on top of the stereo when I use it and then have to keep leaning over to see where we were in the songs. Now, it’s right there in front of me!

The one I bought is pretty slick too because it has a long stretch of bendable cording so you could really twist and turn this anywhere you need it. As you can see in the screenshot I don’t need the extra length so I kinda have it tucked in tight.

Anyway, if you teach at a gym where you teach with your own music I definitely suggest getting yourself one! Mine is made by Abco Tech and I paid $20 for it on Amazon .. it is worth every penny!

While in my case it helps in teaching spin classes, this really has so many more uses! Anywhere you can clip on to something you can use this!

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Things I Love … Garmin Forerunner 220

I am a bit of a techy person. While I’ve gotten better over the years (interpret that to say more under control) I do like to get something that is as close to perfect as I can.

A year and a half ago I bought myself a running GPS watch, the Garmin Forerunner 210. While it served it’s purpose I did not ‘love’ it. It was a bit retro looking and at times was slow to pick up satellites for the GPS.

Garmin Forerunner 220Fast forward to almost a year later and I am browsing the internet. I learn that the Garmin Forerunner 220 (another running GPS watch) had been released. Let’s call it love at first sight.

First of all, it had a version of the watch in purple, my favorite color, so instantly I am drawn to it. Next the display is more modern than the 210. Beyond that they had finally figured out how to take the ‘bulk’ out of the GPS watches.

So, I bought it. I’ve owned it for probably 8+ months now and I have nothing but love for this watch. Let’s discuss why if you are a runner you should look at this watch ..

  • As I said before they have finally made the GPS watches a bit smaller. Read that to say that it does not swallow my wrist like the Forerunner 210 did. No, it’s not tiny but I actually like the size.
  • It has GPS caching. So long as you sync your watch often enough it will cache satellite information. When you go for a run and start the GPS you get a signal in no time. Oh it is SO nice!Garmin Forerunner 220
  • If you run with your phone you can use live tracking. I ran the marathon again last spring and before the race I sent my father the link to my live tracking. He said that it was almost in real time as they would update it while they chased me around the city.
  • The battery lasts long enough to get you through a full marathon and then some. I actually owned the Forerunner 10 before the 210 and while I loved the 10 I was leery that I could not run a full race with the GPS. The 220 lasted the race and I had plenty of battery left afterwards.
  • When you use it in everyday life mode the battery lasts soooo long. Actually, when you use it in heart rate monitor only mode the battery lasts soooo long! I have been off running while recovering from an injury and have only been using the 220 lately for heart rate tracking at the gym. In 2 – 3 months I think I’ve used it 7-11+ hours a weekGarmin Forerunner 220for heart rate tracking and maybe charged it 2 or 3 times. It’s pretty amazing how long the battery lasts!
  • Water Resistant! No more of this ‘it costs a ton and will only tolerate rain’ .. you can shower with this and swim with it. Granted I don’t swim and it’s not meant to be a swim watch, but it’s nice that the technology is available on the watch now!
  • Bluetooth syncing .. no need to hook it up to your computer if you have a compatible phone. I upload all my workouts through the Garmin Connect app and it happens automagically if the bluetooth is active on both devices (watch and phone).

I could go on and on and on about my LOVE for this watch. I strongly recommend this watch to anyone looking at GPS options. It’s an amazing runner’s watch and has also done a fantastic job of being a heart rate monitor only watch.

If you have questions about it, let me know! Thanks for reading!

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