Last Minute Opportunity

Posted by Robin Robertson On Featured post, Healthy Knees, Recent Articles
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Want to take the first step in becoming the “go-to” knee expert?

Come to my Healthy Knees Coach: Cycling Specialist workshop, 8am – 5pm, June 12, at Arizona State University in Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona.  Price is $199

It’s for trainers who:

  • have clients who complain of hip or knee pain
  • have clients who can’t jump, can’t run, can’t lunge
  • who want to learn how to use cycling as training tool
  • want to build an entirely new revenue stream with small or large group cycling
  • want to attract the “boomer” generation
  • want programs for competitive cyclists
  • want to become the “Go-to” Knee Expert


What you’ll learn in the workshop:

  • Bike Fit:  Interview & Body to Bike Parameters
  • Troubleshooting on-bike knee pain: Top of knee, front of knee, back of knee, sides of knee
  • Body Position 6 Point Check
  • Coaching New Cyclists and Weak Clients
  • Elements of Coaching How to Stand (critical for new/weak clients!)
  • Teaching Pedal Stroke:  Why too fast or too slow can be dangerous
  • Analyzing Form
  • Program Design and Your Role as a Coach



  • Earn 0.8 CECs with NASM for the Workshop
  • Full access to the on-line Cycling Certification program (CECs pending)


Interested?  Contact me quickly!  Robin



The Asteroid Year

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Hello again…

I’ve been quiet for some time and I’m finally ready to talk about it.

It was a year that I got through, another year to recover, and a year to ramp back up. I’ve learned now not to underestimate an emotional toll…

Alright, here’s what happened.

2013 was shaping up to be a spectacular year.  I had it lined up to film and produce the first Cycle Moles Videos and was so excited to think that I might be able to help more people get on their bikes and use the Cycle Moles program to get stronger, faster and in better cycling shape than they’ve ever been in.


The stones kept raining down…

So much happened in a matter of 4 months that I’m just going to sum it up and not go into details:

  • My husband had a bad bike crash and suffered a severe concussion (thank goodness for his helmet & no broken bones)
  • My 97 year old mom (who lived with us), was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  She passed away, peacefully at home, 3 months later
  • My son totalled a car (but he was OK)
  • My daughter discovered a lump on her throat that turned out to be Thyroid Cancer and had surgery just before moving to Vietnam.

Wow.  My world slowed to taking just the next step each day. Somehow in the middle of all of that, I produced the Power to Pedal videos, but I didn’t share the love and care for the cycling that I intended to.

I now look back at 2014 and realize that I needed to just recover from the emotional toll of the previous year.  I did not have the energy to do extra things.  I started ramping up in 2015 and here we are WITH EXCITING NEWS…

I’ve written a fitness book about cycling and it will became available on January 14th.  It even hit BEST SELLER on Amazon in 5 Countries (US, Canada, UK, Denmark, Australia!)

Check it out here:

I am wishing YOU a happy and healthy 2016 filled with good energy and adventure!


Quick Indoor Interval Workout

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It’s been cold and wet and discouraging to ride outside, so let’s have some fun indoors!

Here is a workout you can do inside – on your trainer, on a stationary bike, on a treadmill, or elliptical. The key is interval training to get your heart rate up. You can add or take away from the intervals:

Warm up 5 – 10 Minutes
5 Sets (15 minutes)
3 Min Intervals:  2 Min Easy, 30 seconds HARD, 30 Seconds VERY HARD.
Cool Down 5 – 10 minutes.

HARD and VERY HARD can be either faster or with more resistance.
Let me know how it goes!


Birthday Bike Ride Inspiration

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Do you have a goal or two?
I just celebrated my – 53rd – birthday and I always take that day to consider where I have been and where I am going.  And, for the past decade, on my birthday I take a bike ride for as many miles as I am old.  Each year I have p-l-e-n-t-y of time to think!web-colorful-bikes-with-floAs I noted the miles click away, I would think “what was I doing at that age?”  Here are a few highlights from my recollections:

  • Mile 7, Age 7:  2nd Grade, Mrs. Thompson in a portable, I had THE BEST bunny costume for halloween.  My mom sewed it for me.
  • Mile 11, Age 11, 6th Grade, Mr. Crane.  Our class was the coolest because we got to sing the song “Drift Away” during a concert.  It involved some coordinated hand clapping and finger snapping.
  • Mile 21, Age 21.  I had just returned from traveling 3 months backpacking in Europe by Eurail.  Broke, working at a restaurant, a little aimless but finally ready to return to college.
  • Mile 25, Age 25.  I was in an internship in Santa Barbara completing my degree from WWU Huxley in Environmental Science working on water conservation and household hazardous waste issues.

…And so the miles and memories went until I completed my 53 miles.  It was a lovely ride down memory lane thinking about all the people and events that helped make me who I am today.

And then I always take time to look forward and ask myself this question –

“Is there anything I would regret NOT doing when I die?”   

 This question has helped to spur me out of lethargy and into action.  It is easy to be comfortable and just let time pass…but then the time and your minutes and years are gone.

My friend Jackie said  to me today…”Success is not convenient.” 

 That is so true.  You have to want something more than you are afraid of it.  You have to want the benefits enough to be willing to put aside the immediate discomfort to achieve the long-term goal.   Whether that is educational, weight-loss, family ties, your own health, or your business.  <Your own health should be at the top of that list.>

And so, for me, what is next?  I am working on my pre-requisites to apply to grad school for a masters in Exercise Science (Kinesiology).  Why am I doing this?  Well, I don’t think it’s going to get me a raise ;-), but I want the knowledge so that I may help others achieve more.  And … it’s on my bucket list!

MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU:  I encourage you to take the time to write down just 1 thing that you want to accomplish or do in the next 5 years – big or small, it doesn’t matter.  It should just be one of those things you want to do before you kick the bucket.


NEXT, identify the first step you need to take toward your goal…and tomorrow, take the first step!  If you want, leave a comment below and tell me what it is.  I’ll check in with you from time to time to see how it’s going to help you stay on track!

Happy Birthday to us all – may this be our best year ever!


Be fit, Play Hard, and Enjoy Life!

Trainer or Spinning Bike?

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It’s the indoor season!

I don’t want you to miss out on all of that good focused training we can do inside while it dark and nasty outside.

As far as trainer (with your own bike) vs. indoor “spinning” bike, I still always choose putting my own bike on a trainer.

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My own bike on a trainer while I instruct Cycle Moles


  1. You earn every pedal stroke and your feet/legs are not being carried at all by momentum.
  2. They are cheaper than a good indoor bike
  3. You are on your own bike which should fit you well (no need to worry about adjustments)
  4. Some trainers now come with a “watts” calculator (but I’ve not tested any yet to see how easy that is to set up).  My favorite of all trainers is the Kurt Kinetic Fluid trainer – there are watts options for it.  I like the trainer because of the feel and rock solid warranty.  You pay a little more upfront, but it is worth it because they are so well made and come with a lifetime guarantee.

If you are set on buying an indoor bike, simple is better.

I do not recommend the bikes that rock or in any way move – mostly because that movement is artificial (you are not actually moving to gravitational pull like you are going around a corner).

The three indoor cycling bikes I love for their great features and durability are:

  • Keiser M3i with watts and ANT (there are some programs you can sync with – I haven’t yet figured out how to use “Ride Buddy” bweb-Robin-on-Keiser-croppedut I’ll let you know more when I do.).  The magnetic resistance is super smooth and I like the gear “shifter” that shows a number from 1 – 24 to indicate your “gear.”  This is easier than a random turn on a knob.  That’s the Keiser bike in the picture on the right – I love it!

  • CycleOps Pro 300 – is the original bike with a torque meter to measure real watts (same technology as the Power Tap for outdoor bikes).  It is chain driven to give more of an outdoor bike feel.
  • LeMond Revmaster (does not have watts) – I love the RevMaster because it has a universal adjustment so that you get just the right fit.  I do not recommend the “Tour de France” model with the programs…I’ve heard of nothin’ but trouble there and you have that weird movement of the bike.

If you are going to lay down the big bucks for an indoor bike,  I definitely recommend buying a commercial grade, super durable indoor bike.

I don’t like the “pre-programmed” bikes because you are not in control of the tension.  You need to be able to adjust it for your knees and needs!

Just follow a program like Power to Pedal and you’ll be on the way to better fitness!

Oh – and for Cycle Moles Power to Pedal you need an ipad or computer screen to watch them.  You can download or stream them.

When you buy the Power to Pedal package, you also get the bonus “Complete Guide to Indoor Cycling” which has 12 printed workouts for you.

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions!

~Coach Robin


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