That’s the LOADED question. Well the simple of it ..it works. If you go to a reputable Indoor Cycling Center and have a well respected coach leading the classes the results will truly be incredible. We have noticed that if you participate in our Winter Training Series you will see gains of anywhere from 10-30% increase in your FTP!
There are many factors.. but the simple ones are:
- You are PAYING to get faster. The accountability of a paid service versus training in your garage is much higher.
- You get coaching! Someone to guide you, answer your questions about nutrition or training or …whatever you want.
- It’s in a group atmosphere! Nothing is more encouraging than to see 10-20 other athletes working hard, doing the same workout and getting results!
Indoor training takes you AWAY from your mundane, daily ritual and adds spark. The intent of a 20 week winter program is to go after all of your “energy systems” and improve them. Everyone has a weakness. Indoor cycling will eliminate those weaknesses.
Why Indoor Cycling versus a spin class? It’s YOUR BIKE! What’s better the direct approach of using your bike during workout? Hell, you paid a lot of money for it. Why not use it? Plus, it’s a better way to translate the hard work you are doing inside…to the outside. Indoor Cycling programs are a great way for newer cyclists to reduce THEIR learning curve. Clipping in….yes clipping in. Learning when to drink. Learning when to eat. The veteran cyclists enjoy the programs because it’s the “difference maker”. It helps them get from a “B” rider to that elusive “A” group.
What you should look for:
- Reputation. Does the Training Center have history and results
- Quality programming. Do they work with all levels of athletes?
- Friendly schedule. Do they offer a 5:15am and a 7pm class? If they do…they WANT to make you faster
- How often should you go? 1-2 times a week. However, do not do hard intervals twice a week from November-January! You will be flying in March and dying in May.
Hope this helps! If you would like more information feel free to contact us!
Donna Zurawski changes her life through cycling
Athletes come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, abilities etc.
However, all of them would agree that to live a happy and healthy lifestyle, you need to be happy and healthy!
DZ (Donna Zurawski) Did just that. She changed.
This podcast delves into the things that Donna did to change.
To get healthy. To get happier.
IT STARTED WITH THE BIKE! Donna tells the story of just how and what she did to make this all work.
Moto madness at the Tour of Utah
(Photo credit Jonathan Devich)
I’ve been in this sport for a very, very long time. I’ve been commentating for over 15 years and done some great gigs. I’ve worked the stage for some of the biggest events all over…..China and North America.
I had the opportunity at the Tour of Utah on the back of a moto. I would be providing live coverage for Tour Tracker and Fox Sports. I would provide “hits” out on course. They include insight on the riders, the teams, the directeurs, the beautiful state of Utah and other little tidbits. The “hits” have to be quick and to the point. Frankie Andreu and Brad Sohner were hosting Tour Tracker and Todd Gogulski and Steve Brown were hosting the Fox show.
The first day at Utah was to get used to the Moto and the Pilot, Thom Filkens was my pilot. Retired CHIPS police officer who’s done his share of piloting for sure!!! The entire mediamotos team was full of fun, grit, Brit (More than half of them were British) fun, and Sh!t talking 🙂 However, when it came to the GET, they were always there for the GET. The moto had 3 cameras. 2 trained on me and 1 to was on the back of the moto shooting backwards. This shot was cool, especially at the beginning of each stage.
I’ve been in a ton of caravans, but never like this. We litterally were planted in, around, throughout the bike race. The objective was to get the shot without disrupting or interfering with the race. UCI rules state that two cameras can’t be in the envelope at the same time. So, well…we had to improvise a lot. Take advantage of the right moment. I said cameras, not commentators. This got a little “weird” at times because well…which am I ?
Here’s a great shot of Rally taking to the front after the break goes away. Rob Britton in Yellow. This was near Tooele, Utah (Two-ill-uh)
Many of the stages we would move around, speak to the directeurs about strategy for that day or for that moment. All the teams were very gracious and willing to give me insight. Something about a microphone I guess 😉 There was also the times when crashes would happen…literally in front of us, near us. We were always Johnny on the spot to give insight and updates. I was always asked was it scary to ride on the back of a moto at warp speed, not tethered with one hand on a mic. I NEVER felt in danger. Ever. It was crazy some of the spots we were in, or the speeds we would need to reach. But, I was always safe. Toughest shot? Leaning into the car, standing up, counter balancing…to get the LIVE interview with directeurs.
What a great experience and tip of the cap to everyone who help put on the best Tour of Utah to date.
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