Proper performance requires anything but an average approach

WHAT BIKE IS RIGHT?

The popularity of indoor spinning is borne out by the abundance of spinning studios. The modern social drives towards health and well-being, and of course the television exposure of cycling and the growth of the sport have sprouted facsimile cycling training facilities everywhere. Every gym has a studio filled with one or another type of indoor machine, each promising their own version of what is best for the aspirant rider. The smartphone/tablet era and computerized indoor cycles has heralded offerings of untold data-wealth - you can get measurements of just about anything ....

Power output (wattage output) is the most popular measurement as this appears to give the athlete a "proper" reflection of their prowess and a "power" number is easy to chase to try and improve.

In most cases the preoccupation with wattage means leaving it up to a computer program to tell you how to train. This means inputting relatively inaccurate exercise data into a gym training machine (this might include a supposed threshold or FTP assessment), combined with personal physical data (sex, weight, height, age etc) to predict a best-case program for you. This best-case is merely a database averaging exercise which finds common paths across common data. At best, unfortunately, an average training program.

Worse yet, training on a machine that bears scant resemblance to the bike you will be riding, never mind racing, is anything but the accuracy we require.

We know that proper performance requires anything but an averaged approach. It requires detail, precision and over and above everything, the presence of a trained coach to observe, assess and guide the athlete with appropriate data assessment and careful observation of load, response and recovery that is as much art as it is science.

Our indoor classes require that you train on the bike you race.

You bring your bike and we load it onto one of our indoor trainers. These are class-leading fluid trainers that closely mimic actual cycling loads as presented by increased drag (faster speeds) or elevation (going uphill).

We measure Heart Rate (HR) responses as we believe this to be the best measure of actual physiological load being experienced by the athlete. Never mind what the "Power Rules" brigade asserts. Heart rate is a measure of the athlete's physiological response to load, and it always directly proportionate to physiological condition. It will never vary from this premise. So when you are fresh and healthy, you will present appropriate HR responses; if you are fatigued, you will show appropriate fatigue responses and when you are ill, you will respond accordingly.

So your HR monitor will measure INPUT and not OUTPUT!! This is absolutely critical when assessing proper load and recovery. Relying on output inevitably results in athletes over-reaching (to chase the number) and ending up in a chronic fatigue situation.

Our classes offer a structured approach for any cyclist, irrespective of performance level, age or experience. You can join like-minded riders having fun, working hard and pursuing their performance goals. Each class is limited in size so that your coach can offer personalised attention to each rider to ensure they remain on path and on target. The intimacy and purposefulness of the class environment makes for great collaboration, support and stimulation - truly a place to reach new heights!