14
Jun
10

ErgVideo Multirider Performance Training – How and Why it works!

CompuTraining Works

How many hours a week do you actually train? It’s a serious question. Think about it. We’re cyclists – recreational, competitive, triathletes, utility riders. But in today’s modern world, the difference between how many hours you PLAN on training versus the hours you actually GET to train, getting the most out of the time that you actually have available, is critical. Now for the next question… When you actually do get to train, how good is the training? The reality is that after we’ve headed out for our ride, there are SO MANY variables that can affect the quality of that ride, that it remains difficult to actually achieve that which you planned for, especially if you live in an urban area and have to deal with traffic or hazards.

The solution, of course, is indoor training, and nothing gives you a better indoor experience than using a CompuTrainer with the ErgVideo software.

The CompuTrainer is an indoor ergometer that uses a precisely controlled electromagnet to increase or decrease the load placed on a bicycle rider’s rear tire. When the load increases, the rider must match that load with power, known in our business as Watts. The ErgVideo software takes it another step, simulating an actual ride, and the nuances of wattage that are required to pedal around. The ErgVideo library has over 50 titles, so you can pick and choose workouts to suit your needs, be it intervals, race simulations, or adventure rides. More are added to the library every year.

The final piece to indoor training is found in comradery. ErgVideo and CompuTrainer allow for multiple users (up to 8) to perform the same workout, but to do it at their own respective wattage threshold. In other words, everyone will be doing the same 3-minute interval, let’s say, but one rider will be doing it at 350 watts, while another rider will be at 250 watts. Both riders will be at 115% of their respective thresholds.

The indoor training classes at the Cycling Center of Dallas are 12 week programs that go through three distinct “meso-cycles”, which basically means that riders will focus on one energy system per month, and will then switch to training another aspect of performance the next month. Testing for Threshold is done every 4 to 6 weeks, and as riders adapt to more intense loads, threshold values are adjusted so that they can continue to improve. Riders get a consistent location and environment, get a safe place to work out, and get a workout that is incredibly effective, giving riders the most “Bang per Buck per Minute” of any type of workout, indoors or out. Programs are 8 to 12 weeks long, and participants get a booklet describing each workout, it’s goal, and how it fits in to a bigger plan of progression and periodization.

While triathletes have known about the benefits of CompuTrainers and indoor training for years, It’s been rumored and confirmed that several professional cyclists, including Taylor Phinney and Michael Rogers, have switched the bulk of their intensity training to indoor training. The time they do NOT spend outdoors, is then spent recovering, and research is proving that in many cases, “Less is More”, especially among Endurance Athletes.

If you are a recreational or competitive cyclist, but have to juggle your schedule for training with work, family, church and travel, you might think about indoor training and the ErgVideo experience. Your power will improve, your strength will rise, and you’ll be able to ride at a higher speed, longer, because of the work done indoors. Two days a week, 60-90 minutes at a time, can yield improvements in power-to-weight ratios of 10 to 15%. It truly is ‘revolutionary’!

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