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The Ride Fit™ Blog - Product & Workout Information

Below hopefully you'll find some interesting articles on our products and how to use them.

Weight Loss and Ride Fit™

By Gary J. Hawkins, Founder Ride Fit™

With New Year's Resolutions still fresh in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to remind you that the Ride Fit™ series of indoor cycle training videos are ideal for helping you loose weight. However, like many things doing one thing in isolation is not going to help - you need to adopt a more holistic approach to be successful.

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To DVD or Not to DVD, That is the Question?

By Gary Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

A picture of a modern cycling saddle.
Again a recent customer inquiry about Ride Fit DVDs raised some points we thought would be worth sharing. In fact, looking at this from a funnier angle it caused us to ponder, "To DVD or not to DVD, that is the question?" Thus, in this blog article I talk about whether a Ride Fit DVD is the right choice for you or whether you can more creatively use the Ride Fit downloadable product to meet your indoor cycling needs.

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High Cadence Riding With Pick It Up!

By Gary Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

Our newly released thirteenth indoor cycle training title, Pick It Up! (purchase HERE) represents a little bit of a departure from our earlier titles. For one thing Pick It Up! puts the focus on high-cadence, light-resistance tempo riding. This is the first Ride Fit title to focus exclusively on these cadences and it's designed to encourage users to strive for higher cadence levels for reasons that will be explained below. Secondly, the workout features "rolling-road" rather than first-person video footage. This happened a little by accident. We were scouting new shooting venues in Central California and came across the June Lake Loop just north of Mammoth Lakes off Interstate 395. Since the scenery was so stunning, we did not want to waste the opportunity of filming segments of this drive and without riders on hand, filming was done with a vehicle mounted camera. A YouTube trailer for this title can be found below - as always we'd love to hear your feedback.

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Introducing TrainerRoad - Add Real Time Data To Your Ride Fit™ Workout

By Gary J. Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

When we started Ride Fit™ a little over a year ago our aim was to bring affordable, structured and entertaining indoor cycling workouts to anyone that had access to a computer, tablet, iPad, smart phone, game console or DVD player. Our downloadable and DVD based indoor cycle training videos provide just this, allowing you to workout at home, in the fitness center, at a hotel gym or anywhere else you can take a portable media player. As we like to say, "Experience real rides, anywhere, anytime."

That being said, having talked with many of you over the last year we've realized that some of you want to enhance your workout experience further by having the ability to collect, store and review your workout data. To that end, about six months ago we started the process of integrating our workout videos with the folks from TrainerRoad. Now that process is complete we'd thought we'd formally share this exciting news with you.

TrainerRoad screen shot with Ride Fit workout video Master Blaster.

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Too Much Turkey!

By Gary J. Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

You know when a workout is not likely to go well when the day after Thanksgiving your wife compliments you on how rotund (not a word you hear too often) you look this morning and within ten minutes of starting your workout your heart rate is rapidly climbing out of Zone 3 into Zone 4. Add to this the insult of the fact that you're only doing our Beginners workout “Hola Madrid”. So was the case this morning when I hopped on the trainer for a little after holiday ride.

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Weight Loss and Ride Fit

By Gary J. Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

The other day a potential customer asked whether the Ride Fit series of indoor cycle training videos can help you loose weight. It would have been simple just to answer "yes" but it's not quite that straightforward. Doing one thing in isolation is not going to help you loose and sustain weight loss - you need to adopt a more holistic approach to be successful.

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One Workout Video, Multiple Workouts

By Gary J. Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

In my last couple of blog articles I’ve presented workout data collected while undertaking several of the Ride Fit workouts. The other day a customer asked at what point would it be appropriate for him to use our Advanced videos on his stationary bike. This started me thinking that really it’s possible at any point assuming you make some simple adjustments to your workout routine. To illustrate, I thought I’d contrast working out to the same video under different workout conditions. My chosen workout title was the Advanced Ride Fit title, Un Paseo En Bicicleta Perfecta.

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Spin Around Madrid Example Workout Profile

By Gary J. Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

My last blog article, Example Workout Profile for Un Paseo En Bicicleta Perfecta, created quite a lot of interest from our users. Thus, I thought you might like to see another example workout profile, this time derived by exercising to the Ride Fit Intermediate title, Spin Around Madrid.

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Example Workout Profile for Un Paseo En Bicicleta Perfecta

By Gary J. Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

You can experience your individual workouts and monitor your overall training program at a whole new level by monitoring your heart rate and other key performance indicators (KPIs), such as cadence, speed, generated power, etc. To that end, I recently fitted one of the Ride Fit test bikes with speed/cadence and power sensors, plus I wear a heart rate monitor (HRM) while undertaking a workout. I'll save a description of the bike sensor equipment for a future blog article but suffice it to say I can now collect all critical ride parameters for a given workout. Combine this with the ability of a cycling analysis program like GoldenCheetah and all of a sudden you can learn so much more about your performance on any given day and over time.

An example power profile from a Ride Fit indoor cycle training video.

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Resistance Settings For Your Indoor Cycle Bike or Bike / Trainer Combination

Abstracted from the Ride Fit Training Guide by Yafei Zhu, Ride fit™ Customer Support

Ride Fit videos display a digital dashboard that typically includes a target resistance setting, and/or the text-based instructions will inform you what resistance setting is recommended. Resistance settings used on Ride Fit videos fall into the following categories:

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How Ride Fit Came To Be

By Gary Hawkins, Ride Fit™ Founder

I got back into cycling fairly late; a second knee surgery forced me to give up racquet based sports and look for low impact way of keeping fit. I needed something else to combat middle age spread! As a teenager I'd ridden a lot (in and out of work for one thing), so I decided to try cycling again. I started with Spinning®, and while many instructors were very good I found I also wanted exercise programs that I could do any time to fit my schedule and that were more focused on providing a "road like" riding experience.

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