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The Ride Fit™ Blog - Training & Weight Loss

Below hopefully you'll find some interesting articles on indoor cycle training and weight loss.

Foam Rolling for Cyclists

By Tilda Loftin, Ride Fit™ Coaching Advisor and Co-Owner of Vital Effort Fitness

After a long bike ride or after a hard workout on your turbo trainer or stationary bike your body can feel sore and tight. Regular stretching exercises might not release enough tension and you might feel like you can't recover fast enough. If this is the case, then foam rolling might be the solution for you! The foam roller can give you fast relief and help you get back on your feet quickly! I'm not going to lie, however, it's not the most comfortable thing to do but the results are amazing! As the old saying goes, "there's no gain without pain."

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Heart Rate Verses Power Based Workouts

By Gary J. Hawkins, Founder, Ride Fit™

We received a great question from Bill R. and thought we'd share our answer to him for those who might be asking themselves the same question. So Bill's question was as follows, "I was looking for another Ride Fit™ video with heart rate announced on the screen like Fiesta Island Fun but could not find one. Do you offer such a title?"

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Keys To The Indoor Trainer

By Greg C. Moriates, Guest Contributor, Athlete and Coach

We all love the change of seasons. Fall brings us a beautiful backdrop of leafs changing color, cooler temperatures and less humidity. These are perfect riding conditions. But wait-a-minute! For the cyclist, that also means less daylight = less outdoor riding = TRAINER HELL!

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Great Strength Training Exercises For Cyclists

By Tilda Loftin, Ride Fit™ Coaching Advisor and Co-Owner of Vital Effort Fitness

The Fall is approaching, days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to get colder. After the outdoor season is over, hopefully you'll all get some much needed rest and then be ready to kick off Fall/Winter training. This is a good time to add some extra strength and resistant training to your exercise schedule. Strength training will not only make you stronger and a better cyclist, it can also prevent injuries so it's definitely an important part of your training regime.

Here are some tips on how you can make the most of your strength training and be a stronger cyclist next season.

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New to Indoor Cycling - We've a Training Plan for You

By Yafei Zhu, Ride Fit™ Customer Support and Tilda Loftin, Ride Fit™ Coaching Advisor and Co-Owner of Vital Effort Fitness

Cartoon relating to developing a beginners indoor cycle training plan.
Like many of our recent blog articles, the idea for this post came from a customer inquiry. So, a big thanks to Ole from Denmark who asked, "I have just set-up my training bike and I'm considering purchasing your Beginners Combo Pack. I have downloaded the training guide but did not see any training schedules. Do your videos come with a training plan?"

If you've downloaded the latest version of the Ride Fit™ Training Guide (and we very much hope you have), you'll know we currently don't include any training plans. I explained to Ole that one reason for this was that the wide ranging abilities of our individual customers makes it almost impossible to offer a limited number of training plans that fit all needs. I pointed out, however, that one of the cool things about the Ride Fit™ series is that the rides are "calibrated", which is to say assuming you maintain the same gearing/resistance mappings from title to title then the workouts get progressively harder as you transition from Beginners, through Intermediate to Advanced. However, Ole's question set us thinking!

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Test Riding Your Technique Outdoors

By Brian Maldonado, Guest Contributor and Owner of Précis Velo

The time to take the bike out for the inaugural Spring ride is approaching, the moment of truth. The transition from trainer to road riding should be seamless as far as technique is concerned. Practice the pedaling technique I discussed in the last article on the flat segments of road and keep the eyes on the road ahead. Wally will be nipping at the heels and follow through with the movement of the torso, the hike of the hip and driving the knee upward and then forward.

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Testing and Cycling Performance Simplified

By Greg C. Moriates, Guest Contributor, Athlete and Coach

You've all heard the old saying, "there's more than one way to skin a cat". Well, the same goes for the definition of Training Zones (TZ). In this article, Greg Moriates, athlete and coach, provides his take on this subject. This includes the definition of the zones, a testing method and how to translate the results back into your own personal TZ's.

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The Abominable Indoor Trainer: My Best Training Partner

By Anne Samplonius, Guest Contributor and Cycling Coach

Anne Samplonius, silver at the 1994 World Championships in the individual time trial and countless National Canadian Championship medals
photo by CanadianCyclist.com
I am Canadian. I was a professional cyclist for 20 years and I know all about training indoors. My winters were a balance between donning ridiculous layers of clothing just to ride outside for a couple of hours to sweating liters inside in half that time despite the largest, loudest, baddest fan I could find positioned a few inches from my nose.

All my specific, intense workouts were done inside. So you can imagine the amorous memories I have of this personal pain machine - my vintage 1998 Computrainer. This year I am entering my first year of retirement from a successful professional cycling career; I still ride that same Computrainer (it is going strong - better than me) and I still ride it hard. I must be nuts.

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Coordinating the Body to Improve Pedaling Technique

By Brian Maldonado, Guest Contributor and Owner of Précis Velo

In the previous article I covered the basic elements of the pedal stroke, which was subdivided into quadrants. Essentially, the legs need to accomplish opposite tasks; as one leg pushes down on the downstroke the other needs to pull up, when one leg pushes back on the backsweep the other needs to scoop the frosting forward. Perhaps more importantly, I hope you had the opportunity to practice relaxing the arms and shoulders as you rode on the trainer. If you made gains in this area, then you may be ready to take advantage of the next step in improving your pedal stroke.

That next step calls for a bit of visualization and creativity. Let's take a trip by an imaginary swamp (bear with me). Wally (a friendly sort) is the resident alligator; he does enjoy nipping at the heels of unsuspecting cyclists. The instinct to Wally's nip will be to move the upper body away from him, hike the hip up and pull the foot from his grasp. When done correctly Wally will have to look elsewhere for a snack.

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Indoor Trainer And Pedaling Technique

By Brian Maldonado, Guest Contributor and Owner of Précis Velo. Posted December 31st, 2012

Learning good pedaling technique is an essential part of cycle training.
It's that time of the year to mount the bike on the indoor trainer for the winter months; perhaps some of you are well ahead on that count. Mix things up with a variety of activities that involve cross training and strengthening if need be. We are all well familiar with the physiological benefits of aerobic workouts on the indoor trainer.

The goal for the session may be to "to reach this or that heart rate or this level of exertion" or "this wattage". As you embark on your pedaling effort, you may want to ask yourself "Just how well am I pedaling the bike", "Does it matter?" or "I have a smooth pedal stroke anyways".

There are no easy answers to these questions, but a look back at the past summer bicycling activities may help provide an answer. How do your climbing skills rate? Does that small climb in the horizon get the best of you? Do you look forward to the headwind section?

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A Turbo Trainer Can Be Your Friend

By Yafei Zhu, Ride Fit Customer Relations Officer

I know most cyclists would rather be out on the road. There's nothing better than the wind in your face, beautiful scenery rushing by, the thrill of chasing down another rider or the feeling of achievement of recording a new personal best on your favorite hill climb. That being said, there are some very good reasons to do at least some of your cycle training indoors - even when the weather is nice enough for riding outside. Then factor in the times when the weather is horrid or you're too busy at work to make it home during daylight hours and already you might start to see the benefit of training at home. This article will hopefully convince you that a turbo trainer should be part of every keen cyclist's arsenal of training tools.

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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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