Friday, November 2, 2012

Oh crap...Enya. How do I sneak out of here?

So I announced this week that I'll be bringing back Endurance rides to the gym that I teach at.  I had gotten away from them over the summer because...heck I don't know why other than I was being lazy and I recycled a lot of rides, and I find EEZ rides to be the most exhausting to teach.

So why do I find them exhausting?  
It's a very technical ride constantly monitoring your heart rate, cadence, resistance.  It's easy when I'm doing the ride for myself, but getting an entire class on the same page, that's much more difficult.  So many of those coming to the big box gyms feel that they've cheated themselves if they don't leave a puddle of sweat behind for the cleaning crew. If you've read the article I recently posted, then you know that couldn't be further from the truth.

So your job as a fitness professional now shifts from instructor (simply giving instructions) to teacher (providing an educated reason for what your doing.)

Now back to Enya...As soon as I announced at the beginning of my class, like I do every single class that we were doing endurance there was an audible groan.  I simply winked at them and asked them to trust me and give me a chance.  

First know that I believe very few instructors lead EEZ rides especially at a big box club, probably because they think the class will rebel. Most people think of EEZ rides as 45-60 minutes strictly in the saddle with monotonous music, hence Enya.  In fact that was exactly what one of my participants expected, having done EEZ only once before and that's what was played the entire ride.
"...rides are defined by their heart rate response..."

Okay, time to dispel with preconceived notions.  The rides are defined by their heart rate response, not by the music or movement.  The heart rate parameters for an EEZ ride is 65%-75% with little variation, but the Spinning "Bible" also provides for extended parameters of 65% -80% of your MHR.  I always teach to the extended parameters because it gives me some room to play.  My objective is to stay consistent within 5%.  So what can you do with 5%.  Well, you can stand up for one, you can do mini-breakaways, jumps etc... as long as you don't do them too long.    What does this gain you?  Variety.  It lets you get out of the saddle, give your butt a break, and keeps the ride from becoming boring.

So what happens if you allow your heart rate to spike too high because you stayed up too long?  Then you've given yourself a really great Interval ride, staying aerobic the entire time.  And if you add to much resistance, who cares, you just had a great Strength ride.  The point is that you're staying in the Fat burning zone more, and just maybe it will motivate some to invest in a heart rate monitor.

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