Sunday, June 16, 2013

On the verge (Spinning Profile and Playlist)

Usually when fitness professionals talk about exercise and effort they talk about giving 100%.
Do it.
Don't give up.
Push harder!

What we're really talking about is not effort or Muscle Power, but instead Will Power.  And yeah you should absolutely give it all when talking about will power.  But for a Strength ride (SEZ) we want to stop at 85% of your MHR (Maximum Heart Rate).

I had the "opportunity" to attend Keiser bike training this week.  And "No!", I am not switching to the dark side, but I did go into the training with a open mind to see what I could learn here. Sometimes you learn something new to integrate into your own style, and sometimes you learn what complete and total rubbish is being promoted.  I was pleasantly surprised that the Kieser trainer was very good and I came away from the experience with an overall positive impression. My reason for attending is that the studio I coach at was recently purchased by LA Fitness International which is closely aligned with Keiser.

The Keiser methods are more "technical" in that they put so much coaching emphasis into using the computer on the bike that the participant actually becomes fixated on the numbers.  What it reminded me of was Rocky IV when one boxer is training to the machine and the other is using his passion to drive him through his training.  I heard a lot of references about how things related to a real bike and real cycling, but never during the coaching rides was there any visualization references.  We seemed focus on drills and wattage versus things like, "you're fighting against the wind", or "you're running a 3 person pace line and the wind is pushing back against you as your pull to the front."  So I'm thinking that is something missing from the "program".  My guess is this is the very part that  Gene Nacey's group, Cycling Fusion has brought together.  The technical with the real-world visualization and coaching.  Some day I'll get over to attend one of Gene's classes.

Having said all that, there are still a lot of clubs and studio's without the watt meters, be it the Keiser bikes or the all new Spinner Blade Ion.  What I think is the most critical component is you, the coach, to motivate and educate, regardless of what equipment you have.  You need to be able to coach using the tools available; if you have power available coach with it, but remember that it's a person your coaching not a machine so that connection is very important.

Strength Ride = 75 to 85% MHR
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