The debate over cardio vs. high-intensity interval training (HIIT) usually assumes that the issue is an either/or choice. In that debate, HIIT is usually compared to absurdly low levels of cardio exercise – not to the kinds of classes ICI-PRO instructors probably teach. This post explores the evolutionary value of combining cardio and HIIT. In his book Born To Run, Christopher McDougall reveals the blend of morphology, paleontology, anthropology, physics,
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FTP, a concept refined by power authority, Dr. Andy Coggan, is an estimation of the amount of work you are able to do in an hour. It serves as the basis for loads of other important metrics (e.g. TSS, CTL, ATL, TSB, etc.) that will be covered in future entries. Most immediately, the FTP value serves as the cornerstone to setting up training zones. Rather than asking athletes to
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The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Over the last 2 years I’ve been performing a FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test on the first Thursday and Friday of every month in every facility I teach in that has bikes with power. I have yet to have anyone complain or comment that I test too often or that the 20 minute FTP effort is too hard. What I have been told is how much
It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun AND training with a purpose. We’ve just completed the third week of our “The Power of 3 – Keep it Simple and Progress – Profile” for August. Now it’s time to do something crazy! Let’s pick a 60 minute mixes from one of the previous weeks, doesn’t matter which one. Let’s warmup for 5 minutes, then ride at maximum sustainable
After 37 years of waiting we finally have another Triple Crown Winner. I love horse racing, the beauty, the grace and the power of these animals is intoxicating. Over the last 37 years there have been many horses that have won 2 of the 3 Triple Crown races, but they have no one has been able to pull off the trifecta. The fact that so few horses have been able
Last week I wrote about how my simplest sets and profiles are most often my most popular. I have also found that if I simply progress profiles from week to week, usually in 3 week blocks, my classes enjoy the familiarity of the workout and see progressive improvement. To add progression to a block of workouts all you need to do is add time to each interval or reduce recovery
Gene Nacey from Cycling Fusion joins me to discuss a bunch of stuff including: Will ClassBuilder use the new Apple Music streaming service? Too soon to tell… Changes coming to ClassBuilder, now that Spotify has clamped down on premium (paid) iPhone Apps. Upcoming Android version of ClassBuilder Their new Level 3 Power Training Certification How can you become a Cycling Fusion Master Instructor and offer live Instructor trainings in your
The computer industry has an acronym: G.I.G.O which stands for: GARBAGE IN = GARBAGE OUT It refers to the idea that if your input data/information is inaccurate (GARBAGE IN), then any computations, using that inaccurate data/information can’t be anything other than GARBAGE OUT. Over the years I’ve come to believe that you should carefully consider G.I.G.O as it could apply to the Heart Rate & Power training you offer in
The more I teach the more I find that the simplest profiles are the most popular. I often put together simple profiles and I’m always worried that my participants are going to be bored, but the longer the intervals and the more I repeat each set the more they love it. This gives participants more and more opportunities to understand the set and perfect how they perform it. When you
While most of us are focused on adult fitness, Sally Edwards and her Heart Zones company are doing some pretty amazing stuff with middle and high school aged children – using display training technology to motivate kids and get them active 🙂 I love seeing active kids who are enjoying fun activities… they’re our future Instructors and participants! Use this contact form to request more information. Thinking many