Establishing Training Zones Using a Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP) Ramp Test

We’ve provide you with a detailed class profile for you to conduct your own MAP (maximal aerobic power) ramp test, including the protocol, the coaching, the music, and a downloadable spreadsheet which will estimate FTP and your riders’ power training zones. This is a viable alternative to the 20-minute FTP test, which requires a solid understanding and ability to pace one’s effort. Pacing isn’t an issue with this test.

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Estimating Functional Threshold Power

Learn about the four practical ways to estimate functional threshold power using a shorter, less strenuous time trial.

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Functional Threshold Power: What it Is and Why it Matters

If you are fortunate enough teach in facility with bikes that have power meters, you might be wondering about how to use this tool most effectively in your classes. The first step is to establish a benchmark value to help define intensity and structure class profiles.

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5 Ways Power Training Will be a Game Changer in Your Indoor Cycling Classes

Unfortunately, many instructors and participants are intimidated by power at first because they think it’s too technical, too complicated, or only useful for “serious” cyclists. But once you understand the basics, it’s actually a very straightforward tool, and a great way to challenge and engage participants, regardless of whether they ride outside or not. Here are five ways teaching with power will be a game changer in your teaching.

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Calories: What You Need to Know Now

With the New Year upon us, you will be getting a LOT of questions about calories burned in your cycling class. How much do you know about the calorie estimates you see on your heart rate monitor, computer console, or power meter? Are these estimates accurate? Here is everything you need to understand how the wrong information—or faulty understanding of the data—can lead you or your riders to believe they did more work than they actually did.

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Turn Base Building on Its Head

Is base building all it’s cracked up to be? Is it something you should be focusing on in your indoor classes? If so, how? If not, what’s the alternative?

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Understanding the HIIT Hype

Last week we shared an article comparing the benefits of HIIT and steady-state training. This week we follow up with a look at some of the hype surrounding HIIT, especially the concept of EPOC. As fitness professionals, it’s important for us to understand the science behind the hype, and to use that science to help our customers and clients safely and effectively reach their goals. Here are some tips for effectively incorporating interval sets into your ride profiles.

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Steady-State Cardio vs. High-Intensity Interval Training

Jennifer Snow Ashbrook has a skill of uncovering very relevant articles that can help indoor cycling instructors in their quest for knowledge, so they can better teach their own students. This article that Jennifer found helps you understand the importance of both steady-state and HIIT workouts.

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