New Master Class and Quick Profiles: Three-Peat Intervals: Rock ’n’ Roll Style

This may become one of my most favorite profiles. It was a blast to put together and a blast to teach. I used all rock ‘n’ roll songs for this profile—and my class loved it, but I also plan on doing it again in a few months with a completely new playlist. Not to worry—I’ll repost the updated one on ICA so you can use this profile again and again. One of my goals here on ICA is to highlight how you can take our profiles and use them as a template to create many new profiles, simply by changing the music and perhaps a few elements such as tempo and duration. 

This will make your life as an instructor so much easier, saving you dozens of hours when putting profiles together.

Fair warning about this profile…it is definitely a very challenging ride. The intervals are in Zones 5 and 6…not for the faint-hearted. I include a fair amount of cueing suggestions on how to give permission for riders to back off or sit one (or two or three) of the intervals out. 

It’s called Three-Peat Intervals because you repeat each of the intervals three times in each set. That’s your three-peat—rock ‘n’ roll version. 

Because some of you have power and some do not, I have provided two downloadable versions for coaching this profile. One is with power cues and the other is using solely perceived exertion for when you don’t have power meters. The power-based profile is long-form with lots of cueing suggestions and more in-depth detail in the introduction. The RPE-based profile is our Quick Profile (shorter) format. I suggest that you download and read both of them so you can expand your cueing; I think you’ll gain tips from each of them.

The power profile is presented as if riders are new to power and have not yet taken an FTP test. While zones are given for each segment, they are not provided as a target in the cueing. Instead, average power in the first interval of each set is used as a target.

Because of that, this power-based profile is perfect for those who are new to teaching with watts. It will help you introduce your riders to their wattage potential and how their effort—as demonstrated in their average wattage for each interval—can increase when the duration of the interval decreases. It will also teach them to focus on their need to take a break if it’s necessary. I think this is one of those things that is often left out when instructors coach HIIT classes—reminding riders to pay attention to the signs they should take a break and remembering that no one else cares or is judging if they do.

Of course, if you and your riders have already done FTP testing and have training zones, you will still enjoy teaching this profile. Simply cue the targeted zone for each effort and augment your coaching with the provided cues. Your riders will already know what their Zone 5 watts are; they will still be challenged to increase their average as the duration decreases.

Please let me know in the comments what you think of this profile. If you create your own playlist, we’d love to hear what songs you used. It could be fun if we had a version of this profile with all pop music, all retro music, all electronic, etc.! 

4 Responses to “New Master Class and Quick Profiles: Three-Peat Intervals: Rock ’n’ Roll Style”

  1. GinaGordon says:

    I changed this up a bit to fit the format I was teaching which is a Spin and Tabata(on the floor) class. I did three sections of 3-2-1. The power output and energy were great not to mention the class LOVED the music. I will definitely use this again!!

  2. Marc Schlosberg says:

    This was an absolute hit – class loved it!

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