The Different Terrains

As I mentioned above a ride consists of different terrains.  The class and the instructor experience the changes in the road together.  The following is a list of the different types of terrains you might include in your indoor cycling class.  Use your imagination!  If you have any more suggestions... let's add it!

Flat Road Hill Rolling Plain Dirt Road
Winding Road Grass Ice Down Hill
Snow Gravel Race Track Rocky Road

During the class sometimes its fun to give the participants something to visualize.  This helps them to understand how hard they should be working.  For example, sometimes I will vary the terrain.  Such as sprinting 1 minutes on a flat open road, followed by a 1 minute struggle on a dirt road.  Of course the dirt road is much harder to bike on, therefore we increase the resistance allowing them to feel the CHANGE of the terrain.  Other times I would make them imagine that they are on ICE.  I ask them to visualize the tires just slipping, not catching the ground.  At this point, they are cycling with very low resistance.  Their legs are zooming around fast pretending to get off the ice.  Those are just a few examples.

Note:  If you have any suggestions you would like to add, please email us.


 


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