Our group classes use road bikes with real-life videos and power-targeted training in a group setting! This is completely different to other training simulations such as Spinning, MyRide , etc. We use power profiles to precisely define the workout content, which has many advantages.
The difficulty of the ride is set by entering your own unique functional threshold power ("FTP" - your 1 hour maximum wattage, we will help you with this), so each rider in a group session may have a unique FTP according to their ability. The video then automatically adjusts the load applied to each bike, as a % of your personal FTP. Therefore all riders will execute the same workout at the same time, watching the same video display for the same duration.
Each rider receives exactly the same training benefit from the workout since it is linked to his or her unique FTP number. As a simple example, an effort of 110% FTP for 2 minutes feels exactly as difficult and has the same training benefit for a rider with a 200W FTP as another rider with 250W FTP, even though the first rider was forced to ride at 220W (110% of 200) and the second at 275W (110% of 250); each was exercising at 110% of their FTP.
The video will automatically hold you at your own variable power target, without you actually doing anything but pedal as hard as necessary to keep the wheels rolling. You don't have to make any manual adjustments or watch a number and try to hold it in-range, distracting you from the action. Indeed you have to be ready to respond to large or fast changes in power load, and our graphical interface and on-scren messages makes this very easy to understand. You pedal hard when the video forces you to, and rest when it releases. This way, you complete your power-based training on-target and on-time, every time!
We always present the video at normal real-time speed, regardless of your wheel speed. Remember, what matters most from a training perspective are power levels and your time spent at those power levels, distance and speed on a stationary trainer are irrelevant to your physical training benefit. If this sounds confusing, speak to us!
Our videos ensure that all riders in a session complete their workout at exactly the same time with the same physical benefit to each individual, as well as the same virtual reality experience. Nobody ever feels like the loser, nobody is ever less than the hero! You are taken "outside" and you feel nearly as excited as after an outdoor ride!
We also use music as an additional motivator!
Each rider feels like the hero in the video, the point-of-view cameraman!
An example of a power based profile:
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