If you asked me 6 months ago what I thought about RPM sessions I would have said, “Not for me” these classes are designed for people looking to loose weight. Was I wrong. I had a problem that needed to be fixed, I was frustrated because I wasn’t getting the time I wanted out on the road and beacuse of that I wasn’t getting fitter or quicker on the bike. I needed a solution.
I figured I had nothing to loose so I rocked up to an RPM session ready to give it a solid go, which I did and as a result, I left the session with lunch in the back of my throat and a saturated shirt, not to mention a smile. What a buz. I was keen for more.
6 months later I’m addicted, why because of the results. Within a couple of weeks I noticed my body was recovering quicker after being smashed, my legs were getting stronger, my breathing was improving and to my surprise I was mentally getting stronger.
With a combination of RPM sessions and a couple of road rides I was fitter and faster than I had ever been before.
The RPM sessions are well structure with a mixture of sprinting, hill climbing and high cadence spins and generally go for around 45 minutes. They are designed to keep the heart rate up with very short recovery times. With a stationary bike you obviously don’t need to worry about balance. Less obvious? “You can really bury yourself on a sprint because you don’t have to worry about losing control of the bike or crashing,”.
You Have Control
On indoor bikes, you simulate climbs and flats by adding or removing resistance with the turn of a knob. This means that even flatlanders can build the kind of strength that comes from climbing. Just be sure to keep your RPMs up. “A good instructor will keep the cadence high enough to mimic riding outside. “You don’t want to drop below 60—otherwise, you might as well be doing the leg-press machine.”
You Can Groove
One thing you can do indoors that you can’t on the road (at least not safely): pedal to a beat-thumping soundtrack. A pile of research concludes that exercising to music distracts you from fatigue and increases endurance, so you can push beyond what you thought you were capable of. Once you break through a physical or mental barrier indoors, it directly translates to riding outside.