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Stationary Bike Questions(8 posts)

Stationary Bike QuestionsYellowlab
Oct 31, 2001 5:27 PM
I was wondering if many of you use the stationary bike in the off season for fitness and to keep the legs moving. If you do hit the gym and use a bike, what kindof routine do you go through. Flat out spinning at high RPMs, interval work, little of everything? how long etc.

I just wanted to know if it helps build aerobic fitness and helps your riding come the nicer weather or should I be doin other workouts to build my aerobic base over the off season.

As always thanks for your input
get RollersColombian Climber
Oct 31, 2001 6:11 PM
get rollers and you will:

- improve your fitness
- Improve your spin
- improve your balance
- make the wife laugh when you fall
- watch TV

My own behavioral modification program: I put the rollers in front of he TV and make a season long rule. I can not watch TV unles I am on the rollers. Win, Win, situation... if you watch TV you feel good because you are training. If you do not want to train, you feel good because you are not watching TV :-).
absolutely great idea....maximum15
Nov 1, 2001 9:43 AM
thank goodness I live where I can ride all year, but I may just try this piece of advice anyway.
I'm not smart enough for rollerscory
Nov 1, 2001 9:48 AM
I agree with everything Climber said, but only in theory. In practice, all I've been able to do with rollers is make my wife laugh. They haven't improved my balance or spin or fitness because I don't seem to be able to ride them at all... I gave up (they were only borrowed anyway) and went back to a mag trainer.
I'll agree rollers are better if you can do both, but a trainer's better for me because I can actually RIDE for 45 minutes instead of spending all my time trying to get started. I could learn to balance on the rollers, but I don't think I'd ever be able to read or watch TV--it takes all my concentration just to keep from falling off. On the trainer, I can catch the news and Jeopardy, so I'm inclined to stay on longer.
As far as a regimen...I pretty much do what occurs to me, alternating hard and easy, sprinting to the end of a commercial or whatever. I could be more efficient, but mainly I just use the trainer when it's too cold or wet to ride outside.
One question I never have answered is this: How come I can ride five hours comfortably on the road, but when I put the same bike with the same saddle on the trainer, my butt hurts in 10 minutes?
re: Stationary Bike Questionsdsc
Nov 1, 2001 10:46 AM
I have a Johnny G Spin Bike at home, which I use during the week. (Due to current work / school schedules, I can only get in decent length rides during the weekends.) I used to have a mag trainer, but no longer have the beater bike I used to put on it. Anyhow, I alternate spinning every other morning w/ weight training. On the bike days, I'll do 45 min (or more). Sometimes I do intervals, sometimes just go flat out. Depends how I feel. For now, this is enough to maintain base fitness, until my crazy schedule works itself out. Just wear your heart rate monitor while you spin, so you can adjust your workout accordingly.

-Debi
Johnny G videos CRACK ME UP :-)Colombian Climber
Nov 1, 2001 1:53 PM
They are good...but boy, is he over the top...:-). he is like a budist meditation coach on crack :-). ....Feeeeeel the spin..Visualizeeeeee the climb...beeeeee onnnnnnneeeeee with the biiiike"... funny guy he is.
Don't have that, but..dsc
Nov 1, 2001 1:56 PM
I do have 2001 TDF on tape. In my mind, I'm just like Lance... :)
you oughta talk to him in personColnagoFE
Nov 2, 2001 9:26 AM
He's quite a trip to talk to. Attended a "Super Saturday" with him in LA where it was basically a free-for all training for a day. Everything to tai chi like exercise on the beach (a new thing from him called jo-Sand) to running stairs, to Spinning, to hiking the canyons, to jumping rope. I think we started at 6am and it ended around 8pm. LONG day but fun and Johnny never stops going!