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Periodization of spin classes(3 posts)

Periodization of spin classesSprint-Nick
Sep 14, 2003 4:14 PM
Sorry for another spin class post but I'm just looking for some input on how I can periodize a 4 month spin class program. My idea is to do longer intervals at first to build somewhat of a quasi base then as the program progresses work into shorter harder intervals that stress the anaerobic system even more.

Thanks for the input.

Bikes available outside of class time?pitt83
Sep 14, 2003 5:55 PM
There's your answer. Burn CD's you like, design intervals you wnat and presto! You get your tailored conditioning. No teen-age aerobice instructor armed with Donna Summer music (Is that an oxy-moron?) will give you exactly what you want to achieve. If you have cycling-specific goals, do them w/o class. If it's social and overall "staying in shape", classes are fine.

re: Periodization of spin classestheBreeze
Sep 15, 2003 6:08 AM
Here's one problem I have had periodizing the classes I teach. In general open indoor cycling classes have a fluctuating rider group. Not everyone is there for every class, and new people join "out of cycle" so to speak.
If you have people signing up for a 4 month program, then you can design your blocks for them. I have found that many people can't commit to the same schedule for that long a period of time. Work/family commitments can change, holiday travel time is approaching etc.
A more managable system might be 4 week blocks. Most people know what they are doing for the next four weeks. New riders could come in when a new block starts. I am considering starting something like this in the program I run. We would still have open classes where riders can come and go, but have the more structured blocks for those who are more serious about their cycling training. Remember, not everyone who comes to a spin class is a hard core cyclist. Probably only 50% of mine even ride outdoors.

Make sure you really understand what periodization is. Factor in those easy weeks. What's a "quasi" base? You either help these people develop an aerobic base or you don't. Besides, isn't time spent on an indoor bike better spent doing harder intervals, and then instruct participants to do their base "mileage" outside of class? Who wants to spend 60-90 minutes at a low intensity indoors? It's boring enough done outdoors.