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Power TrainingScott Baryenbruch
Aug 25, 2001 6:29 PM
I am considering purchasing a new trainer for use this winter. What I am looking at is something similar to the Computrainer Pro-Basic but at lower price. I have looked at the Performance Axiom 3 unit but don't know much about it. Are there any trainers out there that will give fairly accurate wattage readings to be used for training? Which trainers like this are good?
Scott Baryenbruch
re: Power Trainingpmannion
Aug 27, 2001 10:07 AM
Believe it or not, I'm actually thinking of using the good ol LIFECYCLE at my local gym for wattage readings.

The only real thing I need from a power measurement device, is to determine power in watts at lactate threshold. I only need this measurement every so often (to guage progress).

Lifecycle displays effort in watts (as well as other ways)...I figure so long as it measures wattage the same from time to time, I should be OK. I'll do a conconi-style test where I up the effort (in watts) every 30 seconds, measure HR, and have a friend help me chart it out.

Big deal about the huge seat and sucky pedals (I can deal with tennis shoes). So long as the conditions remain constant, the data is perfectly valid. The whole test usually lasts less than 1/2 hour.

re: Power Trainingflava
Aug 27, 2001 10:22 AM
More than likely your position on the Life Cycle vs on your bike will be completely different. Position has a great deal to do with power output. You'll get good information as regards your power output on a lifecycle though. A timed-distance interval on your bike would be more valuable in this case in terms of gauging progress.
re: Power Trainingpmannion
Aug 27, 2001 10:45 AM
I currently use the Carmicahel-style 3 mile time trial "field test".

I see your point, but i guess if you're looking for hard numbers to use in a chart, then the lifecycle might be a lower cost alternative to expensive SRM based measurement. Also allows you to simultaeously do a conconi style test to guage LT, and a friend can help you chart out the data while the test is conducted....I sometimes fear that a time trial might not be an accurate guage of LT, especially at a short distance such as 3 miles.

If I have a helper, then I can chart out HR every 30 seconds, compare it to wattage output, and determine several things simultaneously without expensive software or expensibe HRM's
re: Power Traininglread
Sep 17, 2001 3:40 PM
Tacx basic ergo trainer is quite nice for the price. I owned one prior to getting a Computrainer, and it was pretty accurate.