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Nov 4, 2001 4:48 PM
I am considering buying one or some of those spinervals tapes to train indoors this winter. Can anyone tell me if they are any good? I don't want to buy a dud!
re: SpinervalsPaulCL
Nov 5, 2001 12:59 PM
Might want to check over on the "general" board for a post on Spinervals about 3 days ago.

but...I own several of the tapes. If, like me, you can't stand riding on rollers/trainer watching reruns of I Love Lucy or the 1985 Giro...then buy a couple Spinervals tapes. If, after an hour on the rollers, you haven't built up a good sweat, then buy Spinervals. If you find indoor training alone excrutiatingly boring, then buy Spinervals.

The tapes, from 50 to 90 minutes, will give you a great workout. You will sweat and get your HR up there. I have purchased or been given four of the tapes and they are all great. Start with "suffer-0-rama".
I'm giving it a tryCyclorocket
Nov 5, 2001 1:36 PM
re: SpinervalsHammer
Nov 7, 2001 4:51 PM
Thanks for the info. What do you think about the "uphill grind" and "No slackers" tapes? Do you have them?
Nov 8, 2001 8:38 AM
plus the "time trial" tape. My memory of them is not great since I got them for Christmas last year, used each one maybe 3 or 4 times, but haven't viewed them since February.

Each one of the tapes will make you burn. All of the workouts are done on trainers, not rollers. I have rollers. The tapes call for a lot of standing and cranking. I only fell off the rollers twice last year - not bad.
re: Spinervalsjschrotz
Nov 9, 2001 4:11 PM
I've used the Uphill Grind, Time Trial Special and Mental Toughness videos. They definitely dish out a good hard workout. The TT and Hill videos are pretty tough, lots of hard efforts with short recovery periods. The mental toughness video is long at around 90 minutes and not quite as intense as the other two, but still a good "ride". The only problem that I have with them is that the warm-up period is a bit on the short side. To remedy this I just spend 5-6 minutes warming-up before starting the tape and get a full 10 -12 minute warm-up before the real work starts.

As a side note, you can also get the Reoch-Zonneveld Indoor Cycling Program. It's got some good workouts for base training. (
re: Spinervalsclaw
Nov 13, 2001 6:12 AM
I have used these tapes and found them to provide motivation to get a good interval workout indoors. I searched Medline and found a study which divided riders into two groups. With motivational tapes and without. Those using these types of tapes worked harder than those who didn't.