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Indoor trainer means two times harder??(6 posts)

Indoor trainer means two times harder??bisiklet
May 20, 2002 8:01 AM
I do alot of my trainings with indoor trainer because of my work schedule. Everybody says its two times harder. Well it gives you a constant workout. I read from a magazine saying if you do indoor training for half an hour that means an hour road riding. Does it make sense?
uh, noDougSloan
May 20, 2002 8:16 AM
I would not say that, unless you spend half your time on the road coasting.

It depends on the resistance you select. I would think that most people hate being on a trainer so much they just up the resistance to feel like they are getting a good workout in a shorter period of time. Then, it might be true.

No way to generalize, though.

well.. how about thisbisiklet
May 20, 2002 8:28 AM
Well for example yesterday I did a 3 hour 53x16 workout with the average of 82 rpm (I would say 70%-80% of my max heart rate) I have a fixed resistance so its like on the road flat path.. no coasting or no nothing.. It cost me one power bar and a gallon of gatorade lemon lime.. :)) You think its a double workout or its the same?
How to measure workKerry
May 22, 2002 5:24 PM
If you went on the road and did 3 hrs at 70-80% of max (the same workout you did on the trainer), then you'd be getting the same workout. Simple as that. Be careful that you're not confusing the exhaustion from all that sweating/dehydration with an actual workout. If I sit in a sauna or steam bath, my HR will go way up, but I'm not getting a workout. But presuming you've got a big fan going in front of your trainer (standard procedure - why would you not do this?) to prevent overheating, then a workout is a workout, regardless of whether it's done indoors or out.
Traffic lights, hills, corners etc...hayaku
May 25, 2002 6:22 AM
All reduce your pedaling time when on the road. In that way an hour on the road could be reduced by a large amount, maybe not half an hour but depending on where you ride it could be substancial. I think that is where the rule, two thirds as I've heard comes from. Also, on the road I have a tendency to slack off and enjoy the scenery. There's no way I could ride 5 hours on my trainer!

I do all of my LT work on my trainer, even if the weather is beautiful because it's the only place in my area that I can ride forever without any traffic lights or corners to slow down for. I find using a trainer very time effective, and I also find that it enhances the quality of intence workouts.

Well I got a little off track didn't I!

In my opinion, riding on a trainer is more time efficient as stated above and can give you 100% quality work. Because of that, if I ride the trainer when road work is on my schedule I reduce the time by a little less than one third.

And one more thing...hayaku
May 25, 2002 6:29 AM
This is me doing five minute strength sets. Qualityqualityqualitywork! Go hard!!!