indoor training

December 21, 2010

300 Jump-Lunge challenge

My wife and I were at a Christmas party last week, with a crowd of pretty fit folks. Everyone there was an athlete of some discipline, be it Tri, MTB, Football, what-have-you… So, of course the conversation came around to workouts, fitness, yadda, yadda, and then my buddy breaks out his laptop and starts passing it around, telling us all about this website, ‘Body Rock TV‘. Of course, at first the men in the room smile and the women groan, but like my buddy and his wife (who both do these workouts daily) say, the obvious visual appeal aside, the workouts are legit! In the wake of what I consider the P90X shock workout training strategy, Zuzana challenges Body Rockers to a new home workout each day. – Read More –

December 2, 2010

Off Season Work Out Motivation

No surprise to me but here it is, the so-called ‘off-season’ again, and I’m just not feelin’ it. Without the added motivation of upcoming races (and fear of embarrassment), I’m really not excited to keep workin’. I’ve even been passing up invites for group rides… You might call it a little bit of burn out, but I’m not too concerned, as the race season didn’t finish that long ago, and breaks are not only a good thing, but also necessary if you want to keep getting stronger and faster – not to mention if you want to stay interested in your sport. That said, I don’t want to sit on my arse for too long either, especially when I’m seeing so many comments on facebook go back and forth between fellow riders – Josh has been running and swimming, Peter’s out cross-country skiing, and Gord is still out riding as usual. With that in mind, here is a blog post by my friend Tyler, on finding ways to help keep up with that work out schedule, even when you’d rather just skip it. – Read More –

November 11, 2009

Global Rides – Climbing Sufferage in Italy

I got an email a few weeks ago from Gene Nacey – founder of Global Rides, a company specializing in “first person” riding experiences for indoor training – wondering if I’d be interested in giving one of his DVDs a test-run. Not being the biggest fan of training indoors, I agreed enthusiastically… I’m eager to try anything that helps alleviate the potential boredom of training inside on your own.

Global Rides has managed to pack a lot of nice (and thoughtful) touches into this DVD, and it’s apparent right from the menu. Right off the start you’re able to make the choice as to whether or not you’d like music, and if you’d like a coach guiding your ride. I’ve only used the DVD a handful of times, but I can already see that it will be nice to have the flexibility and variety of spinning to your choice of tunes, and/or to ride a slightly different program than the one that’s offered on the DVD. – Read More –