Review: Indoor Training for Cyclists

Indoor Training for Cyclists

David Ertl has made an ebook about indoor cycling training that could provide you with tips and tricks for your indoor training sessions. Ertl is a USA Cycling Level 1 certified coach. This is the highest level of education as a coach offered by USA cycling.

Now let’s take a closer look on what Ertl has written about.

The ebook starts talking about the differences between indoor and outdoor training. Indoor training is not enough if you want to be a strong cyclist.

Ertl doesn’t try to hide this fact, though he illustrates the situations where indoor training can be helpful/adviceable. I think that is a fair presentation of the benefits and limitations with indoor training.

The following chapter looks at different ways to train indoor cycling (spinning, ergometer bike, rollers etc.)

Most cyclists are probably already able to train at least one place indoor, but for inspiration you can read about differents alternative to your preferred indoor training solution. This chapter is not the most interesting, but I think it’s mandatory chapter in an ebook about basic principles for indoor cycling training.

50 Different Indoor Training Workouts

After reading the first basic chapters, you will probably find the section about workouts much more interesting. There are 50 different workouts that are made specifically for indoor training.

I think there are several great programs that can be completed within 1hour of effective training. I like that. The workouts are themed so you can pick exactly the workout you are looking for.

E.g. If you want to do threshold intervals, just pick one of the threshold workouts and you will have a great and time effective training session.

Pros: There are more than 50 diffferent indoor training workouts in this ebook including recovery, leg speed, endurance, tempo, threshold, anaerobic, strength and power workouts.

The training programs can be performed using either heart rate monitor, power meter or just by perceived exertion. That’s great.

Cons: It’s seems a bit odd to recommend a submaximal test (for healthy reasons) when 2 of the 6 training zones are performed above this training intensity. The layout could be more user friendly. I would have preferred some graphic illustrations for the workouts.

Conclusion: This ebook is a cheap way to get some inspiration for your indoor workouts. The workouts are themed so you can pick exactly the workout you are looking for. Click here to buy Indoor Training for Cyclists now!

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  • Good review. I personally like the way David explains RPE and how you can use it in place of a heart rate monitor or power meter.

    Do you have any other recommendations when it comes to training indoors on a bike trainer?

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