As a cyclist, you're no stranger to the exhilaration of the open road, the rhythm of the pedal strokes, and the pursuit of peak performance. But did you know that the benefits of your ride can extend beyond the road? In this toolbox article, we will learn more about excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) and see if it’s a helpful tool for weight loss, or just a trendy fitness buzzword.
TOOLBOX: A common slang with bike racing is talking about burning matches, with each hard effort burning a match until you eventually run out of them and are cooked and dropped. While this analogy is popular, what is the actual science behind repeatability of efforts?
VO2 priming, also known as pre-conditioning, is a training technique utilized in sports performance to optimize aerobic capacity and enhance endurance. By engaging in brief, high-intensity exercise prior to the main training session or competition, athletes aim to stimulate physiological adaptations that improve the body's ability to utilize oxygen more efficiently during subsequent exercise.
Interval Training is popular in cycling and many other sports. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) involves short periods of hard efforts separated by low-intensity recoveries. Let’s dig deeper into how these workouts might help your fitness.
Like it or not, riding the indoor trainer can allow you to really control your workout and dial in intervals exactly as you want them without the worries of finding ideal terrain or dealing with traffic. So, which intervals should you do and for what purpose?
Not all intervals are created equal, even if the average wattage is kept similar. Making intervals that vary in intensity can make them really different from constant wattage intervals.