Anyone that understands periodised training properly knows that HIIT sessions need to be specific to the riding you are doing and need be done once you have built your base and strength to truly maximise their effectiveness. They are like the icing on the top of the cake. Getting it wrong only makes them end up being more like a short term solution for a long term problem, just like crash dieting is for weight loss. Sure, you get results, but they are only temporary and that’s not going to help you when you get out there on longer rides and need sustained power for hours. But the problems with HIIT sessions gets even WORSE…
If you haven’t done the foundation work first, these HIIT sessions make you super tired lulling you into a false sense of security of thinking that because you are tired from “training hard” you will get better for it. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Doing them too early and too often means that you are unable to back up your next session properly. HIIT sessions done at the wrong time in your program put you behind and rob you of weeks of good quality training. That’s not all. Doing HIIT sessions really hard teaches you to ride “sloppy” with poor form, because, that’s what you need to do when you are riding beyond your ability in a naive effort of hunting for some meaningless “personal best” in your living room. Save your personal bests for when you are out on the road, where it really matters.
We teach you how to deliver good quality, efficient and stable power to the pedals
We totally believe that home training sessions are the time for you to work on your technique. You want to use the limited amount of time that you have to train on your indoor trainer constructively. Good pedalling technique enables you to develop great quality power that you can deliver efficiently to the bike while under load. Not only do you become more efficient, you also become stronger too by taking advantage of the Matt Brindle functional strength training you are doing off the bike. Our interval training session are done at the right time and are specific to helping improve your aerobic strength and power on the bike. The power you develop is enduring and will carry you longer up a hill, into a head wind and further in a fast-moving cycling bunch.
Actual client data showing improvement in pedalling efficiency
“These two images show a dramatic change in my pedalling technique. The first one is about 5 weeks ago and the second is last week. I’ve managed to transfer this technique across to my bike, both on the trainer and out on the road. I’ve increased my watts/kg by 0.5. Along with this I’ve pushed the indoor training workouts. Concentrating on technique and recovery has increased my average speed on the road over 70km by nearly 3km/hr. I’m really starting to enjoy my cycling.” – Martin Bennie, comments on his pedalling improvement using our training program
Don’t Have A Home Trainer Or Don’t Like Home Trainer Sessions?
If you don’t have a home trainer that’s not a problem. You can view the indoor training videos then do the prescribed program on the road or a stationary bike at the gym.