What is CompuTrainer Indoor Cycling?
A CompuTrainer is the premier indoor bike trainer with a precision ergometer measuring power wattage and cadence. It’s what professional and avid triathletes and cyclists use to train hard and increase their fitness while riding indoors on their own bike. CompuTrainer is best in its class by a wide margin. It sets the industry standard for accuracy (± 2.5%), power (1500 watts max), quality, and service lifetime (10+ years). Exclusive performance features like SpinScan™ electronic pedal stroke analysis and Adjustable Aerodynamic Drag Factor are unique to CompuTrainer. Cycling and triathlon coaches worldwide use CompuTrainer as their primary testing and training instrument.
In our CompuTrainer Studio, you’ll bring in your own bike (road or triathlon bikes only) and first test your cycling fitness in a group setting with up to 8 athletes to determine your “functional threshold power” (FTP). Each workout thereafter you’ll get custom-tailored intensity workouts and virtual rides that will quickly improve your cycling fitness, endurance, and explosive power as you burn up to 1,000 calories per hour!
You can also experience simulated bike routes of any bike course in the world, including famous triathlon and Iron-distance events, or challenging climbs of the Tour De France. These training programs are a “must do” for anyone working towards a century bike ride, triathlon, or looking to improve their overall aerobic fitness while enjoying a fun group setting!
The first thing you'll need to do is perform an FTP test. FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power which is the maximum wattage a rider could sustain for one hour. Once we have your FTP, we can base all future workouts upon it.
As such, FTP is akin to threshold heart rate over a similar period of time, though FTP is more consistently reliable than threshold heart rate. Whereas hydration, fatigue, nervous energy, caffeine levels and daily rhythm changes can affect heart rate, FTP remains a more consistent measure of work output.
Andrew Coggan and Hunter Allen, the authors of the seminal book Training and Racing with a Power Meter, identify several ways to measure FTP. One sure way to establish functional threshold power is to do a one-hour time trial and measure your average wattage over this time period. Given the pain associated with such an effort, the authors have suggested another testing method to determine an accurate estimate of FTP: the 20-minute Critical Power (CP) test.
Custom Tailored Workouts
No matter what course or workout we have scheduled, it will be custom tailored to your ability based on your FTP. All 8 riders will be able to ride the same course, at a pace and intensity that fits their ability.
Data, data and more data
Immediately after each session, you will automatically be emailed a report so you can view your workout, as well as your overall progress. Custom reports can be created with virtually limitless data points.
Reap the Benefits Next Spring
Riding a stationary trainer and taking spin classes all winter can certainly help to maintain proper fitness, however there is no way to quantify actual improvement. Using FTP, and taking future FTP tests can accurately guage an athlete's fitness level over the course of the winter. The FTP number can then be used outdoors if the athlete is using a power meter.
Classes are approximately 90 minutes long. All riders will warm up for 15-20 minutes before the actual workout begins. Classes will be followed with a cool down spin. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your class time.
During the offseason, the first three weekdays of every month are reserved for FTP testing at the scheduled times. Scheduled classes will be replaced with FTP testing.
We offer 4 different class types:
ENDURANCE - rides last for more than 90 minutes and are designed to build up endurance for racing season. They will often follow long-course rides
INTENSITY - sessions will be either a series of intervals or a tempo ride designed to raise your heart rate and improve your power. During the intervals ride you will be asked to ride at 90% to 100% of your Anaerobic Threshold, during the tempo ride you will be asked to ride at 85% of your Anaerobic Threshold. These are intense but effective workouts.
OPEN - sessions are 90 minutes, with a workout approximately 20 minutes after warm-up and calibration. This ride will vary based on the group – it may be a course, a high intensity Sufferfest video, or a low intensity but high RPM workout.
ROAD COURSE - CompuTrainers allow for controlled resistance to simulate actual course routes. We'll typically use a 20-30 mile course depending on the group's preference.
|12:00AM ENDURANCE||10:00AM ENDURANCE|
|9:00AM INTENSITY||9:00AM INTENSITY||9:00AM INTENSITY||2:00PM ENDURANCE|
|6:00PM INTENSITY||6:00PM INTENSITY||6:00PM INTENSITY||6:00PM INTENSITY||6:00PM INTENSITY|
We have several pricing options to fit your needs:
Season Pass $400 - Unlimited use,valid from October 23, 2016 through mid March, 2017. Includes monthly FTP test, and 20% off training tire.
Monthly Unlimited $100 - From the first of the calendar month to the end of the calendar month, you may visit the studio as many times as you'd like. After the month ends, you will need to renew the following month. You may purchase at any time during the month, however you will only be able to attend through the end of the calendar month. Includes FTP test.
12 Session Punch Card $150 - You'll receive a 12 Session Punch Card. These sessions can be used at your convenience and do not expire at month's end.
Drop-In $20 - Drop in to any class with available space.
FTP Test $20- Private scheduled FTP testing. Limited availability.
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CAN I PARTICIPATE WITHOUT TAKING THE FTP TEST?
CAN I RESERVE A BLOCK OF TIME FOR A SMALL GROUP RIDE OR EVENT?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPUTRAINING AND SPINNING?
While both seem similar and offer the kind of camaraderie that comes with exercising with a group of like-minded folk, CompuTraining and spinning are different in some very fundamental ways. Here’s the breakdown: