That being said, these options are still generally only used by competitive cyclists. The training and interpretation of results are not for the recreational rider as there is a fairly high learning curve or “confusion factor”. The entire field has its own vernacular with terms like Coefficient of Drag (CdA), Normalized Power, Critical Power, Functional Power, Maximal Accumulated O2 Deficit (MOAD), etc. In addition, indoor cycling or Spinning® classes right now are still generally void of any training tools on the bikes, let alone power meters.
Nevertheless, the trickle down affect of this power craze has also found its way into the indoor market with the latest bikes designed for group cycling. There have been few innovations in the past few years, but with the spate of bikes on the horizon in 2009, everything is about to change.
“Three years ago when I opened Global Ride, I could only find 2 manufacturers that offered bikes with power. Now there are at least 6 on the market. These bikes now have heart rate monitors built in as well, so training tools are finally making their way indoors.” Said Gene Nacey, owner of Global Ride Training Center
This is great news for cyclists, even recreational riders, since power training will do more to help bicyclists than any other tool in their arsenal for one important skill; hill climbing. Even though many participants of indoor classes do not ride outside, their desire to improve their fitness, gain strength, and lose weight is generally universal. The one thing that holds them back though, is that bikes without power meters have no gauge or indicator to show how much resistance they are putting on the wheel. As a result, indoor riders can put in hours of Spinning® each week, and see little to no increase in strength or power (pools of sweat notwithstanding)
With the industry on the cusp of entering into the “power zone”, Gene Nacey has created a completely new approach to training indoors with power, directed at the non-competitive population of recreational riders and non-cyclists. Gene has teamed up with Sally Edwards to make this into a brand new Power Certification for indoor cycling instructors who will soon be faced with bikes with power meters and the need to both teach, and interpret them for their students.
“Gene has created a system that not only anyone can learn, but anyone can teach. He has demystified the numbers, translated them to everyday language and analogies, and added an entire new dimension to conducting indoor classes. Power training isn’t just for the pros anymore. We are delighted to imbed his methodology into our overall Heart Zones system of cycling instructor certifications.”
A complete agenda of the two day workshop and book signing can be found at http://www.globalride.org/
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Global Ride Training Center is the only Indoor Cycling facility with power meters in the Pittsburgh area. Yoga, Pilates and strength training classes are also offered almost daily. Global Ride specializes in training cyclists and triathletes. Global Rida also conducts Metabolic Testing for weight management and max VO2 training. . All pricing, class schedule and instructor profiles can be found online at http://www.globalride.org