Podcast Episode #33: Indoor Cycling, Spinning & Energy Drinks

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In this February 24, 2009 free audio episode, I have a 20 minute conversation with Jennifer Sage, a master spinning instructor, about her new book “Keep It Real”, and a huge number of tips, tricks and valuable information about indoor cycling and spin classes, including:

The mechanics of pedaling on a spin bike with a weighted flywheel and the huge implications it has on training techniques, cadence and pedal stroke

Which techniques are applicable to fitness, fat loss, and outdoor riding and which techniques you should sit out, no matter what your spin instructor says

How to select your gear or hill (resistance) and your cadence to best simulate what you do outside, adhering to the rules of “specificity of training”

13 popular movements that all cyclists (and non-cyclists alike) must avoid in indoor cycling classes, and why

How to increase your climbing skills and strength indoors

How to improve your endurance and maximize fat burning and aerobic base

How to change your program throughout the year (periodize) using indoor cycling classes

A comparison of heart rate training zone methodologies and how to choose which one works best for your specific goals

13 drills for indoor cycling classes to optimize your technique

9 high intensity interval profiles to maximize your performance

…and many more tips on how to make the most of indoor cycling classes!

This is a must-listen whether you're a spinning veteran or have never taken a spin class before. Here is a picture of Jennifer's new 14 chapter book “Keep It Real”, which you can instantly download to your computer for only $19.97 by clicking here. (After reading, I was amazed at how powerful indoor cycling on a spin bike can actually be).


Also In This Podcast Episode…

Free Training & Nutrition Information from Ben: Just click here to check out the special training and nutrition secrets section of the website.

Listener Q&A:

Nate asks: What is your opinion on FRS healthy energy drinks? Comparing it to other sports performance supplements is it a good training product or is it just another celebrity endorsed product that is ineffective?

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That's all for this episode! In the future, we have upcoming episodes on maximizing swim performance, a fat burning fitness secrets seminar, and a featured podcast with Lance Armstrong's personal physical therapist…

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5 thoughts on “Podcast Episode #33: Indoor Cycling, Spinning & Energy Drinks

  1. Mike says:

    Hi ben,
    I just wanted to take this opportunity to disagree with Jennifer Sage on a couple of points from a mountain bikers perspective.
    Keeping my body stable wile standing and sprinting is something that has helped me climb things I would never dream off before spin classes.
    High cadence sprints is something that I use all the time as a mountain biker.
    Finally, I like to view these classes as a race. Why else would you want to be working out in a room with a bunch of other people if not to push you that little extra. I can do a long easy cardio session on a tredmill on my own.

  2. ronnie says:

    looking for a good energy drink , do spinning classes but feel quite tired through the class . i am fit but recently legs struggle a bit during class

  3. harsha says:

    I don’t normally comment on blogs but your post was a real call to action. Thank you for a great read, I will be sure to bookmark your site and check in now and again.

  4. steve says:

    Hi Ben,

    I listened to this podcast and last year all I used was the low-cal FRS concentrate as an energy drink, but this year I tried the Delta-E and I’m having better results by far with the Delta-E.

  5. Greg says:

    Hi Ben-

    I listened to your podcast that included FRS because I was very interested in the ACTIVE ingredient, Quercitin. Instead I got what everybody knows about the woes of sugar and it’s substitutes. Why no comment on Quercitin?


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