Last weekend I had the chance to experience my first CompuTrainer Bike class at ProBike Falls Church. Wow! What an eye opening experience. Whether you are a cyclist, triathlete or just looking to mix up your training a bit, there is lots to learn from a session in the saddle. Here are my 5 Takeaways from My First CompuTrainer Class.
5 Takeaways From My First Computrainer Class
Quick briefing: A CompuTrainer allows you to train on your own bike on a stationary platform. Large screens allow you to ride a simulated bike course while measuring your watts, heart rate, cadence and speed in real time. You can ride against yourself or another rider.
CompuTrainer classes are not spin classes
Spin classes are a walk in the park compared to this workout. A spin bike is much more stable and requires very little core engagement. Spin bikes just keep “spinning” until you stop them. You are in control of your resistance on in a spin class.
You cannot cheat or coast
If you are riding a simulated triathlon or bike race course, the CompuTrainer will automatically adjust the tension to match the hill incline and there is no way around it. You have to pedal up that hill just like you were actually on it. There is no coasting down hill either.
You will learn how to use your gears
Participating in a simulated course ride forces you to learn how to use your gears more effectively. You quickly realize when you are not in the most efficient gear.
Practice a specific course
Many CompuTrainer classes have the ability for you to simulate the actual bike course you will be riding or racing. You can see and feel the hills of the actual course in real time providing excellent training.
Work your weaknesses
Since you receive immediate feedback via the screen on our pace and watts, it becomes clear what your weaknesses might be and allows you to focus on them. As you are stationary, CompuTrainer classes allow you to work on posture and positioning on your own bike and make any necessary adjustments.
I do spin classes a lot and thought I was ready for prime time and would move right into tri season. I realized that I have a lot of cycling work to do this summer once I get outside on my bike. I learned a ton in just one CompuTrainer class. It was humbling and Ioved it. (Well for the first hour anyway) I was challenged in a good way and I hope I have the chance to try another class and maybe ride a course for a race that I am actually going to do.
Ever tried a CompuTrainer class? What did you think?