By Coach John Hughes Intensity training doesn’t mean hammering. It means simply training at the right intensities to improve your performance, i.e., pedaling somewhat harder than normal. Intensity training is like prescription medicine. If you take the right medicine you’ll get better. If you take the wrong medicine you won’t get better and you might even get … [Read more...] about 6 Kinds of Intensity Training: Which One Is Best for You?
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By Coach John Hughes Almost all recommendations for aerobic exercise are the same for adults ages 18 – 64 years and for adults 65 years and older. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults. (2009). In 2018 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published Physical Activity for Americans, 2nd ed. both recommend … [Read more...] about Anti-Aging: New Research on Intensity, Fitness and Longevity
By Coach John Hughes I’ve written two related columns on how hard exercise increases longevity: Anti-Aging: Interval Training Increases Longevity.Anti-Aging: Interval or Fartlek for Longevity? RBR reader Glen asks a good follow up question, “Can you explain the differences between threshold, sweet spot, and high intensity training? Your eBook Performance Cycling Past … [Read more...] about Anti-Aging: More on Threshold, Sweet Spot and High Intensity (HIT)
By Coach John Hughes Intensity workouts are like a prescription medicine. The right medicine in the right amounts improves health. The right medicine taken too frequently, or in the wrong amounts or the wrong medicine doesn't help you and may hurt you. I’ve written two related columns: 6 kinds of intensity: which one is right for you?Why increasing intensity is good for … [Read more...] about Intensity Done Correctly Produces Results
QUESTION: My cycling buddies say I should be doing intervals if I want to become a better cyclist. But I find them boring and painful. Can I just race on Zwift instead? - Landon J RBR REPLIES: Why ride painful intervals when you can simply race on Zwift to increase your fitness? If you're training so that you can race better, wouldn't it make more sense to just train by … [Read more...] about Zwift Races vs. Intervals: Which is better for fitness?