Training DVDs

EpicRIDES Tucson - Mt. Lemmon Training DVD

epic tucson mt. lemmon graphic.web These videos work well as an addition to your indoor trainer workout training regimen.  I personally wouldn't use these for every single workout, but they certainly can add much-needed variety. Also, these workouts could end up costing you more than the suggested retail price. I now want to go to Tucson and ride Mt. Lemmon. No doubt you'll want to check out the real-life locale of whichever epicRIDES videos you plug into your DVD player or download on your tablet.

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Spinervals Hardcore 100 DVD

If you've read RBR's training advice over the years, you know that we don't advocate long trainer rides. Our philosophy has always been: warm up, do a structured, high-intensity workout, cool down and get off. One hour, tops. The alternative is boredom. Because trainer rides make time pass very, very slowly, trainers are good for hard workouts but not for building endurance. It's better to do that with outdoor winter workouts like cross-country skiing, running or snowshoeing if roads are too dangerous to ride.

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"Race Day" Training DVD

I'm always looking for a product to make indoor training more bearable. Probably like many of you, I ride the trainer only when I can't get on the road. But hammering on the devil machine is undeniably good training. You can control intensity, climate and duration. Flat tires are rare and unless your pooch takes a liking to nipping at your heels while you pedal, doggie dangers are nonexistent. Having a visual stimulus is the most effective way to make the timeat least crawl faster.

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Spinervals Indoor Cycling Workouts

I figured I'd hate Troy Jacobson's indoor workout tapes. I don't need a coach to plan my training or exhort me to greater efforts. Even though Jacobson -- a cycling, running, multisports coach -- has been creating Spinerval indoor workouts since 1992, I'm plenty capable of figuring out what I need to do. Right? Well, yes. But after suffering through several of Coach Troy's indoor workouts, I found that I got a perverse enjoyment out of hammering along to his idea of fun.

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CTS Fitness, Cadence, Power DVDs

I'm not a big fan of indoor cycling (although I do use a big fan) but I forced myself to train once with each DVD. Each features a different CTS instructor walking and talking among six fit cyclists on Specialized road bikes mounted to Blackburn TrackStand Ultra trainers. It's a somewhat clinical, white-room setting that's unchanged from DVD to DVD. Only some of the people are different. The instructor calls out the next element of the workout -- when to start and to stop -- while on-screen displays indicate the preferred cadence and intensity level.

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