Our RideINSIDE classes are designed using the same training principles that coaches use to build workouts that improve performance for cycling and triathlon disciplines! There’s a lot that goes into the RideINSIDE program. But what you get out of the class is still largely up to you! Following the cues and working at the prescribed effort is just part of the equation. Up your game by following these 6 tips!

Improve Your Core Strength!

Cycling is all about having a strong and stable core. A weak core means you need to spend extra energy that could be driving the pedals around on stabilizing your body on the bike. Once a day in the morning, before bed, or at lunch (whenever you have 10-15 minutes of free time) do a short core workout. It doesn’t have to be much! Try a plank challenge! Do a one minute plank everyday for a week. Build on that week-to-week until you’re up to four minutes! Incorporate 2-3 set of crunches, with 15-30 reps per set. Or pop by Yogatown on Fridays for their Core Jam yoga!

Relax

Your instructors love looking around the room and seeing all those epic pain faces! It’s how they know you’re working hard! But those pain faces aren’t doing anything to help you turn the pedals. Try to keep your face, shoulders, arms and neck relaxed. In cycling we call it souplesse —the ability to make a hard effort look effortless. All that tensing up is just wasted energy. Make sure you’re not shrugging your shoulders into your neck, that your arms have a slight bend at the elbows, and that your face is relaxed. You can trick your brain into thinking an effort is easier just by trying to give the impression that it is! Fake it ’til you make it!

Pay Attention to Your Form and Body Position

Keep your head up! When we’re working hard we like to look down between our legs. That’s not helping you turn the pedals! Keep your gaze out in front of you. A good general rule is to look out on to the floor 5-6 feet from the front of the bike. Keeping your head, neck, and spine in line not only reduces the chance for stiffness and soreness but it keeps your windpipe open and inline for better breathing.

Take a minute to pay attention to what’s going on with your legs and feet. Are your knees tracking way out? You might need to move your saddle up a little! Are your toes pointed down or are your heels well below your toes at the bottom of the pedal stroke? The former means your saddle might be too high, the latter, too low! What’s happening inside your shoes? Does it feel like your feet are rolling out or in? Is one foot floating inside the shoe? These are all things you want to avoid. A good even pressure on the ball of your foot is key!

Improve your Pedal Stroke and Cadence

Some of our classes incorporate cadence drills to improve technique and pedal stroke but that doesn’t mean you can’t work on it on your own during class! We always recommend a minimum cadence of 90rpm. This alleviates stress on your knees and joints when working at higher wattages. It’s also more efficient! Take a minute to pay attention to your pedal stroke. Are you trying to pedal in perfect circles? Or are you stomping on the pedal?

On the downstroke try to pretend you’re scraping gum off your shoe and avoid pulling up on the pedals. Your foot should never leave the sole of your shoe or feel like it’s floating or pulling on the upper part of your shoe. But you should NOT be stomping either! Think of your pedal stroke like you’re pushing down from 1 O’clock and around to 7-8 O’clock. Let your foot ride the wave from 8 through 12.

Practice Getting Out of the Saddle

Some of our bikes are fixed, meaning you can’t stop pedaling and just coast as you would on your ten speed. These bikes make it easier to stand (and when you’re standing on a fixed, you really get a sense for what we mean when we say ride the wave).

Every now and then jump on a freewheel bike so you can practice freewheel out-of-saddle work. The important part about being out of the saddle is balance. You don’t want your butt way back over the seat nor do you want to be out over your handlebars. Think of the bottom bracket (the pivot point where the pedal arms attach) as your centre of gravity. Stay over top of that with a little bit of weight on the handlebars for balance. Keep elbows tucked and bent slightly. Turning up the resistance also helps you stand on the freewheel bikes but try to avoid adding so much that you’re pedalling through mud!

Stretching and Recovery

You’ll probably find that most of our instructors don’t do post-ride stretching. The primary reason is because there just isn’t enough time to really do a useful and meaningful stretch after a workout. Cycling isn’t a heavy muscular high impact effort like running so there’s not as much tightening and retraction of muscles. It’s best to spend 10-15 minutes (maybe during your core workout!) per day doing some good proper stretching and rolling.

At the end of class, during your cool down, you can aid in recovery by spinning easy but with a higher than normal cadence. This will help prevent seizing and keep your legs feeling loose.

It’s always a good idea to eat after a ride! Even if weight loss is your goal, proper recovery so you don’t feel sluggish throughout the day is important!

Enjoy the Ride!

No one wants summer to end.. but it does. And we just need to accept it. The upside is that RideINSIDE spin classes are coming back soon! The Lite schedule begins in September with the Full schedule coming into effect at the end of October! For those of you returning to RideINSIDE this year, you’ll notice some big changes to the spin room and spin class programming! We’ve done a complete overhaul to both!

New Instructors
In addition to the instructors you’ve come to know and love, we’re bringing in some new faces to accommodate our growing spin class schedule.

New Format
This year we’ve replaced our multi-week programs with a broader spectrum of drop-in style spin classes that better fit with your schedule! Now you can purchase class packs (or go unlimited with our monthly subscription) and manage your own training schedule!

Instead of the four-week rotation we did last year, we have set up a range of classes that will focus on different types of workouts and riding skills! We recognize that many of our RideINSIDErs are also athletes, so we’ve created programming that can be easily incorporated into an overall training plan. Our classes are suited to both those wanting to maintain fitness and workout with friends in a fun and interactive environment, while still being useful and challenging for those who are looking to improve upon their competitive performance in triathlon and cycling events!

Power-based Training
This is nothing new to our programs but we thought we should mention it anyway, since it’s what makes RideINSIDE unique! Unlike normal spin classes where effort can sometimes be too subjective, our spin bikes are equipped with power meters so you can see an objective measurement of your effort level. Not everyone has the same strengths and weaknesses and with our power-enabled bikes you’ll always know that you’re working within your own level of fitness. You’ll never feel like your working above or below your own ability!

New Classes
Our new spin classes have been designed by the coaches from Human Power Performance to be effective, fun, and challenging! But don’t worry! Your favourite instructor will still be able to add his/her own distinctive flair to the classes they lead! Check out some of new classes!

The Inside Ride
The classic RideINSIDE class we all know and love. This class covers all the benchmarks for training and improving cycling performance. Each week we’ll work on some aspect of cycling technique and use a mix of intervals at varying intensities to improve aerobic and anaerobic ability. This spin class is suitable for all skill levels and provides the foundation of a good winter training program. If there is only one class you will do, it should be this one!

Training Focus: Endurance, Aerobic Function, Cadence
Periodization Type: Base
Intensity Level: Low/Moderate

Throwdown Tuesday
A spin-off of our Interval Mania spin class, this short but challenging ride will tax your ability to recover quickly from hard efforts. Riders will work at higher intensities for short intervals in order to improve cardiovascular health, aid in short term recovery, and build strength on the bike. This spin class is best suited to experienced cyclists who ride 2-3 times per week regularly. 

Training Focus: High Intensity, Short duration power
Periodization Type: Build/Race
Intensity Level: High

Raise the Roof
This class is designed specifically to improve functional threshold power (FTP). Threshold power is considered the benchmark of aerobic ability. In this class we’ll focus primarily on sweet spot and threshold efforts with longer intervals of 8-20min. Occasionally we’ll replicate TT efforts and develop pacing strategies for TTers and triathletes. This class is must for triathletes and anyone with a penchant for funny looking helmets and aero-bars! 

Training Focus: Threshold Power, Muscular Endurance, Cadence
Periodization Type: Base/Build
Intensity Level: Moderate

Race Pace
This spin class is devoted to developing strength endurance through cadence drills and over/under efforts. VO2 max intervals will be a staple of this ride. You’ll develop the ability to tackle 2-8 minute climbs (think Pink Lake, Black Lake, and Fortune) and simulate fun race efforts in a safe and controlled environment. This class is tough but fun! 

Training Focus: VO2 Max, Muscular Force, Climbing Efficiency
Periodization Type: Base/Build
Intensity: Moderate/High

The Morning Hustle
Get up, get out, and join us at the studio for a morning refresher. Each week will be a different workout covering all the training bases. Riders will work on their form, cadence, and climbing ability in addition to becoming a stronger all round cyclist. This spin class is a great excuse for a big breakfast and a delicious coffee. Join this great group of early morning regulars for a great workout, great company, and great coffee. 

Training Focus: Endurance, Aerobic Function
Periodization Type: Base
Intensity Level: Low/Moderate

Shut Up Legs!
A longer version of our Raise the Roof class. In this spin class we’ll work primarily in the sweet spot, threshold, and VO2 max effort ranges in order to improve aerobic ability. This is the class that will make you a stronger faster rider! If you’ve ever been intimidated to join a group ride because you think you’re too slow, this is the class for you! If you’re TTer or triathlete and want to improve your bike split, this is the class for you! If you struggle to hang on to the PBC A-ride, this is the class for you!

Training Focus: Threshold Power, Muscular Endurance, Cadence
Periodization Type: Base/Build
Intensity Level: Moderate

The PBC Ride
Everything you love about our summer group rides taken indoors and out of the elements! Join a great group of fun and energetic people for this endurance focussed ride set to great music! A great way to spend a Saturday morning/afternoon during the harsh Ottawa winters! Formerly known as Enduro.

Structured Training Plans
We’ve teamed up with Human Power Performance to offer structured training programs tailored to your personal fitness and athletic goals. Combine at-home trainer workouts with our RideINSIDE classes for the best possible winter training program!

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