How to Cycle Smarter
Equinox Greenwich instructor Webb Travis shares top 3 cycling tips
This year, cycling has stepped up its game in Fairfield County with new, creative and exhilarating additions to the traditional cycling workout. Equinox Greenwich Instructor Travis Webb Shares his top 3 cycling tips with ilovefc.com readers for maximum performance including measuring your wattage, challenging yourself and properly knowing your RPM range.
People want to know what their cardio output is through a goal oriented performance based ride. All of the new Schwinn bikes at Equinox metro are now capable of measuring wattage. Cyclists want to be able to measure how hard they are working out and brag about it. With wattage being measurable, if correctly calibrated, you are able to have bragging rights among other riders.
Calibration of Watts
The big cycling trend with bike monitors is the calibration of watts. Once your bike is calibrated, it's a game of one on one. On top of being able to calibrate watts, you need to know your RPM’s and your intensity level so you can understand where your wattage is. In general, your ride should focus on the intensity alongside of the RPM’s for the proper ride.
When your intensity goes up, your RPM goes down. Trying to sprint out at high intensities is nearly impossible. In order to effectively measure speed and performance, you want to measure RPM’s. For people trying to beat their speed, you have to measure the RPM’s from the previous ride to challenge yourself to beat it the next time around. Schwinn cycling bikes don't have gears you can turn up, but rather an intensity knob. I tell my riders to find the light side of the intensity on their wheel and to match it up with 80-90 rpm’s as their starting gate. As the Intensity goes up, the RPM’s go down. Using this method with the calibration of watts, you can challenge yourself and try to maintain or beat your wattage every time you get into the cycle studio.
Join the cycle craze! Throw on your favorite cycling gear, grab a water bottle and head to Equinox to experience our cycling classes.
Webb Travis is a Tier 3+ personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Equinox CT
16 Old Track Road, Greenwich; 203-863-0070