warm-up, perceived exertion

The Art of the Warm-Up, Part 5: Sample Warm-Ups for Workouts at Threshold

Our extensive series on warming up now focuses on the practical matter at hand: creating specific warm-ups for your cycling classes. 

Part 1 asked you to consider if you were warming your riders up properly for your rides.

Part 2 looked at the physiological variables.

Part 3 covered the disconnect between perceived exertion and heart rate.

The final three segments put it all together with eleven different warm-ups for thirteen different scenarios. Yes, that includes thirteen actual profiles! 

Part 4 delivered four different warm-ups for subthreshold endurance profiles and epic climbs. 

This article, part 5, provides four more warm-ups, this time for profiles that include threshold intervals of varying lengths, field tests, and time trials.

Part 6 will provide three more warm-ups for HIIT workouts above threshold, plus a varied loop profile.

Brent Buchwalter warming up prior to a mountain time trial at USA PRO Cycling Challenge, Vail, CO, 2013. You can bet he wasn’t just riding in Zone 1 or 2 during his warm-up!














1. Threshold interval warm-up #1



  1. Great article! Why do the boutique indoor cycling studios like SC instructor think the warm up is out the saddle?

  2. This is such an intelligent article. Thank you.

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