In our world of indoor cycling training, there’s a potent training objective that taps into the muscle fibers responsible for generating force. These workouts maximize strength and force development through slower cadences at higher intensities. Introducing “Hillacious,” a strength ride by our very own Karen Cruz with this very objective.
I created this profile In Honor of Mountains to celebrate International Mountain Day on December 11, but, of course, good climbing profiles with great music can be used any time of the year. Almost all of the songs are based on the theme of mountains and being “on top of the world.” 2023: A NEW ALL-CLIMBING VERSION OF THIS PROFILE HAS BEEN ADDED!
EDIT: We have an eclipse on November 7th, 2022!
May 16, 2022, is the next total eclipse of the moon. Use this threshold climbs profile and playlist to celebrate this celestial event. Also included is a bucket playlist of over 200 songs about the moon, earth, stars, and planets. Feel free to switch out a few songs and use this profile for any full moon throughout the year.
Riding rolling hills on a bicycle can be a thrill, especially when they are short and continuous. Because of this, they translate beautifully into indoor cycling classes. But teaching rolling hills is more than just alternating a climb with a “downhill.” To coach them in an authentic way, it’s important to understand how a cyclist would approach them, how gravity will affect your speed of ascent, and how cyclists take the descent. Then you need to know how to use the energy of the music to define your ups and downs. They are so much fun that your riders will be asking for them by name!
Pedaling at lower cadences with higher resistance develops leg strength the same way lifting a heavier weight in the gym increases muscular strength. Today’s profile consists of hill repeats that focus on developing leg strength through strength endurance training. l often use recovery songs that are from one artist and album—I think you’ll enjoy the ones used in this profile.
This challenging mind-body profile (from my presentation at the 24-hour indoor cycling marathon) includes three long climbs with powerful and motivational cueing. Each climb is devoted to a different focus or emotion that cyclists feel when riding. The first climb is love; the second, soul or spirit; the third, feeling free. Each of the songs used in the climbs reflect these emotions.