Spin Bike Workouts Give Cyclists Options

October 15, 2019

If you’re stuck inside or want to step up your intervals, doing a spin bike workout is a great way to get some solid work in in a short amount of time.

Bicycling Magazine posted a story about three good spin bike workouts if you are riding solo inside. They could also be used for a bike on a trainer.

The Indoor Workout of Spin Bike for Speed

No hills here: This 30-minute workout was designed for high accelerations at low to moderate resistance.

  • 3-minute warm-up at light to moderate pace in the saddle and third position
  • 30-second sprint followed by 30-second easy cycle; alternate for 6 minutes
  • 3 minutes at moderate pace in saddle or third position
  • repeat previous 2 steps for a total of 3 rounds
  • 3-minute cool down at an easy pace

The Tabata Workout

In the aspects of spin bike workout, this type of HIIT workout, the intervals are intense and quick with a small recovery window.

(This is the type of class I typically do when I’m teaching the Cycle class.)

  • 5-minute warm-up at light to moderate pace
  • 8 x 20-second push in third position with moderate resistance followed by 10-second recovery
  • 1-minute recovery in saddle at low to moderate resistance and speed
  • Repeat above intervals and recovery one more time
  • 1-minute recovery in saddle at low to moderate resistance and speed
  • 4 x 40-second push in saddle with light to moderate resistance, followed by 20-second recovery
  • 1-minute recovery in saddle at low to moderate resistance and speed
  • Repeat above intervals and recovery one more time
  • 60-second push at maximum effort
  • 5-minute cooldown
Here are three good workouts for the spin bike when you're inside.

The Endurance Indoor Spin Workout

Spin Bike Workout: Having endurance is the ability to push forward even when fatigued so this 45-minute ride is aerobic and designed to build stamina. This one’s a little tougher, and meant for more advanced riders. For beginner riders, use the two workouts above to build up to this one.

  • 5-minute warm-up at low to moderate pace
  • 60-second push in the saddle between 80-100 RPMs at moderate resistance (should feel like 60 percent of your max effort)
  • 30-second recovery
  • 90-second push in the saddle with a little more resistance than the previous interval; maintain 90 RPMs
  • 30-second recovery
  • 120-second push with a touch more on the resistance; maintain at least 80 RPMs
  • 5-minute recovery
  • repeat drill sequence and recovery 3 more times
  • 5-minute cooldown

Are you interested in doing a spin class or workouts on an indoor trainer?

Contact me, and let’s talk!

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