5 Dec 2016

Let’s get more technical…

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As we talk more about the Winter Base Training Program that begins January 7/8th at CYKL, we’re trying to clearly describe to everyone how the program works and what it’s all about. More specifically last week we told you “Winter Base training is a 12 week program designed to strip back to the essence of fitness, your aerobic base; the foundation of your fitness. We train for longer periods of time in your aerobic energy zones, building aerobic endurance and muscular endurance.”

BUT what is my aerobic training zone and why do I care about this?

Aerobic training is working at a 4/10 (on that big chart in the studio) OR something called your  Zone 2! This is where all the magic happens in building your aerobic foundation.

How do I know my own “zone 2″ heart rate 

To determine your personal aerobic and anaerobic training zones (zones 1-5) we start the program with a mandatory Lactate Threshold Test with a Heart Rate Monitor. This test has you working at a “hard” effort for 10 mins x 2. From the average of both 10 min efforts we calculate your personal heart rate training zones.

These Zones correlate to the Perceived Exertion Chart in the studio. These are personal to you and you can use them in all of our classes – not just the WBT Program.

Why Do I care about zone 2 or aerobic training?

Aerobic fitness is the foundation to all fitness. Just like a house if you don’t have a strong foundation everything else you build on it could crumble. So if you want to be stronger or better in your intervals, or on hills, if you want to increase your anaerobic tolerance, you must first build a solid aerobic foundation. When you 
train in Zone 2 for long periods
 (over 1 hr) you teach your body to utilize FAT as a fuel source, as it is a long slow burning fuel.

We often get hooked on the adrenaline rush of high intensity shorter duration classes and feel like we are “not working hard enough” in endurance classes. This type of go, go, go training can have a negative effect on your fitness because you will simply over train and eventually either injure yourself or crash and burn. You need to train smart and balanced to keep yourself strong and healthy. This means stripping it back to endurance type training at least once a week, allowing yourself to actually breathe!

CYKL Team

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