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Go For A Ride With A Power Meter: Studio Cycling

Chuze Fitness Instructor Laura gives us the 411 on using Power Meters in cycling classes so you can make the most out of your time on the bike! 

Published: 11/1/21

Go For A Ride With A Power Meter: Studio Cycling

Try out an indoor cycling class using a Power Meter and spin your wheels with a purpose! If you are looking to get more out of your workout with each pedal stroke you make, using a cycling power meter can help you take your training to the next level. The Power Meter display is a bike-attached console that allows riders to advance and enhance their training goals with real-time visual feedback using various metrics. Learn more about these classes and how we use technology to enhance your workout in them here.

What Is A Power Meter Ride?

The Power Meter Ride (PMR) is perfect for all levels of fitness and indoor cycling experience. The beauty of indoor cycling is each rider is in control of speed, resistance and position of their bike. During the Power Meter Ride, the instructor will coach various drills highlighting each of the metrics below as well as drills that combine metrics. Not only does this bike computer include reliable power measurements, but it also displays clear power data through its smart trainer technology. 

It tracks metrics like: 

  • Duration
  • Distance
  • Power Output (Wattage)
  • Cadence or Revolutions per Minute (RPMs)
  • Ground Speed (MPH/KPH)
  • Caloric Expenditure (min, max, avg)
  • Ability to pair some, but not all HRM’s for On-Display instant HR

Smart Trainer Technology

With this technology, the instructor could determine a duration/distance goal, asking the rider to eyeball the maximum or average wattage for the drill. Although overlooked by many, the PMR will allow for athletes to engage in a “working recovery ride” where the rider does not exceed certain parameters or thresholds, allowing them to stay in the right power zone for a comfortable ride.

Many Power Meters are ANT+/BT compatible for data collection. Some Power Meters have a USB port to record data to a memory stick for transfer to other training programs. A simple option for riders who want to track performance or data, simply take a picture of your final “Results” screen for comparing subsequent rides.

A significant benefit of the cycling Power Meter Ride, regardless of the metrics, is helping the rider overcome “mental drift” during the workout. A distracted workout can sabotage one’s precious training time and goals. The entire ride has energy and focus while the music drives the movement.

Wrapping Up

Whether you are an avid cycler or more of a beginner, doing a Power Meter Ride can be very beneficial to any rider, regardless of their goals. Tracking your progress and planning attainable goals for your rides can take your cycling workout to the next level. Remember to calibrate, listen to your body when you need rest, pace effectively, and most importantly—have fun! You can find more info about our cycling classes and more by checking out a location near you.

 

Article By Laura Roberts, Chuze Fitness Instructor