With the start of 2018 we are offering something very new and exciting in the schedule! The Cadence Fitness Challenge. What is it?!? The class will be a standard 45 minutes with a long warm-up, a fitness test, a good cool down, and of course some great beats and energetic coaching.
The test itself is 20 minutes in duration during which you ride as hard as you can, while maintaining a consistent power (watts) output. This is known as an Functional Threshold Test (FTT) and is used a measure both of your relative fitness and to help determine your power-based training zones (more to come on this in later blogs). How hard do you ride? Well that is the trick, don’t go too hard, cause 20 minutes is a long time! Don’t go too easy, as you want to be gassed at the end of the 20 minutes. Come on out and give it a try, we’ll coach you to a great result.
For the numbers folks out there: your FTP is calculated as 95% of the average power you maintained for 20 minutes. We will be posting some FTP-based training zones along with a cross reference to perceived exertion (ie: a 7 out of 10 effort).
Why test yourself? To be able to tangibly see yourself improve month over month. If you like riding and pushing yourself based on the numbers you see on your console, these fitness tests will help you gain a better understanding of how to read your numbers and hold yourself accountable while you are riding during other Cadence classes and throughout all of your fitness endeavours. Also, the Fitness Test is a kickass workout!!
Test yourself every 4-6 weeks and watch yourself improve! (Pro Tip: don’t workout the day before your test for optimal results).
Our first Fitness Challenge is on Friday, January 12th at 5pm. Click here to register.