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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-20-12, 10:10 PM   #1
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Computrainer for weight loss

I've got the okay from my wife to get a Computrainer. Needless to say, I'm a bit excited about it. It's as part of an overall weight loss program because it's hard to be consistent riding outdoors when you're relying on good/non-wet weather and my rollers are great but I can't zone out on them (should have got e-motion rollers).

Anyone else here using a computrainer for weight loss? Feel like working together at it?
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Old 12-21-12, 02:12 AM   #2
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I'm not going as far as a Computrainer but I've been looking at a Kinetic. I may have to roll on down to REI after X-mas and get one.
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Old 12-21-12, 06:07 AM   #3
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Yeah, I have money in an FSA and it turns out that exercise equipment is covered under irs rules as long as it's medically necessary for treatment and you have a doctor's prescription. The lab model of the computrainer is excellent at tracking workouts in a way that can be easily reviewed by doctors in a weight loss program.
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I'm not going as far as a Computrainer but I've been looking at a Kinetic. I may have to roll on down to REI after X-mas and get one.
Ditto but I have the Cycleops 2. I picked up an old TV off craigslist (free) and I have a $30 media player hooked up to it. I play a bunch of motivational videos when Im riding in the garage. The computrainer looks awesome. Wonder if there is anything more "DIY"ish. I tired a sifferfest video but they are not something I could watch over and over again.
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Vesteroid and I have been posting this, so apologies on repetition....but you guys should look at trainerroad.com
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I have one...all I can tell you is prepare to have your azz handed to you.

I still flip flop between trainer road and my erg videos...depends on what I feel like that day.

I would say for the money buy trainer road for 10 a month, much better deal.

DONT buy all the computrainer videos...waste of money in my opinion.

dont forget you need a computer sitting in front of you to really use this thing...and getting the lab model is silly...unless you just have cash to blow, your not going to need that level of accuracy...BUT I would get the cadence sensor...makes life so much better than hooking up all that crap that comes with it for cadence....I just drop the puck below the pedal at the 6 oclock position and ride. THE hr monitor that comes with it is finicky too...have to strap the receiver to my top tube or it will lose connection.

I really think unless you were riding a lot your in for a rude awakening when you do your first ride...there is no coast or rest, this thing adjust the watts to whatever cadence you are spinning...its constant resistance no matter what.

happy to answer specific if you want, there are a few of us on here who use them...I think paisan has one too.
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Thanks for the tip! I'm definitely planning on signing up for trainnerroad because it seems like a great way to train and keep things changing.

As for computers to use with the computrainer.. I have a plethora of them around the house.
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