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    raining cats and dogs; hometrainer.

    When it's raining like today I "ride" my home trainer - I miss the fresh air - a bit, a I sit next to an open window... Anyway, I think I am burning a lot more calories on this trainer as on the real bike - After a training of an hour on the hometrainer I am floored/soaked. When on the sports bike for approx. 90 minutes I seem to have worked less. (Feels better though.) Would a daily training on the hometrainer beats a daily ride on the real bike when aiming for weight loss, stamina?

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    While it would be nice to think we were burning more calories on a trainer ... we're not. We're burning about the same as we do on the road ... perhaps less. The reason we might be burning less on the trainer is because on the road, there are a whole heap of additional movements ... leaning against the wind, dodging potholes and cars, etc. etc.

    You are soaked after 90 minutes on the trainer because you don't have the wind to wick away the moisture like when you're outside. You still sweat as much outside, the wind you create by riding and the wind in general just remove it.

    No a daily ride on your trainer would not beat a daily ride outside for weightloss or stamina ... they'd have approximately the same effect.

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    Different strokes. Trainer allows you to have very structured interval sessions, carefully calibrated, using HR monitor/power measuring device, which is harder to do on the road, in traffic, with varied weather conditions. You get sweat-soaked because you don't have the cooling effect and you're working at higher intensities - you need to use a large pillar mounted fan, at least 16".

    On the other hand, if you have a decent hill, locally, and use that for interval training -ouch!

    But for fitness and weight loss, you need a mix of both - using only the turbo might prove somewhat boring in the long run

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    Well, in that case I will indeed keep on mixing both and dealing with them as separate training methods that complement each other. Thank you for your reaction.

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