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    Need advice on Spinervals

    I am looking into buying a Spinervals DVD to use for my indoor training.
    Which one of the series would be the best to start out with?
    I have had a trainer for a very short time, less than 2 weeks, and I want a training session to start out on.
    Will probably buy more later as I progress.

    Mike

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    A lot depends on how MUCH of a workout you're looking for. I started with their Sweating Buckets DVD and really still like it, but their competition series more demanding. Truth be told, I thought I was going to die when I first did Sweating Buckets, but you adapt to the demands really quickly. Most of the Spinervals series rely on similar techniques, but vary, for instance, the length of pushing it and rest periods between. Now, a lot of times, I pretty much design what I feel like doing around the principals used in Spinervals. Have to say I love the videos though and plan on getting more.

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    Thanks for the response KeithA
    I find the trainer to be much harder for me than being on the road.
    Which Spinerval workout would be the best for easing me into the program.
    I need one that is tailored more someone that is trying to build up a base for longer rides once the season starts.
    Any help or advice is appreciated.
    Mike

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    They have a ratings scale for difficulty. The easiest one is probably Fitness 1.0 Ride strong. Its difficulty rating is 6.5. Many use it for a rest day workout. The only one I have for base building, which they refer to as "blue zone training" is their Competition Series 25.0 Aero Base Builder V- The Compilation. It's good, but, in all honesty, the least exciting of the ones I own. That would be expected with them trying to keep the heart rate in a certain zone: not too high and not too low. It definitely serves its purpose. It is two hours or so long. I usually do about 1.25 hours of it, then turn on some music for an hour or so to finish it off, making sure my heart remains in their zone.

    That would probably be the ticket for what you want, but, after you build your base, make sure to give some of the others a go. I think a great place to start would be the Fitness 2.0 or 4.0, but these are the types that move into anaerobic territory.

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    Thanks Keith.
    I will check out the Fitness series of dvds and see if 2.0 or 4.0 will be a good place to start. I might just get both and get a start on the collection.
    Mike

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    I "eased" into Spinervals with the Aero Base Builder series. I was not interested in some over the top bomb session and really like the aero base builders-they really improve my fittness level but don't wipe me out. The only problem I have with them is they take a long time to complete (70 minutes or so). I recommend these as a first step. Good luck!!!!

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    You're more than welcome, but remember, as Joe Dog and I have said, the best one for you to start out with would probably be one of the Aero Base Builder types, which seems to be what you're wanting to do right now. That's what I'm working on as well for the next month or two, a lot of long workouts where I keep my heart in the range. Later, I'll have fun for sure pushing it, but I'm trying to be patient.

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    I just used one for the first time tonight. I went for the "Mental Toughness" one. I bought the longest DVD I could find - I wanted to get my money's worth. It's a 90 minute workout. It focused on higher gearing than I like, so whenever they were mashing, I just concentrated on using a really high cadence. That's actually one thing I didn't care for. I would like more focus on cadence and less on what gear to be in, because every trainer resistance is variable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithA
    You're more than welcome, but remember, as Joe Dog and I have said, the best one for you to start out with would probably be one of the Aero Base Builder types, which seems to be what you're wanting to do right now. That's what I'm working on as well for the next month or two, a lot of long workouts where I keep my heart in the range. Later, I'll have fun for sure pushing it, but I'm trying to be patient.

    Agreed, KeithA... IMHO, the trouble with starting out with the "no mercy" types of Spinervals (or whatever) is that it wipes you out and makes it less likely to get back on and try it again tomorrow (in my experience, at least.). I worked up to the "no slackers" Spinerval but it took some time. I think the best bet is to do the aero base series to both get some conditioning and get into the mental aspects of doing a trainer workout.

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    Ok guys. I am going to take a look at the aero base series, too.
    70 minutes is a long time to be on the trainer , but I am willing to give it a try.
    I think that it will give me a nice headstart this spring. I used to sit around most of the winter and lose most my fitness gains that I worked so hard for.
    When you get into your mid 40's it gets harder to keep up a good level of fitness and it gets easier to put on the unwanted pounds.

    Pedal Wench-- I might have to get some time in on the lower levels before going for the "Mental Toughness". 90 minutes on a trainer seems like a lifetime to me.
    Thanks again for the input.
    Mike

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    I have all 5 of the Aero base DVD's. I wanted a little variety and all 5 are somewhat different. 25.0 takes segments from the first 4 and makes a 120 minute DVD. The 70-80 minutes goes fast. At least for me. It has been really nice outside around here so at least I can get outside on the weekends or the occasional night ride during the week so as not to burn out on the DVD's.

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    teh spinervals are greatest


    riding on the road is tougher than a spinerval, so I use
    mostly aero-base builders indoors, with the occasional Suffer-o-rama
    tossed in.
    Last edited by edzo; 02-16-06 at 05:29 PM.

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