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Old 07-20-21, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
And the bike provides almost no upper body exercise.
Go mountain biking and you can fix that.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
To those who say “I can get a killer aerobic workout at the gym”, I say, “But do you?”
Yes.

I join the gym every winter (roughly Nov. - March) and go there after work every evening except the one night a week I fat bike.

I do the elliptical for an hour at high setting and then do the stationary bike for another also at a high setting. My HR bounces between 145 and 170 on each machine during that time.
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Go mountain biking and you can fix that.
Seriously. CX too.
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Yes, because I can motivate myself to ride a bike.
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Riding a bike hard every day seems to have cured me of depression.

Walking into a gym feels to me like I'm entering a prison's exercise yard.
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Originally Posted by fredlord View Post
Riding a bike hard every day seems to have cured me of depression.

Walking into a gym feels to me like I'm entering a prison's exercise yard.
How many prison exercise yards have you been to?
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None, but I've watched movies and am blessed with an imagination.
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Old 07-20-21, 04:40 PM
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Gotta figure out what you like. If you don't like running, you won't do it very long. If you don't like cycling, you won't do it very long. If you don't like weight lifting....well, you get it. The most effective workout is whatever you do on a regular basis. Consistency is key. Usually variety is key as well. I really like the Peloton bike. You can ride, lift weights, do yoga, meditate, stretch....they have workouts for all of it.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Three hours, that must require some serious dedication!

I worked up to 2 hours on the trainer when recovering from hip surgery. That was mind-numbingly dull. Glad that was only for a few weeks.
It's what TV was invented for.
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Go mountain biking and you can fix that.
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Seriously. CX too.

Hard pass, we like what we like.
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Gotta figure out what you like. If you don't like running, you won't do it very long. If you don't like cycling, you won't do it very long. If you don't like weight lifting....well, you get it. The most effective workout is whatever you do on a regular basis. Consistency is key. Usually variety is key as well. I really like the Peloton bike. You can ride, lift weights, do yoga, meditate, stretch....they have workouts for all of it.

I figured out a while ago I can't stand trainers because I associate cycling with being very situationally aware, and that's not a thing I want to be laboring on a stationary machine. What I like about the elliptical is that I can totally zone out and watch TV while working really hard. I'm not quite as conscious of how miserable I'm making myself over 3 hours.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Gotta figure out what you like. If you don't like running, you won't do it very long. If you don't like cycling, you won't do it very long. If you don't like weight lifting....well, you get it. The most effective workout is whatever you do on a regular basis. Consistency is key. Usually variety is key as well. I really like the Peloton bike. You can ride, lift weights, do yoga, meditate, stretch....they have workouts for all of it.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I figured out a while ago I can't stand trainers because I associate cycling with being very situationally aware, and that's not a thing I want to be laboring on a stationary machine. What I like about the elliptical is that I can totally zone out and watch TV while working really hard. I'm not quite as conscious of how miserable I'm making myself over 3 hours.
For me that only works for Zone 2 workouts. Anything at a high tempo or above requires my full concentration. Watching some random TV while trying to do a threshold workout is not happening for me.
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Old 07-20-21, 06:57 PM
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It's what TV was invented for.
TV was invented for entertainment...When I work out I need to stay focused on my workout and not be distracted by some nonsense on TV....Entertainment comes after the workout...
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Old 07-20-21, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by jacobjones View Post
Is cycling more effective than usual gym session?
Cardio done outdoors is more effective than cardio done indoors...Cycling outdoors is more effective than wasting time on an indoor trainer or some cardio machine...The real purpose of a gym is to lift weights and get strong....
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Old 07-20-21, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Go mountain biking and you can fix that.
Yep, especially singlespeed mountain biking.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I figured out a while ago I can't stand trainers because I associate cycling with being very situationally aware, and that's not a thing I want to be laboring on a stationary machine. What I like about the elliptical is that I can totally zone out and watch TV while working really hard. I'm not quite as conscious of how miserable I'm making myself over 3 hours.
I figured out a long time ago that I prefer running on a treadmill than running outside. I prefer cycling to both, but I also enjoy the Peloton stationary. Having hot-ass instructors helps. I can watch Jess King all day! Anyway, treadmill running is easier on my knees and I like to adjust the speed every minute which keeps it interesting.
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TV was invented for entertainment...When I work out I need to stay focused on my workout and not be distracted by some nonsense on TV....Entertainment comes after the workout...
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Cardio done outdoors is more effective than cardio done indoors...Cycling outdoors is more effective than wasting time on an indoor trainer or some cardio machine...The real purpose of a gym is to lift weights and get strong....
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Cardio done outdoors is more effective than cardio done indoors...Cycling outdoors is more effective than wasting time on an indoor trainer or some cardio machine...The real purpose of a gym is to lift weights and get strong....
This is why I come to BF - to be exposed to a wide range of wrong info.

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The vague question asked by this thread actually makes me think of something more specific, something I have wondered about.

Let's say someone does a vigorous spin workout 2-3x week down at the gym.
That's the only kind of bike they ride with any regularity.
If you put that person on a quality road bike, would they just completely smoke everyone on a club ride?
Just drop everyone in the B group, set the pace in the A?
Or would they get bored after a couple of miles and go home?

Do you know anyone who does both spin classes and 20-100mi rides?
I'm curious to hear from anyone who does.
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Originally Posted by RandomlyWest View Post
The vague question asked by this thread actually makes me think of something more specific, something I have wondered about.

Let's say someone does a vigorous spin workout 2-3x week down at the gym.
That's the only kind of bike they ride with any regularity.
If you put that person on a quality road bike, would they just completely smoke everyone on a club ride?
Just drop everyone in the B group, set the pace in the A?
Or would they get bored after a couple of miles and go home?

Do you know anyone who does both spin classes and 20-100mi rides?
I'm curious to hear from anyone who does.

Never "ridden" a spin bike, but the person who never rides a road bike would almost certainly be clunky as hell the first time they got on a real bike, right? There's a whole lot of skill that goes into controlling a fast moving bike that can't be learned theoretically. If nothing else, they're going to smoke them missing shifts and probably going nuts dodging potholes.
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Originally Posted by RandomlyWest View Post
The vague question asked by this thread actually makes me think of something more specific, something I have wondered about.

Let's say someone does a vigorous spin workout 2-3x week down at the gym.
That's the only kind of bike they ride with any regularity.
If you put that person on a quality road bike, would they just completely smoke everyone on a club ride?
Just drop everyone in the B group, set the pace in the A?
Or would they get bored after a couple of miles and go home?

Do you know anyone who does both spin classes and 20-100mi rides?
I'm curious to hear from anyone who does.
I've never ridden with someone that takes a spin class, but my old neighbor was a spin instructor, and he had absolutely no interest in riding with me - he said he'd get killed. Along those lines, I've only heard of spin class people getting shelled on road rides, not the opposite.

That said, a spin class is (I assume) a far cry from a structured trainer workout. A spin class is about burning calories and getting the heart rate up, and I would doubt that many classes exceed an hour. Structured training is about targeting and improving upon power output for specific durations. Busting your ass on a trainer absolutely translates to a bigger motor on the road and, given the logistics of road riding, it's often much more efficient if you're a working stiff that's not blessed with all of the time in the world to ride.
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Originally Posted by RandomlyWest View Post
The vague question asked by this thread actually makes me think of something more specific, something I have wondered about.

Let's say someone does a vigorous spin workout 2-3x week down at the gym.
That's the only kind of bike they ride with any regularity.
If you put that person on a quality road bike, would they just completely smoke everyone on a club ride?
Just drop everyone in the B group, set the pace in the A?
Or would they get bored after a couple of miles and go home?

Do you know anyone who does both spin classes and 20-100mi rides?
I'm curious to hear from anyone who does.
I do both. I don't do group rides. If you have a bike/trainer somewhere in your house, hooked up to Swift, Rouvy, etc, then you do spin classes on a stationary bike/trainer. It's just "presented" to you in a slightly different way. You still have the screen in front of you, interacting with other participants. It might not be a hype machine/instructor, but you're still getting your thing on with your peeps. Heck you probably do the same stupid "I crushed it" sit up/lean back when you finish like the idiots do on the Peloton commercial.

Anyway, what I do is generally based on the weather/conditions. This past weekend was planning long rides Saturday/Sunday afternoons. We had lightning/thunderstorms instead. It was long rides on the stationary bike at the gym. My usual routine has me parking at the gym and doing my rides/runs outside starting and finishing at the gym. Then I get a bag from my car and head into the gym for the rest of the workout. Efficiency is the key. I can workout some more, take a yoga or some other class, core work, swim, and sit in the hot tub or sauna. Then shower and head home. I don't have to worry about upkeep on the equipment or facilities. It's taken care of for a fee.

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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Never "ridden" a spin bike, but the person who never rides a road bike would almost certainly be clunky as hell the first time they got on a real bike, right? There's a whole lot of skill that goes into controlling a fast moving bike that can't be learned theoretically. If nothing else, they're going to smoke them missing shifts and probably going nuts dodging potholes.
Maybe the first time, but not after that. Now if you're talking about riding in a paceline, experience is the only way you'll learn that. And, you might get yelled at.

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