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Old 11-19-09, 04:18 PM
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Trainer and Palates dvd, it's all you need to get you through the winter.
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Old 11-19-09, 04:32 PM
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I think I am the only person who likes the trainer.....Not as much as truly riding, but I still like being on a trainer. Never a fan of night riding and at night is when I get bored...usually around 2am and being on the trainer gives me something productive to do..

now rollers....rollers are what I hate. (but can never look away from videos of people attempting them)
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Ask if your gym has day passes. You can also get a weight set and a bench and work out at home.
Might even find one used, they go cheap when used.
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Coasting, what is the coldest possible temperature you can encounter in your area in the winter? There are people on this forum in Canada who bike year round.
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Found a nice article strength training for the winter, for cyclists.

https://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/art...e-weight-24094
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if you can. get a gym membership and do some weights/spin class and find a trainer. (and find some warm riding gear)
if your budget minded maybe get a trainer, find some cheap weights, and ride outside in layers.
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I plan on using my new trainer 3 days a week for half hour sessions, just to keep good form for the spring. I also belong to a gym, for upper body and core strength. Gym one day, trainer the next. Hope that will work for me, anyway.
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If you have the time (and will to get there), a gym can be really useful.
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I've gone both ways. Until relatively recently I hit the gym big time every winter, but decided to try a trainer and bought one last winter. I'm finding the combination of trainer and weight lifting at home (free weights) works better for me than the gym. All of the equipment is available for me anytime, without getting in my car-- which helps me stay car-light. Also, I tend to take longer and more intense workouts on the trainer at home than on gym bikes, because I can crank my own music up and really get into it- as opposed to the awful stuff that grinds into the air at most gyms. I also run, which is useful crosstraining.
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ride to the gym
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Both, kinda. Get the trainer definitely. It's nice to have options. As for the gym, decide if the total you'd spend at the gym (plus all the headaches of crowds and flashers) is close to what a home gym would cost. I put one together in my garage and it was some of the best money I've spent. It helps me stay on the program every day which was darn near impossible having to go to a gym. For whoever thinks weight training (along with flexibility, balance and plyometrics) doesn't help cycling that's just plain ignorant.
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Ride a bit less in the winter. but get out when I can. Otherwise it's the trainer and yoga.
 
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Originally Posted by FOBx530
ride to the gym
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This is what I used to do. Then I realized that if I was already wet and cold, why stop in at the gym? So now I just ride all winter.
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Gym, a larger varieties of choices and workouts of all sorts.
The vibe of working out at a gym is a lot more positive too, and many new people to meet who can challenge you and make yourself better. There are also instructors available (most gyms), who can give you advices and so on.

Honestly, working out home was fun only for so long, eventually I got bored and started to slack off, but once I went to the gym, I felt a way better vibe, which encouraged me to better myself.
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Originally Posted by Flash
ride in the cold.

I tried a trainer last winter and my hatred for it is immeasurable.

However. If you must choose, I'd say gym membership b/c there are more chicks at gyms than in your basement.
Why did you dislike the trainer so much?
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Old 11-30-09, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Flash
ride in the cold.

I tried a trainer last winter and my hatred for it is immeasurable.

However. If you must choose, I'd say gym membership b/c there are more chicks at gyms than in your basement.
How do you know? Maybe his hot wife mud wrestles other hot chicks in their basement.
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Old 11-30-09, 08:16 PM
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trainer hands down
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For a very small investment most of your core work/ lower back work can be done at home.
How much are you planning on spending on a gym membership? If it's +/- $800 check out www.insideride.com and buy the e-motion rollers. They'll do more to help your cycling than an entire year at the gym. The magnetic resistance settings are awesome!
And they're not boring like a trainer. Check out some of the youtube vids and see for yourself.
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Old 12-01-09, 11:53 PM
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Couple of trips to the gym and you will look like this https://www.metacafe.com/watch/371128...ybuilder_ever/
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Old 12-05-09, 10:54 AM
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I bought a trainer two summers ago, and sold it mid-winter. I just couldn't keep myself on it for more than 15 minutes, generally. This winter (after a winter of great fatness and regret last year), the wife and I joined a gym... yoga, spin classes, swimming, saunas and a weight room.

One of each of those a week has been doing great for me... even though I'm not generally one for classes, I found that I'm able to at least keep myself spinning and working hard for an hour if I have a skinny lady screaming delusional stuff at me... but that's just me. That, and yoga (whether there's a strong correlation between core strength and overall performance I don't know) has been making me feel more flexible and dealing with some weakness and lingering hitches from old semi-healed crackups.

Swimming as an alternative to riding a bike outside is also a really nice change.

I ride my beater bike to the gym (2 miles and change uphill, warms me up) and back (2 miles downhillish cools me off), and figure I'm covering all my bases. Worst case I don't take the car anyway, I just take the subway or bus.

Long story short, if you LIKE the trainer, go ahead and use one. If you don't want to add any additional training or fitness, you will be fine. I just feel like the question is whether you want to be as cycling specific as possible, or you want to be fit in a wide variety of ways... I like to hike, kayak etc., so having a wider basis is good. YMM(as always)V.
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
Couple of trips to the gym and you will look like this https://www.metacafe.com/watch/371128...ybuilder_ever/
Yea, because that azzclown surely didn't do astronomical amounts steroids & growth hormone.
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For my situation with a lot of horses (9) and 2 kids who are in competitive gymnastics, going to the gym does not make sense although I use the ones at work. We have 2, the old one which has almost nobody and the new one where all the young people hang out. I like the old one for the ability to do meditation. Going back to mediation has helped my zen on the bike more than anything else

Oh and the trainer sucks.
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