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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (9 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884737935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884737930
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,161,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Boy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2008
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Although the book title refers to indoor cycling, this is really about the type of bike that you use in a spin class, that is unless you are happy to stand up whilst using a road bike on a turbo trainer. The book is suitable for an individual or a class trainer. There are fifty workouts split into: eight for improving your health, fifeteen for improving fitness, and twenty seven for high performance, with the fitness and performance sections working around the anaerobic threshold. Each workout has a graphical illustration of the percentage heart rates and a text description on one page, and a tabular layout on the facing page where you can write your own heart rate. The book is in A4 format, and the tabular section can be photostated and covered in cling film or plastic to protect it from sweat in the gym. Ideally the spin bike needs to have a water bottle rack on the handlebars to support the workout sheet.

There is a glossary of terms but you really need to have attended some spin classes, and have a reasonable aerobic base level and core stability before tackling many of the workouts in this book. You will also need to be conversant with the basic functions of your heart monitor.

Provided that you are reasonably fit, the formula given for establishing the theoretical maximum heart rate (MHR) is more useful that the usual 220 or 226 minus your age. The workouts use the direct percentage of the MHR. So 70% MHR in the book will be less than 70% MHR calculated using the heart rate reserve. If you use heart rate reserve, that should be borne in mind when a workout states a percentage heart rate and then adds (say 5 beats) per minute to that figure. For me, 70% in the book would be 123 BPM, whereas 70% using heart rate reserve would be 137 BPM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guido Beelen on 13 Jan. 2005
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Don't be fooled by the title of the book. These workouts can be applied to any work with a heart rate monitor. I work out on the rowing machine and intend to prepare weekly menu's of the workouts in this book, just to keep things interesting.
The descriptions are very clear. You hardly have to read, looking at the graphs is enough. If you are familiar with a heart rate monitor and want put more variety in your workouts, this book if definitely for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JamesGW on 30 Dec. 2010
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Very disappointed. It seemed very rambling until voluminous, and winsomely titled, workout plans. They appear to make complicated what is essentially only interval training between the five heart-rate zones.

Beware if you are a beginner, this book will have you working out to your maximum heart rate just to find out what that value is. In the first workout plan, the very first instruction (after warm up) is to "Increase intensity to max HR minus 70 bpm" and subsequently "increase HR by 5 bpm". The concept of training zones as percent values seems to have slipped away. The calculation of maximum heart rate does not take into consideration an individual's resting rate, so take care if you are coming to this programme from a sedentary background.

This material is ten years old. Hopefully there are now better texts.

Notice how few reviews there are for this book. Perhaps others have done what I have done, hidden it at the back of the cupboard.
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Heart Rate Monitor Workbook - Easy to Follow, Every Level Adaptable 11 Sept. 2010
By Camille_NM - Published on Amazon.com
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This book works for the home rider to still get into a high intensity zone and it assists the fitness professional deliver a consistent, progressive workout to their classes. I teach an indoor cycling class and am on my second semester and purchased this book to make teaching the class a breeze! You don't need to know any fitness jargon to get a great workout, just follow the instructions, which are not abbreviated like other ride profile books. The book follows the same principles taught in the Heart Zones cycling classes and the charts for each profile ride are very easy to follow and there is not a set progression that "has" to be followed. I wish they would come out with a second volume!
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Great Workouts 25 April 2010
By Joy - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach cycling classes at a local gym and there are some great workouts in here. My classes love it!
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Science Meets Exercise 10 April 2007
By Marina Kushner - Published on Amazon.com
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Take your riding to the next level by learning how to train using a heart rate monitor. Several workout suggestions are included.
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If you need to learn the basics, not so bad 11 Feb. 2010
By Lonnie - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are training with HR on the bike, it is a good book. You are better off getting a power meter and training with power.

If you know nothing about bike training, then this is good. It also helps deal with the boredom of indoor riding by giving you some good workouts.
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Great training guide 12 Jan. 2007
By P. Pagano - Published on Amazon.com
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This book takes you through the science of indoor training with the aid of a heart rate monitor. With the knowledge gained here and the supplied workouts, there's no reason why you can't take your riding to the next level.
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