The Luddites of Indoor Cycling: Don't Be One of Them

on Monday, 01 July 2013. Posted in Fitness Product Design

Advancements in Indoor Cycles Could Mean Advancements for You.

The Luddites of Indoor Cycling: Don't Be One of Them

In the 19th century, English textile artisans protested new machinery developed to increase production and efficiency. They feared that the new technology would threaten their livelihoods, and sought to destroy machinery and intimidate inventors and businessmen to prevent change. In the modern age, we refer to anyone who opposes technological change as a Luddite.

Since the development of indoor cycling in the 1980's, the indoor cycle has remained relatively unchanged. The main components (namely the flywheel, drive system, handlebars, and frame) have all remained similar to the original design. Aside from the incorporation of modern computer components and sensors, the indoor cycles today are almost identical to the originals.

Like the English textile artisans, there are groups of fitness professionals who feel that indoor cycles should not change. The fact that some new products offer additional functionality that could increase workout efficiency and results does not seem to faze them. They are still following a code of inflexible exercise principles that could be hampering their results and those of their clients.

Now, to each their own, but not changing for the sake of not changing is no way to live. As an old Chinese Proverb states:

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.

New products with new capabilities provide nothing but the opportunity to evolve current training principles; no need to throw anything away!

Evolving the Training Methodology for Indoor Cycling

When you breakdown an indoor cycling training regimen into its base principles, you'll most likely find simple training concepts that can be applied to anything. In the specific case of indoor cycling programs, that means music/cadence, interval training, and progressive resistance (as well as instructor-provided motivation). While some programs may claim to enhance these basic characteristics through components like power readouts, the principles will still be the same.

Given all that, you can use ANY indoor cycle to achieve the same results if the base components of your indoor cycle are the same or similar to the original design. The only thing that can ENHANCE the core principles of indoor cycling involve doing what the indoor cycle was invented to do in the first place, more accurately mimic outdoor cycling.

Indoor Cycling & Evolution

Johnny G invented indoor cycling to create a more realistic, and therefore effective, training program indoors. New indoor cycles (like the Evo Fitness Bike) are simply a continuation of the original intention, to make the indoor experience more realistic to the outdoor one. That’s not so scary, is it?

We did this by adding the ability to “sway,” just like balancing on an outdoor cycle requires. Swaying incorporates more muscles throughout your upper body and core, giving you additional realism.

What you do with that extra dimension of motion is up to you! You can create more realistic training regimens for cyclists/triathletes, OR you can create an entirely new set of exercises built purely for indoor cyclists.

Thinking back to our Chinese Proverb, you can either build a method to harness the potential of the new technology, or build a wall of doubt and fight against change; the choice is yours!

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