How To

How to plan the perfect turbo training session

Preparing location, intervals vs. duration, motivational tools, group vs. solo, monitoring effort with hrm or power

Preparing location

The location in which you set-up your turbo trainer, albeit the garage, shed, or in the house, offers a more stable and controlled environment than the outside world. No wind, rain, roundabouts or traffic to contend with means that there’s no distractions or danger to prevent you from a quality workout.

Wherever you set up your turbo trainer, a good fan, sweat mat and towel is essential. pic: ©Mike Cotty

Try to find a location with good ventilation, open windows to promote the flow of fresh air and use a fan to keep your body cool. Despite best intentions at some point it’s likely to turn into a sweat-fest so have a towel to hand and position your bike and turbo on a suitable mat. If you’re using a trainer that raises the rear wheel from the floor then balance this out by using a front wheel elevator block (or equivalent such as a book). Being able to watch something on the computer, television or having music on tap to get you in the rhythm can be a big help.

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