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

Group vs. solo

Training on your own or with a group will depend on several things such as what session are you planning, does it fit in with a partner / friend’s training schedule, do you have enough space and enough time to travel to the location if it’s away from your house? It could be that you find a couple of friends with similar goals and rotate the sessions from house-to-house on a weekly basis, making an evening of it whilst training and catching up. If you have a very specific training program then solo sessions are normally better so that it’s possible to concentrate fully on the job in hand.

Real or virtual, training with others can be a welcome addition to your turbo session. pic: ©Mike Cotty

However, such is the virtual world that we now live in, training with a group doesn’t necessarily mean inviting your friends around. Say what? Enter the ‘Virtual Reality’ turbo trainer. Although more expensive than a regular turbo, with prices starting around the £350 mark, a VR equipped turbo enables you to compete against others online or take part in virtual races across some of the most famous terrain whilst resistance is automatically adjusted depending on what part of the course you’re on. Clever stuff indeed, Albert would be impressed!

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