Cycling Fusion + Heart Zones
The first fitness training and education company to offer an indoor cycling (IC) certification using power meters and watts-based workouts, Heart Zones is the leader in educating riders using the power of power. Thanks to the early support and encouragement from industry leaders Saris (CyclOps) and Keiser (M3) with their power-equipped IC, indoor cycles, Heart Zones took the challenge in 2005 of delivering watt-based training to the indoor and outdoor riding enthusiasts and competitors.
Now, a half-decade latter, power training is becoming fashionable with other IC manufacturers, training, and power meter companies moving into the product and services space. Enter the scene the king of coupling indoor with outdoor riding, Cycling Fusion’s Gene Nacey, MPA. Nacey is taking the riding community by storm: a new business that features streaming cycling video, training DVDs, power coursework and certifications, and internet simulcast training rides. He has scooped up industry leader Heart Zones CYCLING to provide him with the platform, Heart Zones Training. And, Gene Nacey is building an agonistic approach – any bike with power and any person who wants to ride with it is on his team.
I urge you to read his new and simple to follow ebook which is the gold standard for power training on any bike – indoor or out. Titled Power Training, The Power Training System for Indoor Cycling, Gene Nacey begins with benchmarking and building on those watts you produce with sound training methodology adapted from Heart Zones Training – using zones, assessing improvement, specific regimens for rider type, terrain, and event-specificity. Gene’s book demystifies and simplifies the entire concept of power, and how to train to improve it. He took my suggestion and was the first to use watts per pound instead of the European system of watts per kilogram to anchor power zones and work effort. Whew. Now power rides makes sense. His approach is as easy to teach as it is to learn. Power Training is a must have for all indoor and outdoor cycling instructors and coaches. But even more, the book shows you how to ride further, stronger, and more efficiently outdoors.
One of the aspects I like most about Power Training is that Gene Nacey clearly demonstrates how Heart Zones Training ® intersects and positively impacts your power rides and workouts. This unique approach to watts-training system is the first to balance training load appropriately between ones own individual metabolic markers (energy expenditure) and the mechanical work (watts produced). Coupling mechanical and metabolic training together is further supported by world renowned Carl Foster, Ph. D., University of Wisconsin and cardiovascular application expert.
Read Power Training and follow the protocols and system, print or purchase the wall charts and companion educational materials to ride “the new way – with power”. Visit Cycling Fusion powered by Heart Zones Cycling’s website – and watch your watts per pound grow, your speed and efficiency grow exponentially. A must addition to your training library: Power Training.