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What is Indoor Cycling?

What is indoor cycling?Indoor cycling is an intense form of cardio exercise that simulates the feel of outdoor bike riding through the use of a weighted flywheel. Usually used in a group setting, indoor cycling involves large groups of people guided through a series of drills by a motivational instructor. The goal of each session is to help the rider increase endurance and conditioning levels through high-intensity interval training.

Indoor Cycling History

Indoor cycling was originally conceived by avid cyclist Jonathan "Johnny G" Goldberg in the 1980s. After a near-accident when training outdoors at night, Johnny G designed an indoor cycle that used a heavy flywheel to more accurately simulate real world cycling conditions. The feeling of inertia and momentum created the feeling of a real bicycle. When combined with specially designed handlebars and multiple adjustment points, Johnny G created a successful and fun new indoor training product.

Indoor Cycling Training Methodology

While there are a variety of ways to train with indoor cycles, the most widely practiced method involves interval training. Put simply, interval training involves short sprint periods followed by low intensity exercise or rest periods in between. Sprints are high intensity bursts of effort that involve maximal energy output.

Indoor Cycle Characteristics

Indoor cycles have a variety of similarities and differences depending on what brand and model you choose. Even so, no matter what indoor cycle you choose, they will usually have a different variation of the following components:

  • Flywheel
  • Gear Drive System
  • Seat
  • Handlebars
  • Computer
  • Frame