The thing with indoor cycling is, when it's done properly it works.
And when you measure useful stuff you can see exactly how much improvement you're making - and this is what Jon found when he improved his FTP by a rather tidy 15% in just a few weeks.
"I wanted to give some feedback on the couple of months I spent training at Foxies whilst based in the West Country. I was based in Portishead in April and May so decided to sign up to a number of your sessions to keep my training on track. Suffice to say the sessions were excellent. I was challenged during every one and it was a struggle to say the least! However, I was also massively motivated and encouraged to work hard during each session. The net result was a significant, circa 15%, improvement in FTP during the period which I have been able to take forward into my summer rides and reap the benefits. For example, I set myself a target of breaking 8 minutes on Box Hill in Surrey. I not only broke it, I smashed it (7:17)! Not bad for a 56 year old who previously took around 9 minutes to drag myself up the hill. I don’t believe I would’ve done this without the sessions at your studio.
So, please pass on my thanks to all the instructors and I look forward to dropping in for a session when I’m back in Portishead.
Hard work pays."
And there you have it. It works. You can measure it. If you want to improve your functional threshold power (this is a great metric for everyone not just cyclists - it shows that you're getting fitter, stronger, and improving body composition by increasing muscle and decreasing fat) - we have great sessions for you.
Anyone noticed Ian Hall's been a bit quiet recently? Well it's because he's been plotting (and training at the Fox Studio). On Sunday he'll be riding the Ride:London event in aid of Penny Brohn UK. Ian added: “Penny Brohn is local to Pill, where I live, and provides care not just for cancer sufferers but for those who care for and support them.
If you thought you'd seen a bit more than usual of Grandad* at Fox, you'd be right. During June, he's been pedalling his socks off to reach 10,000 MEPs in a month.
Yep, that's not a typo. 10,000. For those not in the know, MEP stands for MyZone Effort Point, and as we use heatrate tracking in the studio, riders get points for working at different intensities. The most a rider can earn in one minute is 4. Which means during June, Grandad has done more than 41 hours of physical activity.
How did he do it?
"I'm back to doing more cycling sessions in the studio, which I enjoy, and I did a lot of digging in the garden this month; I wanted to see how good it was as a form of exercise so I wore my MyZone strap as I worked - I was earning about 1-2 MEPs per minute in the garden."
Interestingly we had other riders who completed various cycling challenges in the same month (including John O'Groats to Land's End), and yet, Grandad with his studio sessions and gardening managed to beat everyone!
"I just wanted to challenge myself," he said. "It's important tokeep pushing a little bit harder. I really want to thank Fox for being so supportive and helping me to become fitter than I was 20 years ago."
And that is our pleasure! Tailored workouts just for you, friendly classes, and a warm welcome.
*That's not us being rude - Grandad earned this nickname after the birth of his first grandchild.