Different types of classes for different purposes are absolutely essential for giving you the workout you'll benefit from. We are introducing changes, but we wanted to explain to you what the changes are, and also why we made them.
Over the last few years of watching rider actions (in a non-creepy way!) we realised that our class categories were not always enabling riders to make the best choice for them.
In naming our categories and determining the criteria for each type of class, we were looking at a particular type of rider when formulating our cunning plans. Since then we realised we could have focused in a different way which would be more helpful - and we've done this by focusing the class category on the specific purpose of the class and tweaking the session criteria to ensure that that is achieved.
Sound confusing? Thought so.
What was the 'Newcomers' session (blue on the old timetable) is now green, and is called 'Calorie Burner'. It is still suitable for newbies, but because this class runs in the aerobic zone, a comfortable level of intensity, we also wanted to ensure it was accessible for those who've ridden with us for a while. There seemed to be some misunderstanding among ome of our veteran riders who were 'smashing' the progressive sessions, and not realising that this causes overtraining through muscle fatigue and depleting glycogen stores, if not correctly spaced throughout the week. Mixing in some of these green sessions with classes of their usual intensity, will enable them to get the results they're after, so they're still doing the same number of workouts, but they're just more effective because they're trying to overwork fatigued muscles.
Next up is the Metabolic Booster, this is focused around using power to buildd muscular strength and endurance, it uses a lot of intervals, and serves to build
strength and boost themetabolism. Mixing green and yellow sessions in your week is perfect. You get the best of both worlds, reducing the risk of under or overtraining.
So what's ideal? Well all of our riders have at least jobs to go to, if not real lives to lead, and other things to do, and so their time to work out is at a premium. Therefore, working out twice a week, Metabolic Boosters are fine, more than that, use caution, you may need to mix in some green sessions to alternate - especially if you do any other physical activity besides Foxing.
Our other main category was formerly 'advanced' and now is 'Performance'. It's similar in intensity to a Metabolic Booster, but it is more focused on improving cycling performance, so it's ideal for those who are looking to compete in events, or riding in sportives for the first time.
Take a look opposite to see the luscious details of this natty little number.
And our final offering? This is a new addition - Have A Go sessions are the same intensity as a Calorie Burner session, but for those riders who are very new and who are not used to heartrate tech, or don't like the thought of numbers or measurements, and just want to get started with the pedalling business, these sessions are just bike, rider, instructor and music. No heartrate tech, no power, just getting riders used to being riders. It's the ideal first step if you're really not convinced about the whole thing, and just want to 'check'. You know?
So there we have it, a nice little bunch of classes. We hope now you'll find it even easier to get the results you want faster than before, and be more in control of your success as you mix yur classes to ensure you're getting the best out of your body at all times - whilst also allowing it the rest and reecovery it deserves after all that hard (but scrumptious) work.