The weather is getting cold and rainy, and the trails are closing because of the rain. How do you keep in shape while waiting for the Texas mountain bike trails to re-open?
I have a few tips that I have used over the past several years sure to keep your legs strong and waist trim.
1.) Join Spin Classes
Spin classes are a fun way to keep your legs spinning and your heart rate pounding during the off-season of mountain biking. Spin classes are offered by most gyms. 24 hour fitness, Lifetime Fitness, and LA Fitness are global chains that have locations across most of Texas and offer good spin classes. The class will be taught by an instructor and usually done to music to keep pace and push yourself harder. This is also a great way to stay social and meet new people with like minded interests.
The only bad thing I have found with spin classes is that it is entirely dependant on the instructor. I have had some amazing spin classes, and also some that I felt were awful. Find an instructor whose style fits you and become a regular in their classes.
2.) Invest in a Bike Trainer
A great way that I have found to keep in shape while indoors is with a bike trainer. A bike trainer allows you to put your own mountain or road bike on a wheel that gives you resistance while you pedal. You set the pace when using a trainer, it can be monotonous and boring but to spice it up there are plenty of DVD training courses that you can follow.
Bike Trainers also allow you to do interval workouts while indoors. Try something like this;
- Warmup for 10 minutes
- Pedal at high intensity for 2 minutes, then reduce intensity and recover for 1 minute.
- Repeat for 5 rounds, this totals 15 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT)
- Cooldown for 10 minutes