October 5, 2017

A big part of what we do at the gym is integrating strength work into the training of our clients. Many of them will alternate days between cycling and strength training. Often our clients are very surprised at what the strength training does for them.

To be clear, when we talk about strength training at the gym we are actually talking about classic strength workouts and circuit training. They serve different purposes. What we typically find is that people need to do...

August 4, 2016

One of the things I enjoy about the Ride for Karen as an event is the camaraderie and support that the riders give one another throughout the ride. It isn’t a race like many other events and that makes it somewhat unique. That isn’t to say that the ride isn’t without its challenges though, particularly if your fitness isn’t as good as you would like it to be.

When most of us think about a ride like this we worry that we can’t go hard enough. That we lack the power to...

August 4, 2016

This year’s Ride for Karen sees the addition of the big mileage 200km loop. Yikes that is a big one. What type of training do you need to do to prepare for something like that?

To start things off you will want to determine your heart rate zones. You can read about that in this article that we sent out last year.

Where the endurance system gets a bad rap is that everyone thinks that training there is too easy. But it is only too easy because none of us have taken the...

August 4, 2016

Tempo

When we ride a Granfondo or charity event we all want to

ride well, with a strong finish amongst our friends. Maybe even pushing ahead of

them a little bit at the end if possible! What often makes the difference amongst

riders at events like this is their different ability to maintain a constant pace over

long periods of time. While racing might be about surging and riding at your

maximum as you attack over the hills, riding an event like the Ride for Karen is

mainly...

July 11, 2016

A great training method to guide your efforts is to use your heart rate. For this you’ll need a heart rate monitor, preferably one that will record your rides so that you can review them afterwards. And once you have the heart rate monitor you will want to determine your heart rate training zones. The zones will help you do your different workouts appropriately. This is important because as your heart rate changes, the system within your body that you are training c...

January 4, 2016

On Saturdays at The Cycling Gym, we ride a program designed to improve our members’ tempo ability and muscular endurance. We believe it is essential to maintain this program in our weekly workouts throughout the year.

 

Why?

To improve your aerobic system, you must ride in a steady state below 83% of your maximum heart rate for periods of five to 60 minutes of steady state uninterrupted work. However, it is truly impossible to achieve this on the bike in Toronto: there...

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