Power Based Training Studio

Poll: Cycling Training Studio (37 member(s) have cast votes)

Would you utilise a virtual / power training studio

  1. yes (31 votes [83.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 83.78%

  2. no (6 votes [16.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.22%

Would you prefer to use your own bicycle or a studio bike

  1. Own (21 votes [53.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 53.85%

  2. Studio (18 votes [46.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.15%

Would you prefer group training or individual sessions

  1. Group (30 votes [71.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 71.43%

  2. individual (12 votes [28.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.57%

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Broker's Photo Broker 19 Jun 2017

These studios re becoming very popular in various parts of the world. Just a few simple questions to evaluate the need for something similar here in good old RSA

 

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isetech's Photo isetech 19 Jun 2017

zwift...would be great.

 

a variety of tunes....connected to wireless headphones ;)

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Rocket-Boy's Photo Rocket-Boy 19 Jun 2017

There are some around, I know of Wattworx in Durban and heard there are serious gains to be had.

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Veebee's Photo Veebee 20 Jun 2017

I would rather invest in a good IDT, then use the money for a coach and suffer on your own.

While you will see gains from these classes, each person is different and will have to develop and improve on specific area's so this is where the coach comes in.

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ricochet_rabbit's Photo ricochet_rabbit 20 Jun 2017

These studios re becoming very popular in various parts of the world. Just a few simple questions to evaluate the need for something similar here in good old RSA

 

Please add some comments on what you believe such a studio should offer membership:

 

 

 

Gosh, in Durban there are heaps of these studios.

 

 

http://cadencecycling.co.za/ have been going for years now and they have a number of branches around the country. 5 in durban, 1 in Pretoria & 1 in Cape Town.

 

wattworx in Durban North

PM Powertraining in Winston Park

Prime High Performance Institute at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Reform Cycling in Waterfall

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bebop's Photo bebop 20 Jun 2017

There is a couple of them in Joburg.

 

If you asking the question because you think there is money in opening one then I'm not too sure, as I think it's not as profitable as a gym.

 

The initial outlay of equipment (eg. 40K for one cycleops Phantom Indoor trainer and you need at least say 10), rent, staff and so on makes for a very long investment before you will see return.

 

Over the past years of cycling, I've been at 2 of them and it always seems like a seasonal thing as the one month the classes is all full and then all of a sudden its empty for 2 months or so.

 

My 2 cents. Personally, I feel Powerbase training is a personal thing and should be personalised to your needs, not everyone has the same cycling goals.

 

I got myself a good IDT and I'm suffering on my own, the same way as when you out there riding  ;)

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isetech's Photo isetech 21 Jun 2017

I would rather invest in a good IDT, then use the money for a coach and suffer on your own.

While you will see gains from these classes, each person is different and will have to develop and improve on specific area's so this is where the coach comes in.

i would agree with veebee on this comment having done 2 classes at cadence.

 

there are a few advantages to going to group classes...

 

you paying so you get your butt out of bed and go.

 

the weather doesnt affect your ride.

 

your fat ass doesnt affect your ride...just tune the power a little less for the climb  ;)

 

however...

 

if you dont focus on achieving a specific goal...and setup up a specific training plan (have a coach to guide you)...there is a chance it could have a negative effect on your training...as in my case last year...i believe i went balls to the wall and over did it a little too much ...i was broken by the end and didnt see much improvement in my overall cycling.

 

i am not saying cadence classes are bad...just make sure you follow a training plan and listen to your body...the first year cadence class certainly improved my cycling ability. 

 

i would be quite happy to join a studio which had watt bikes and connected to zwift or the like...with wireless headphones and and a play list or options to change what is displayed on the screen...make it exciting...have group races etc...would be a good way to raise funds to improve the studio or for a good cause...like a fellow cyclist or family in need of a little financial support. 

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isetech's Photo isetech 21 Jun 2017

something else to consider...

 

cost to setup a IDT

 

if you own a carbon bike...i hear it is not so smart to use on a IDT...which means a second bike.

 

then you have to buy and IDT ...a good unit is gona cost a few bob.

 

power meter...also gona break the bank.

 

devices to link units.

 

a computer and maybe a screen.

 

data useage.

 

just a few things to consider when considering a setup at home.

 

power base training cost around R 10000...some have specials which reduce to R800 if you sign up for the year for example...so in 2 years you could pay for your IDT. 

 

personally i try go to one power training session per year...R 1000 per year...i learn to pace myself...using the power meter and cadence and push myself to my limits.

 

one day when i am more flush with cash...a personal trainer...a nutritionist...a few power training sessions...a power meter on my bike...a decent IDT with all the goodies to link ...a fibre optic line with unlimited high speed data a dedicated room for for training with A/C huge screen and sound system connected to zwift and i am good to go ;)  around R 50 000 should get a decent setup. 

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coppi's Photo coppi 21 Jun 2017

i would be quite happy to join a studio which had watt bikes and connected to zwift or the like...with wireless headphones and and a play list or options to change what is displayed on the screen...make it exciting...have group races etc...would be a good way to raise funds to improve the studio or for a good cause...like a fellow cyclist or family in need of a little financial support. 

Here in Jhb, Northcliff Cycles has a watt bike studio at the shop.........

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CBlake's Photo CBlake 21 Jun 2017

 

 

if you own a carbon bike...i hear it is not so smart to use on a IDT...which means a second bike.

 

 

 

Why's this?

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CBlake's Photo CBlake 21 Jun 2017

Cyclezone in Rosebank has a good setup. Drawcard for me was that you can use your own bike. 

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Veebee's Photo Veebee 21 Jun 2017

I have been swopping around both my carbon bikes on the IDT with no issues since November 2015.

 

You can pick up a smart IDT for R10k. Just use your phone or laptop to connect.

Zwift R150 a month, Trainerroad is about the same but doesn't use data like Zwift.

 

One month of cadence a year would be a waste of money IMO. Having the IDT means you can do it year round, in the comfort of your own home at your own time. You don't have to worry about driving to these classes.

 

If you have to pay money to be motivated to ride your bike then something is not right...

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Forbsie's Photo Forbsie 21 Jun 2017

hubmarket-94957-0-69594700-1491466965_th Try this? "Crank It" in Bedfordview (at Italian Club)... new Technology, new bikes, really good  :clap: 

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Christian van Zyl's Photo Christian van Zyl 21 Jun 2017

These studios re becoming very popular in various parts of the world. Just a few simple questions to evaluate the need for something similar here in good old RSA

 

Please add some comments on what you believe such a studio should offer membership:

Check this out:

http://www.paincave.co.za

Worth Chatting to Dion Guy. They have 3 studios running on Wahoo KICKR and planning to open up 3 more in the next month. 

 

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isetech's Photo isetech 21 Jun 2017

Why's this?

google using a carbon bike on a trainer...some say it is bad...some say it is an urban myth...some say it might affect warranties...some say it is all bullshyt and there is no problem...as veebee indicated he hasnt had an issue...its your call. 

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shaper's Photo shaper 21 Jun 2017

Also been using both my carbon road and TT bike on the IDT without issue for the last 2 years

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