Turbo trainers have exploded in popularity among cyclists in recent years as they have become more technologically advanced, improving “real-life” simulation.
Most of the new turbo trainers connect to cycling apps that simulate real routes. These maximise your time working out on the bike (cutting out wasted periods on the road). Turbo training is a staple of professional cyclists’ routines and gives structure to their training.
I use my turbo trainer in the morning, but not too early for fear of waking my wife, as it can be quite noisy. I have water, a towel and a large fan ready, allowing me to stay focused for the duration of the session.
Using the turbo four times a week, following a training programme by TrainerRoad, balances maintaining cardiovascular fitness with days off to try yoga and other exercise to improve my dire flexibility from sitting at a desk all day.
TrainerRoad provides a number of progressive training plans and sessions suited to all different types of riding with the sole aim of making their users fitter and faster cyclists. It’s a no frills app that provides a clear and easy to use interface that tracks key metrics during a training session. Each workout is well-structured and targets a specific part of your cycling fitness, such as threshold capacity.
You can download TrainerRoad on to your phone or computer, and simply follow the instructions to connect it to your turbo trainer. It doesn’t provide you with any form of entertainment so I always make sure I have a music playlist or podcast lined up ready to go.
Over the past year TrainerRoad has improved my bike fitness tremendously, and when I ride with club mates, I can put a lot more “hurt” on them on climbs, making that time spent indoors worthwhile.
— Daniel Fish, product manager, advertising and data, London