In my last blog I discussed some of the comments made in response to Revbox erg online reviews. The idea of my blogs is raise awareness and educate the masses on Why the Revbox Erg? as plenty of people have an opinion on the merits or otherwise of the Rev’, but also many people don’t actually understand the benefit found between the Rev’ and high inertia trainers.
In addition to discussing why as a coach I recommend the use of the Rev’, importantly I’ll highlight for who it is best suited and for what type of training it is most suitable. In a nutshell I believe all cyclists can benefit from using its technology, even non-cyclists, but it does require a shift in mentality.
Back to the fundamental reason I recommend the use of the Rev’ - it makes you pedal through the whole stroke - meaning greater neurological control and subsequently better blood flow and oxygen supply (this is currently being tested at aCleveland University in Ohio, USA).
Who do I recommend this too?
The serious competitive cyclist looking to improve their performance.
The recreational cyclist looking to improve their performance.
and the cyclist or non-cyclist looking to rehabilitate from injury.
This covers nearly all of those who ride (and don’t ride!) a bike right?! Pretty much. This is of course who I recommend it to, but this also comes with the caveat - a change in your mentality to the physical strain you will experience unique to the Rev’. In essence it’s harder to jump on the Rev’ when you’re not feeling like a box of fluffies, because it makes you work harder. I am the first to admit the Revbox is a hard sell to a Lemond erg user who is used to the resistance, (or lack of) they receive from their trainer. It is hard for this cyclist to look at a recovery ride on the Rev’ as being anything but!
A practical step for these cyclists to overcome this aversion is to only do their training on the Rev’ with the hard rides/interval sessions, over time progressing to easier sessions. When doing an interval session, recovery intervals will also need to be longer and at an easier wattage (but not lower heart rate or perceived effort). Likewise work intervals (when you’re doing the hard part) may be shorter and at a lower wattage. This approach should work two fold:
it will strengthen muscles that you will need when doing any level of intensity on the Rev’.
and it will familiarise cyclists with the different feeling that they will experience on the Rev’ making recovery rides on it that much more palatable.
So for you cyclists or non cyclists, on and off the road, injured or not - happy training.