Tabata Intervals to Build Power
Developed by Japanese exercise scientist Izumi Tabata, these intense
efforts train your body to use more muscle, as well as increase the
intensity you can sustain over a 60-minute time trial, which corresponds
to your lactate threshold. Sprint as hard as possible for 20 seconds.
Coast for 10 seconds. Repeat six to eight times.
Written by Ken Vida
Recently, I have moved to doing a trainer workout where it is 1 minute all out followed by 1 minute of super easy pedaling 16 times. It is based off the video called Revolver which you can find at www.thesufferfest.com
I would recommend if people really want to improve their power, intervals on an indoor trainer cannot be beat. You never have to worry about slowing down for traffic or red lights, you can completely focus on your efforts, and there is no cheating because you can't coast.
There you have it: four weeks of four power-packing drills that when done consistently and with purpose can revolutionize your riding. Feel free to give feedback of your experiences with these drills in weeks to come. It would be great to hear from you!
Finally, be sure to check back next Wednesday to see what the new series of articles will be about.