With group cycling classes like SoulCycle and Flywheel making big waves in the fitness world, there’s now a ton of attention on cycling as a workout. The killer cardio routine has been around long before these studios popped up, but they’re making it more accessible than ever.
If you’ve tried cycling workouts and are ready for something a little more intense, check out these ways to take your workout up a notch.
Ditch the Devices
If you’re cycling indoors and relying on an iPad or TV screen, chances are the distraction is hindering your workout. The same can be said of devices used on typical road cycles (albeit to a lesser extent). If you’re accustomed to using technology during your workouts, try giving it up a few times a week—it could help you re-focus.
By now you’ve likely heard of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and all the fitness benefits that come along with it. Cyclists can enjoy similar benefits by working intervals into their routines.
Head for the Hills
Anyone who’s ever been on a bike knows that even a gentle slope brings a noticeable challenge, so it’s no surprise that big hills will bring a bigger challenge.