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HOW MANY EEZ RIDES CAN I TEACH IN A WEEK (and keep them fresh)?!

We all know that the Endurance Energy Zone training sessions should comprise a large percentage of our weekly schedule. These sessions are designed to increase our muscular, cardiovascular and mental endurance and, as a welcome by-product, utilize stored body fat for fuel. In fact, resources indicate that 75% of the energy utilized in the aerobic training zone comes from stored body fat whereas only 25% of the energy used in the anaerobic training zone originates from the same source. Of course, we train for many other reasons than to burn stored body fat, but it is an attractive motive for many. Another aspect of working in the Endurance Energy Zone that I like is the welcome opportunity to spend some significant time addressing pedal stroke drills and cycling technique. It is an excellent time to coach newbies on how to do a cadence count and an equally excellent opportunity to encourage all participants to gain insight and sensitivity to their own body?s rhythm and function. We do a good job encouraging others to ascertain their rate of perceived exertion. We counsel even those wearing a heart rate monitor, to compare those numbers with their rpe or their assessment of how hard they are working. But, we don?t always have the time to guide our students to the awareness of their cadence rate ? something that is important for safety and integral to our training. We often explain that cadence plus resistance equals intensity. We coach our students to take charge of their own training by manipulating these variables to get the desired result. Yet sometimes our words just slide on by. The EEZ provides opportunities to review these concepts, vary them, and practice them thoroughly. Training in the EEZ means spending a lot of time in the saddle and maintaining a heart rate within the 65-75% mhr zone. At first glance, one might easily assume that ?Oh, man, this is going to be a boring class!? It is up to us to make it otherwise. We can make certain that we arrive in class with a strong playlist and an interesting class profile ? not random beads strung loosely together but a string of matching pearls that will get the job done. Yes, our participants must take responsibility for their own class. They must believe that this training is important and that they will experience its value down the road when they grow stronger, leaner, and can ride and/or exercise for longer periods of time ? comfortably, no less! As in most training, there are multiple and complex factors that must work together to achieve the desired results. I met with a client who had been in my Spinning? class yesterday during which we trained in the EEZ. She commented that she had become involved with the class and tuned in to the training purpose from the start, but that the class did not work for her because she was relying on rate of perceived exertion. ?That?s it,? she said. ?I?m finally listening to you and I?m going this afternoon to buy a heart rate monitor. I?m not going to another Spinning class without one. I am simply cheating myself.? Whoa! In my book, it was worth that one class just to have one more student jump on board and complete her Spinning? tools since she already comes to class in bike shorts, bike shoes, a tech top, a baseball cap and with water bottle and towel in hand. Hoorah! Now she?s on her way. But, now, I must be on my way, too. I will be teaching many EEZ classes in the months ahead and it is my job to keep them interesting, effective and pleasurable. It is my job to prove the value of this training. Can I do it? How about you? We would all appreciate and benefit from a good discussion on this subject, I?m sure. And then there are REZ ? Recovery Energy Zone classes. But that is a topic for another day?. Blog posted by Linda Freeman 1-8-2011 for www.spinning.com 1-10-2011
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