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Power Drills

Power Drills

Power drills are some of my favorite workouts to improve power at lactate threshold (the point at which lactate begins to accumulate in the bloodstream). They are the building blocks to improve power and speed during a spinning workout. I have recently been incorporating 'power drills' into my spin workouts. Power drills are some of my favorite workouts to improve power at lactate threshold (the point at which lactate begins to accumulate in the bloodstream). They are the building blocks to improve power and speed during a spinning workout. Spinning is an excellent cardiovascular cycling workout.  Routines range from strength and endurance training to calorie burners. Many people are not fond of spinning at first because it can be ridiculously challenging on the legs. Since it's primarily an anaerobic exercise, it pulls energy from your reserves and builds up your muscular endurance over an extended period of time. So how do you add power drills to your spin routine?

After establishing a 'comfortably hard' heart rate zone we move into a challenging set of intervals working a high aerobic heart rate for at at least 20 minutes.  We build into some steady time trial efforts at a higher intensity and hold each of these efforts for a 2-3 minute period of time.  Then come the power drills where we surge at a 90%, breathless effort for 30 second to 1 minute repeat intervals with a 15-30 second active recovery in between. We typically repeat the time trial efforts and power drills to complete a full 60 minutes of high aerobic and lactate threshold intervals. This is a great way to get those endorphins going and take high performance training to the next level. It's also great for all you runners who need cross training but don't want additional impact on your legs.  Plus it's one of the best indoor workouts for burning max calories.

AUTHOR: Denise Henry

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