FAQs - Indoor Cycling Classes
Max Testa Training uses a scientific approach to assist athletes with their training goals. Participants can enjoy a Max Testa, tailor-made training program, based on their individual fitness profile. Using your own bike, and an instrument for measuring power, exercise intensity is precisely prescribed whether you are a triathlete training for an Ironman, or a novice rider wanting to stay in shape.
Max Testa’s Indoor program includes 6 week blocks of training. During each class an instructor will guide the participants through a training program based on 5 power ranges. Each participant will train on their own bike which is hooked up to a CompuTrainer, and refer to their individual power zone recommendations retrieved from their individual fitness profile.
The range of improved performance depends on many factors, one being the initial level of fitness. We usually see an average of 10% improvement over the course of the season, with the biggest improvement for those cyclists that normally have less time for training. The indoor classes allow participants to focus on quality and efficiency in training, insuring that every minute is used effectively. For those cyclists already in good shape at the beginning of the indoor season, the classes are a great way to maintain the top end of fitness, when racing is not in full swing. Smooth pedal strokes and cadence is also fine-tuned during this time.
Group rides provide a great opportunity to simulate a racing situation, however fail to offer the individualized intensity training required to achieve optimal performance. Throughout the year, Max Testa Training offers detailed, effective training blocks. Depending on the season, each phase will gradually build in intensity while focusing on different training-induced improvements, including central (heart, lungs and blood) and peripheral (muscle fibers) adaptations. Train in your personalized zones in a controlled setting and then see how fun those training rides become!
Max Testa uses a lactate test performed on the bike to determine each athlete’s individual power zones. Lactate is a natural compound found in the muscle fibers even at rest. With exercise intensity, blood lactate levels rise in the muscle and are reutilized as fuel. As intensity continues to increase, the rate of lactic acid production overcomes the muscle’s ability to re-utilize it as fuel. Evaluating this ratio between lactic acid build-up and the muscle’s ability to use it as fuel over a 20 minute period, is a great tool for developing individualized training zones, and therefore, improving aerobic performance effectively and efficiently. Not only is it a predictable, objective way to evaluate each athlete’s fitness level, but a starting point for measurable improvement. We require a mandatory lactate test to begin our programs.
Fitness levels change throughout the year for many reasons. Even if we could, in theory, train continually at the high end throughout the year, we would not see a continual increase in power and performance. To be effective in training, the body needs times of both low and high intensity efforts throughout the year. Therefore, to get the most benefit out of training, we use the lactate test to precisely assess the individual’s correct power zones at that point and time in their season. The lactate test not only becomes an important tool for understanding and personalizing each person’s training in the present, but also a way to notice trends in personal training, which lead to better training practices throughout the whole season.
Park City classes are listed under the ‘Classes’ section of the menu. Your payment will confirm your place in the class. Spaces are limited! If you are interested in signing up for MTT classes at other participating locations, check out our locations page.
One lactate test is required to begin the MTT indoor training program. The cost of the first lactate test is $150. During the season, lactate tests are available for those wanting to re-evaluate their fitness profile. To make an appointment for a lactate test, contact the participating facility on our locations page.