The moment I finished Power Station for the first time I was in love. Here was a video built for me - grindingly slow cadences, sustained five minute power, throbbing tunes... I was spellbound. And, I'll get in trouble for saying this (Grunter forgive me!), the video, at first glance is a bit easy*...
POWER STATION hurts the most...— The Sufferfest (@TheSufferfest) May 11, 2016
I say that because, compared to many of our other videos, there's not a lot of time spent above threshold and there's a reasonable amount of recovery built in across the 11 walls, as they are affectionately known. I've reviewed many of my fellow Sufferlandrian's power profiles to notice that they feel the same - we're all overdoing it!
But Power Station delivers and, even though you might feel unstoppable as the world's greatest Volcano Climber during the workout, it's one of those where you wake up the next day and feel like you've been trampled by a herd of wild Sufferlandrian Wildebeests.
FACT: the primary export from Sufferlandria is refined lactic acid. So it's no surprise that Sufferlandrians took a shine to this workout. Exports have Gruntupled since we released it in late January 2016.
Chris McDonnell has incorporated Power Station into his regular training and has seen some great results.
Gill has felt the slow burn of Power Station's brand of Suffering:
@TheSufferfest still feeing it 2 days later— Gill Edmondson (@gilledmondson) May 11, 2016
Power Station is another arrow from the quiver of Sir Neal Henderson from Apex Coaching and it's unlike any other workout in The Sufferfest catalogue. The focus is on driving low cadences (60-75 RPM) through sustained power intervals - with a few surges and attacks thrown in for good measure. The aim of the workout is to improve the power you can apply at each pedal stroke. With adequate training and as part of a structured plan, this workout will help lead to a boost in your FTP and general fitness.
The footage is plucked from Tirenno-Adriatico, Milan San Remo and the 2015 Giro d'Italia, with on-board camera and motorbike shots from the dirt slopes of the formidable Monte Zoncolan. In your quest to conquer the Hit By A Wall Race, you'll encounter some epic pain faces, Couchlandrian Missionaries, lava snow and a pesky news reporter delivering some bad news. You're treated to something really special in the cool-down section, but I won't ruin the surprise by spilling the beans in this post. #Hulking
The music in Power Station... eh, what can I say?! I chose most of the tracks so I love each and every one. There's a real throbbing electronic and glitchy vibe to this soundtrack, with some up-tempo recovery tracks that help you soar into the next interval.
I really can't pick just one song to highlight, so here's the whole playlist (or, at least, those we could find on Spotify). My top 3 are Calypso, Texmex and The Summit.
This question can be addressed in another way, as there are a those among us who really shouldn't do Power Station.
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