There’s no doubt that indoor cycling is booming, with new studios opening up all around the world. Increasingly, new and existing studios are choosing to add video technology to their offering, as a way of enhancing the rider experience. Choosing what kind of videos to play is an important decision for any studio owner or instructor – and one that depends on the kind of classes you want to run. Here’s a list of the types of videos available, and some of the providers.
A natural step for instructors, the use of music video can add some visual interest to a class and be based on a playlist that the instructor has already designed. Just be sure to know to the videos inside and out make sure your workout synchs up with the action on screen.
There is a whole host of movie clips available online that could make great material for an indoor cycling class. You could use a car-chase scene for a sprint workout, or some amazing arial mountain footage for a climbing section. The content is really limited only by your imagination.
Footage from within a bike race adds a new thrill to indoor cycling classes and is a natural complement to high-intensity interval training. It’s easy to work hard when the class feels they have to close a gap to a breakaway or attack over the top of the climb to win the race.
Although not terribly imaginative, it’s possible to show video of an indoor cycling class in your indoor cycling class. This can be an option for studios that are short on instructors and who want to offer ‘virtual’ training.
These videos try to make you feel like you’re outside, riding down a road or climbing a mountain. It’s a nice way to take your classes to other places of the world and see the sights or to put some visuals to your workout structure. Most options in this category are simple ‘first person’ footage and it’s up to the instructor to figure out what workout will match the footage, what music to play and what storyline to create.
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