Revolver - It's simple, it's brutal and it lies to you!
Revolver... hello, old friend! Do you remember that time we first met? I certainly do. It was a sunny miserable day outside and I was yet unacquainted with the joys of Suffering. This was a sad and dark time in my life. But there you were, Revolver, and there I was. Standing uncertain at the threshold of my bike torture chamber, Legs naively unaware of the pummelling about to befall them. I had purchased my first turbo trainer with the best intentions, but I hadn't used it in the three months since. ENTER SUFFERLANDRIA, you beckoned. And I, like a lemming, obliged.
Don't look behind you now, but some-THING is chasing you. Something like this... pic.twitter.com/HuRorqKgDl— The Sufferfest (@TheSufferfest) August 18, 2016
I was never so enterPAINed (to, what felt like, within an inch of my life) and I never felt more motivated to get back on the bike and try again. But don't take my word for it...
here's what your fellow sufferlandrians are saying about revolver
This statement is both so right and yet so wrong at the same time:
Counting has never been Grunter von Agony's forte either:
It's simple, it's brutal, and it was my first too!
Few chamois will ever be the same after that day.
Simple. Brutal. Effective. You're on. You're off/sobbing. You go hard and then do your absolute best to bring down your heart rate before it's time to obliterate yourself again. This workout stresses your VO2 and anaerobic system, so it's ideal for building your top end speed. Mercifully, all this happens in about 45 minutes, so you can easily crush it before work, at lunch or after the kids go to sleep.
Revolver combines footage from the track, downhill MTB, men's and women's road World Championships and Cyclocross World Championships. It was hard, but we packed in more Badass Visuals Per Cubic Second than ever before. Not that you'll get to see much of it, because you'll be blind from all the agony.
Just remember, you're being chased by Fluffy the -T-Rex at all times (so whatever you do don't look back).
The soundtrack to Revolver is a fan favourite, with classics like "Stand and Deliver", "Romeo Returns" and "Whiskey" that keep Sufferlandrians coming back for more Revolver. Here are all the songs the Minions could find on Spotify - almost the entire soundtrack!
Who should do revolver?
Revolver is a fantastic first Sufferfest workout. It will blow you up into a million little pieces and help you understand what we're all about here - we know you'll be hooked! Revolver is PERFECT for criterium, track and cyclocross racers and non-serious cyclists who just want to get an enterPAINing workout in under an hour.
We also recommend that Revolver be used when one of your friends casually says "Pffft... Sufferfest?! How hard could it really be?" Keep the gleeful laughter to a minimum - until they've tried it, that is.
tips for getting the most out of revolver
Revolver is a perfect analogy for the theory of relativity. One minute* alternately feels so brief (during the recoveries) and yet SO F@C4!%G LONG (during the interval). My strategy has always been to break down the high intensity segment into two chunks of 30 seconds or four blocks of 15 seconds. Survive each mini-portion and then survive the next (and so on).
You'll also want to...
- Make sure your energy stores and hydration are quite high prior to starting Revolver.
- Have a bucket and 2-3 towels at the ready - much holy water will be spilt!
- Pace yourself by not killing yourself in the first 30 seconds but finishing STRONG. We want you to be strong throughout the entire high intensity interval.
*The recovery intervals are generally a bit shorter than one minute... Grunter's gift to you!
other ways to ride revolver
Just because the intervals are all the same doesn't mean you can't get a little creative...
- BEGINNER: Just finish it - nail EVERY interval.
- INTERMEDIATE: Build your cadence from 100 RPM to 110 RPM in the final 15 seconds, all while maintaining the highest possible output.
- ADVANCED: Ride the intervals at 110-130 RPM - but keep your hips stable and do not rock in the saddle.
Have you ridden Revolver differently? Make sure to leave instructions in the comments.