This Real Rides "Strength" Trainer DVD offers an 8 week training program to help you build and maintain cycling-specific core strength and power. The progressive training schedule is structured to get your core balanced with the muscles in your back that get a workout every time you ride. Robbie Ventura, ex-US Postal Service professional, narrates, coaches, and rides with you while you do intervals targeted to strengthening your core. As such, the DVD includes on-bike video footage. For these shots, you'll see a dashboard with Robbie's power output in watts, his intensity level, heart rate, cadence, speed, and ride time. These numbers are there as a benchmark for you to ride against and compare your personal figures to. You'll also see specific drills that you can follow at home to train your core and increase your flexibility, off the bike.
The Real Rides "Strength" Trainer DVD is the perfect tool to help get your core balanced and stronger, and guess what? A stronger core might just be the difference between an aching back and a winning sprint at the end of a long road race next season. That said, to get the most from the information in the Trainer DVD, we recommend that you train with power, whether using a powermeter on your bike or trainers that measure power such as the CycleOps Powerbeam or Pro Indoor Cycle. You can create custom training sessions and ride to the DVD soundtrack or toggle it off and listen to your own music as you train.