Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: 5x 4min VO2 Max Intervals

This session will enhance your top end speed and ability to recover from hard efforts.

Each Wednesday I’ll post a Wind Trainer Sessions that you can do in under 60 minutes to enhance your cycling. See the previous post about training intensity to know how hard to work. If you are working directly with Coach Ray he will in most cases prescribe either a Power Zone or Heart Rate Zone to work within if you are training with these tools.

5x 4min VO2 Max Intervals, 4min Rest Interval (RI)

  • 10min Warm Up Level II;
  • 5x 4min Level V (Cadence 90+Rpm), 4min RI Level I-II (Cadence 90+Rpm) [main set];
  • 10min Cool Down Level I-II;
  • 10min Stretching

The warm up should be done at an intensity that is steady but not over consuming at Level II.

The main set is done at an intensity that really gets the heart rate up and the legs burning. Keep the legs churning like pistons at a relatively high cadence. Ensure that you have a suitable resistance so that you are working hard. When it is time for your rest interval, drop the resistance and change to an easier gear but keep your cadence high and the legs spinning. Work with 4 minutes on then 4 minutes off and repeat a total of five times prior to cooling down.

The cool down is at a low intensity with minimal resistance on the trainer.

Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with your recovery.  This isn’t necessarily included in the 60 minute workout and can be conducted whilst showering post workout.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

I specialise in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at and 021 348 729.

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