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5 Tactics to Make the Windtrainer Bearable

Do you hate riding the windtrainer? It certainly isn’t as stimulating as riding on the road, but it is a great tool to develop your fitness, especially with limited time available.

1. Plan Your Day Around It

If you are a morning person, set aside the time in the morning to get on the windtrainer and do your session. Go to the extent of mounting your bike onto the trainer the night before and laying out your gear. Fill your drink bottle and put it in the fridge.

2. Progress your training

Don’t start out with a really challenging session. Choose an easier session and work up to more challenging sessions. Have a good look through the Wednesday Windtrainer Workout category on here to find some suitable workouts.

3. Get a Coach or Join a Session Somewhere

A number of coaches, clubs and/or bike shops run windtrainer sessions particularly over the winter. Often these are very cheap or in some cases free. Touch base with your local cycling or triathlon club, as well as your local bike shop, to see if there are weekly sessions in your area.

If you aren’t already working with a good coach, find one who can plan and prepare the workouts based on your fitness, capability, goals and time available.

4. Have Everything Prepared 

Constant interruptions whilst you are riding don’t equate with a quality workout. Make sure you have got everything you need within arms reach. Have your drink bottles on your bike, have the remote for the TV, cell phone etc so you are all good to go. Actually turn the cell phone off and leave it in a different part of the building.

5. Utilise a Training DVD

A number of training companies have windtrainer workouts on DVD or online. My favourites are:

  • Sufferfest
  • Coach Troy and Spinervals
  • Carmichael Training Systems

The Sufferfest: Downloadable Cycling Workout Videos

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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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