Windtrainer Workout

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Hill Charges To Climb Stronger

This is a windtrainer session that is great for developing your specific bike strength and power.  It is perfect for triathletes, road cyclists, and mountain bikers alike.

Each Wednesday I’ll post a Windtrainer Workout that you can do in about 60 minutes to enhance your cycling. See a previous post about training intensity (Levels) 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.

This session is inspired by an article from Bicycling mag.

Bicycling’s Hill Charges To Climb Stronger

  • 10min Level II WU;
  • 3x
    • 30sec Level V standing;
    • 30sec Level II RI;
    • 30sec Level V seated;
    • 30sec Level II RI;
  • 10min Level II RI;
  • 3x
    • 30sec Level V standing;
    • 30sec Level II RI;
    • 30sec Level V seated;
    • 30sec Level II RI;
  • 10min Level II CD;
  • 10min Stretching

The Warm Up (WU) should be done at an intensity that is steady but not overconsuming at Level II for ten minutes.

This workout is made up of two sets. These are each made up of three reps taking a total of six minutes.

Start with 30 seconds of Level V climbing up a hill standing up out of your saddle. Then take 30 seconds at Level II for your Rest Interval (RI).  If you are doing this on an actual hill, turn around and return to your start point. Then ride uphill again (or against a hard resistance if on the trainer) for 30 seconds at Level V whilst remaining seated. Follow this with 30 seconds of Rest Interval (RI) at Level II. This completes one rep.  You have two more to go to complete the set.

Spend ten minutes recovering at Level II for your Rest Interval (RI) between sets.

Now it is time to repeat the first set.

The Cool Down (CD) is at low intensity (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes of stretching to assist with the recovery.

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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If you enjoyed this workout, here is a similar session I published previously.

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Ladder

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