The Athletic Republic performance training center in Park
City has a new toy, and they’re inviting everyone to come and play. Whether
you’re a dedicated cyclist or triathlete, or simply someone looking for a fun
way to get or stay in shape once the weather turns bad, the Wahoo KICKR power
training system delivers workouts that are not only highly effective, but
engaging and sociable.
The Athletic Republic KICKR group workouts start with the
KICKR power trainer. It attaches your own bike, minus its back wheel. As you
pedal, it records your level of power output, heart rate, cadence, mileage, and
plenty more, then projects the data on a TV screen in front of the class.
According to trainer Adam Daniels, who designs and supervises the workouts,
“This system delivers a much better ‘road feel’ than CompuTrainer, so you
really get a smooth ride that feels much more like the real thing. And because
it attaches directly to your bike, we can control the resistance on your bike
to deliver highly targeted workouts.” The ‘wheels off’ design also means that
the systems are quieter and don’t put any wear on your tires.
As you pedal with your fellow cyclists, your effort is
measured and analyzed by the system; for that reason, an initial evaluation is
critical to establish key metrics. Athletic Republic offers this service free
of charge, to encourage new customers to give the system a try. Once your
baseline is established, you can measure your effort during a workout. If that
doesn’t get you going, then perhaps ‘competing’ against seven other cyclists
will. “We get people who are more focused on their own numbers,” says Daniels,
“but there are definitely groups that enjoy getting competitive with each
Daniels points out that the KICKR workout is extremely
time-efficient as compared to an actual outdoor ride, because there is no
gliding, only constant output. Weekday workouts are designed and run by Daniels
with set objectives, and the KICKR unit manages the bikes’ resistance. On the
weekends, more relaxed ‘endurance rides’ are the norm, and riders can set their
own level of work via gearing.
AR offers punch passes for KIKR workouts ranging
from single sessions to a package of 30; unlimited monthly memberships are also
available. Athletes may also add on the Endurance+ option, a gym-based 30-minute
strength, speed, stability and recovery session that is tacked on to the 90-minute
For a small fee, participants can take advantage of the
‘concierge’ service, which offers storage of bikes as well as advance set-up,
so when you arrive your bike is on the stand and ready to go. In addition,
Athletic Republic staff ensures that it is kept clean and the chain well
lubricated. Towels are provided, along with music, TV, and the company of
like-minded individuals, who are there to enjoy each others company but above
all to get a good workout.
To learn more about the KICKR system and to register for a
free evaluation, contact the Athletic Republic’s Park City performance center
(located in Kimball Junction next to the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse) at
435-647-9000. Athletic Republic also offers a full range of training programs
geared to the adult endurance athlete as well as the scholastic team athlete,
all geared towards improving strength, speed, and power. Contact Athletic
Republic for more information.