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New indoor bikes at Vail Athletic Club

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Keiser M3 has been called a revolution in the indoor cycling industry and is currently a hot trend in the fitness industry. The Vail Athletic Club (VAC) recently invested in an entire fleet of the bikes.”We’re continually looking for ways to improve our offerings for members and guests,” said Shinji Tsuji, Vail Athletic Club’s indoor cycling instructor. “The Keiser M3 bikes allow us to help local athletes – weekend warriors and seasoned pros – train effectively and efficiently with a personalized, tailored program.”The secret weapon aboard the Keiser M3 is the watt meter. This piece of equipment, along with specialized training programs and motivation and leadership from VAC trainers, puts the focus on power output (watts). Through an initial field test – a 20-minute time trail – each participant finds his or her individual power output, or “functional threshold power.” This information is used by VAC staff to create the ideal winter training program for peak performance come spring and summer.”The Keiser M3 training program ensures our athletes don’t over-train during the winter,” Tsuji said. “We can design personalized programming to guarantee peak timing and a competitive, extended season.”For riders, the M3 offers a smooth ride; the ability to adjust per body type; usability – no instruction needed; the ability to monitor progress in real time; and an effective workout.The VAC has created a series of new indoor training classes designed around the bike. The classes include four of seven areas of focus, or training categories, to address individual goals and target training for members and guests involved with the program. VAC classes focus on endurance, tempo, lactate threshold and interval training (incorporating VO2 max, anaerobic capacity and neuromuscular power categories). And personal output is based upon individual field tests, or individual functional threshold power, unique to each participant.Classes started at the beginning of November and the next field test opportunity is scheduled for Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Field test space is limited and Tsuji recommends interested athletes sign up to participate.The program is free for VAC members. Guests may enjoy full use of the club, including the Keiser M3 bikes and classes, for $35 per day. Use of the club for non-members is free for the day with the completion of a spa treatment.”Participants don’t have to complete a field test to participate in the classes, but it does offer more precise training,” Tsuji said. “We recommend the test for anyone who is serious about their regimen and about their performance.”The VAC is part of The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa. For information about the new Keiser M3 training program at the Vail Athletic Club, visit http://www.vailathleticclub.com or call 970-476-7960.


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