We caught up with Matt who runs the new Progressive+ on Monday at 8:30-9:30pm. There are changes afoot, and here's Matt to explain what the changes mean:
FoxBlog: Why add this new class?
Matt: Customers have been asking for more advanced classes and we wanted to make sure we where giving something extra for all levels.
FoxBlog: A lovely tough one then. Who is it suitable for?
Matt: Those wanting to challenge themselves, improve their cycling and rip it up for the hour!
FoxBlog: What's involved?
Matt: Cycling. Lots of foxy goodness! A harder, faster, stronger class for those who want to be harder, faster and stronger!
FoxBlog: How is it different from a regular advanced class?
Matt: More, more, more! If you are riding progressive or advanced classes and want a more challenge then Advanced+ is for you!! Just like all Fox classes there are always options but the riders push
each other on. Also, Monday Advanced+ class will echo the previous Thursday's advanced class, so if you miss one, you can do the other - or both!
FoxBlog: How advanced is ‘advanced’?
Matt: We're not talking rocket science! There's a mix of people that come from the more hardcore cyclists training in winter to those that just love to spin. No attitude, no chest beating just a bit of competition and fun!
FoxBlog: Can riders just attend one of the weekly classes?
Matt: The classes are put on so riders can decide, can't make Thursday come to Monday! We can always work the classes more closely - we'll see what the feedback is from riders.
FoxBlog: Who do you think would benefit?
Matt: Definitely those are trying to maximise their fitness gains in a short time. The classes are really high intensity so you get as much as you can from that hour. If you're planning some miles or hills in the summer, the intervals and training we do at Fox will complement weekend training rides.
FoxBlog: Why start now?
Matt: It's cold outside!! It's really difficult to train with the same intensity outdoors when the weather is cold and the nights are short. That's why winters are perfect for advanced+.
FoxBlog: How does this differ from a class anywhere else?
Matt: Using the iQniter system to track and monitor heart rate, we can ensure the sets and intervals are carefully measured and designed to boost a combination of speed, power and endurance. The system means you can track your progress but also see when you are overtraining and need to keep it in check.
FoxBlog: How will riders be able to measure their improvement?
Matt: The classes are designed to boost both all fitness elements, you'll be able to see improvements in your ability to recover from hard anaerobic efforts, improvements in your strength and power, improvements in your technique and speed. When combined with a structured training programme these can yield real benefits out on the road(especially uphill!)
FoxBlog: Why is it important to have measurable results?
The iQniter system lets us track your progress and record sessions, riders will be able to see their recovery times fall. Remember - as Greg Lemond said, it doesn't get easier you just get faster!
FoxBlog: Do riders need a particular level of fitness, or need to do any preparation before they start?
Matt: If you're comfortable in a Fox progressive class or confident on the bike there's no reason why you can't give it a go!
FoxBlog: Do riders need to sign up for several weeks at a time or can they dip in and out?
Matt: At the moment we are running a 13 week programme for those commited. They'll be a new one starting in 4 weeks so it's perfect timing to try a couple of classes before checking in for the whole 9 yards!
You can book class by class and now we have the Thursday and the Monday class, riders dip in and out as often or little as they like :)
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