In theory, cycling is cycling. The pulse of the music, the exhortations of your instructor, and the presence of a group of like-minded exercisers do nothing to spin your pedals. In practice, though, the ingredients of a typical indoor cycling class somehow combine to lift workouts to heights that most participants wouldn’t achieve on their own. The alchemy of group exercise is well known to runners and aerobics classes, but spinning has found a recipe so powerful that researchers studying it have been forced to re-evaluate their definition of “maximal” exercise—and sound a warning for beginners who may wander into a class unprepared.
Tagged: VO2 max
So other than satisfying curiosity, what does testing your VO2max tell you? Comparing the results of several tests over time does allow you to monitor whether you’re improving or not—but then again, so does entering races.