HOW OUR ONLINE SESSIONS WORK
– Unless you are joining one of our Tech-no sessions (see sessions types below), you will need a smart turbo trainer/bike or a suitable power meter and turbo trainer combo (please visit the RGT website to check compatibility).
– We use an immersive virtual training platform, RGT Cycling, to host and bring the session to life.
– All sessions are professionally coached via a live interactive Zoom video feed – bring your training questions, because alongside leading you through the session, it’s what we’re there for!
– Every session is structured towards a specific training objective and/or energy system.
– There’s no need to worry about how to structure your training week – hit each type of session (V02max, Threshold, Endurance etc.) over the course of the week, remembering to include adequate recovery, and you have a well-balanced cycling plan on a plate!
– You do not need a premium RGT or Zoom subscription to join our sessions – all you will require is the FREE basic RGT and Zoom app accounts to join.
CAN I STILL JOIN A COACHED SESSION IF I DON’T HAVE A SMART BIKE/SMART TURBO TRAINER?
ABSOLUTELY! You can join our new TECH-NO session, which is specifically designed for those without a smart trainer or you can actually join any of our normal turbo workouts. This is because whenever we are approaching a new interval, the coach will always tell you how it should feel in terms of effort out of 10 (10 being a full sprint). Training according to this ‘out of 10’ effort is called the Rate of Perceived Exertion scale and it is a perfectly legitimate metric to train by, so regardless of whether you have a smart turbo/bike, you can still have a cracking session!
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NEW SESSION: TECH-NO
Don’t have a smart turbo trainer or the tech to join and RGT group workout? We have you covered!
Our Tech-no session is super simple and incredibly effective. All you need is some form of static bike and the live Zoom coaching feed. Head to the gym and jump on a bike there or if you have any form of trainer or static bike at home you can enjoy this challenging high intensity session with minimal fuss.
All efforts are described according to Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) or in other words, effort out of 10, with 10 being an all-out sprint.
If you need power and cadence targets, we can give you those too, but the idea is you need nothing but a static bike and the live Zoom coaching feed for a quality workout.
Duration: 1 hour
(Threshold – Zone 4)
This session will see you accumulate plenty of volume at and around your aerobic threshold with time trial type efforts. Your aerobic threshold is the point at which your muscles begin to accrue lactate and begin to fatigue. It is a tough session targeting an energy system every rider needs to spend plenty of time developing, especially triathletes and time trialists.
Duration: 1 hour
PUSH THE LIMIT
(Threshold & Supra-threshold – Zones 4-7)
This a challenging session focused on lifting your aerobic threshold but spiced up and more dynamic than our FTP BUILDER session.
This session complements our FTP BUILDER session in that if that session involves longer steady state intervals, this one will be more dynamic and vice versa. Therefore, both sessions will provide you with a different type of threshold focused stimulus. However, the PUSH THE LIMIT session will always be a step up in terms of intensity, so it should certainly be considered your peak session of the week in that regard.
If you are a heavily endurance focused athlete such as an Ironman triathlete or Sportive rider and you do not have time for a separate supra-threshold session like our BEYOND THE LIMIT session in your training plan, this session will help you still hit those supra-threshold energy systems that all athletes need to develop in order to progress at an optimal rate.
Duration: 1 hour
(Endurance & Tempo – Zones 2-3)
It is important that all cyclists/triathletes develop the full spectrum of energy systems and this requires plenty of work at lower intensity or in the ‘fat burning zone’.
Our ENDURANCE BASE sessions will help build your aerobic fitness by focusing on longer, lower intensity sets, broken up by short higher intensity bursts. Make no mistake however, this is not an easy pootle. 80% of the session might be at an endurance or tempo effort, but that leaves the remaining 20% for us to have some fun! The increased length of the session and lack of absolute recovery ensures this a great workout.
Duration: 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes
SATURDAY GROUP RIDE
(Endurance – Zones 2)
This is a very simple session, we just ride! Each week we pick a different RGT course or Magic Road and ride as a group. This session is a fantastic opportunity not only to get a few social miles in but also to quiz our coaches as much as you like. Bring all your questions and we will be there to answer them!
Don’t fear if you don’t have a smart trainer or access to RGT, jump on any static bike and come join the live coaching feed.
Duration: 1 hour+
FULL SPECTRUM PERFORMANCE TESTING
Our performance testing session is very challenging and tests not only for your Functional Threshold Power, but also your V02max power, Anaerobic Capacity and Neuromuscular Power (maximum power). Testing each of your energy systems in such a way will enable you to build a full power profile, learn more about your current capabilities and develop a clear idea of what types of sessions you need to be doing to improve.
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes
Next testing date: 11 December
Joining our sessions
Step 1: Purchase RIAK ONLINE membership or sign-up to a no obligation 1-month FREE trial
Step 2: Download the Zoom and RGT Cycling apps (only FREE accounts are required)
Step 3: Book onto a session via the booking portal in the Members Area
Step 4: Use the links in the email circulated shortly before class to join the session
WANT TO TRY A SESSION FOR FREE?
Join us live!
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm, we run a FREE coached workout on RGT Cycling.
To join, either sign up to a 1-month FREE trial and book on via the Members Area or simply find our Wednesday session in the RGT events calendar and the details are all there!