Star Trac® Serves up a Winning Combination of Cycling Program and Bike That's Sure to Gratify Your Cardio Members.
It's axiomatic that by now indoor group cycling is a much proven concept. Further, it has become a staple within the fitness industry establishing itself to be a winner with both cardio members and biking enthusiasts alike. So, if you're thinking of adding it to your club program offering or perhaps thinking about upgrading your current group cycling program, here is a turnkey favorite.
It's More Than Just a Bike
It takes more than the elegance built into a finely engineered piece of exercise equipment to completely satisfy today's members and keep them on their fitness track. They're looking for the "wow effect" of machine and program that can show results and keep them motivated.
Successful cardio programs take a combination of elements such as motivational group leaders, stimulating music, and a room full of peers. But most importantly, it takes that combination of a precision machine and program that were synergistically designed in concert with another. Star Trac® has combined its V-bike® and Precision Cycling™ program to offer a compelling value proposition.
The Star Trac® Precision Cycling™ program applies the latest research in athletic training, sports science and cycling biomechanics to help participants achieve measurable results. This scientific and "real-world" approach to Precision Cycling™ makes the program adaptable to the widest range of participants at any fitness level - from beginners to elite cyclists.
Expertise is Built In
Precision Cycling™, developed by internationally recognized fitness expert, Jay Blahnik, is unique because it adheres to the principles of real outdoor cycling training methods practiced by competitive cyclists.
Blahnik was the 1996 IDEA Fitness "Instructor of the Year" and is currently one of the world's most sought-after fitness experts. He is a NIKE Athlete, a member of the ACE Editorial Advisory Board and a member of the IDEA Group Exercise Committee.
Blahnik is also the co-designer of the V-bike®, Star Trac®'s complement to their cycling program. His work appears frequently on television and in newspapers and magazines around the world. He has starred in over 15 award-winning fitness videos and is a critically acclaimed author, speaker, writer and fitness trendsetter.
Adheres to Sound Training Principles
The Precision Cycling™ Program maintains an adherence to training principles that incorporate higher gears and powerful pedaling that burns calories.
This is favorable to competing programs that use rapid pedaling against little resistance resulting in lactic acid burn, localized fatigue, and unfortunately, member frustration.
Special techniques such as Star Trac's "Intensity Monitoring" are applied to teach participants how to coordinate proper cadence and resistance to meet their individual intensity requirements yet allow them to keep pace with the group.
These non-intimidating techniques with added heart rate monitoring, allow members - of all ages and fitness levels - to participate in a safe, effective and biomechanically sound from of exercise and be equally enthused!
Classes Emulate Outdoor Cycling
Once the group program begins, music (serving as a metronome) is introduced to set a pace and to create a motivational environment. The trainer leads the class over various terrains, including inclines, hills and flats. They also pedal through varied pace intervals in order to build endurance. All the while, the trainer maintains constant communication with participants to announce where they are in terms of terrain, time and pace.
How Does Precision Cycling™ Differ From Other Programs?
Precision Cycling™ replicates the authentic cycling experience by incorporating safe, manageable RPM's (revolutions per minute) and resistance levels that increase caloric expenditure and improve performance, while many other programs encourage excessive speeds that simply do not create a realistic cycling experience.
The unnaturally rapid movements of competing programs not only intimidate the new enthusiast who may not return to the program - or even the fitness center - but can also lead to injury. With Precision Cycling TM, riders experience real group camaraderie because it teaches participants to ride in a uniform cadence, yet each individual is in full control of adjusting their own resistance to meet their individualized intensity goals.
"Realistic RPM ranges, established goals and intensity cues, along with the class moving together to the music are some of the main ingredients of Precision Cycling's success," said Robin Shade, Star Trac® Education Manager. "It's a program that has proven to be much less intimidating to participants wanting to give indoor cycling a try, while true cyclists walk away feeling their energy was well spent."
The Turnkey Package Program
Although developed in concert with it's popular V-bike®, the Precision Cycling™ program can also be purchased separately.
It arrives as a complete turnkey package complete with a training manual for program implementation. It also includes a one-day, on-site training session (including continuing education credits) with one of several Star Trac® Precision Cycling™ program master trainers.
Over the last year, more than 3,000 fitness trainers have attended classes to learn the essentials of Precision Cycling™ and have returned to their fitness centers to teach the program. Internationally, Precision Cycling™ classes have been a success in locations including Venezuela, Japan, Israel, Mexico City and the U.K.
Help in Promoting your Indoor Cycling Program
In addition, Star Trac® provides marketing and promotional support at the club level, including posters, marketing tool kits and advertising and public relations templates.
Tatiana Kolovous, Star Trac's Master Trainer makes the following suggestions when promoting your group cycling program:
- It is important that your new Indoor Cycling program has a distinct name, logo and identity.
- Give it some pre-program exposure such as placing promotional flyers and teaser ads in visible locations in your club.
- Offer preview classes for all the club professional and hourly staff, sell the sellers.
- Design informational/educational flyers that can be given to interested members.
- Find a strategic place in your club to place an indoor cycle for the initial promotion. Use the bike as a "live" bulletin board.
- When you have determined the final location of your cycling studio, be sure to mark it clearly with promotional trailers such as bike tracks leading to it.
What People are Saying:
"The construction of the V-bike® is excellent. True cyclists can really appreciate it."
Carol Patten, Personal Trainer, Centreville, Virginia
"It imitates what real road cycling is all about."
Nettie Azoulay, personal trainer, Los Altos, California
"The bikes are the sharpest ones out there on the market. I was at the IHRSA show and didn't see anything that compared."
Jill Cotter, Owner, Fitness Elite For Women, Carlsbad, California
V-bike® Summary of Features
- "Micro-adjustable" seat and handlebars allows each individual rider to find a comfortable, ergonomic fit for an optimal workout
- Powerful push brake system brings flywheel to a fast stop with minimal effort
- A perfectly balanced 40 lb. flywheel design simulates real cycling and minimizes torque on the rider's knees
- Slip-resistant grips provide a textured, comfortable surface
- Frame is double treated, then powder-coated for maximum corrosion resistance
- Plastic shrouds protect the brake and chain from sweat
- All exposed metal hardware is made from rust-resistant stainless steel
- Heavy-duty steel crank assembly
- Simple friction resistance
A Well-designed Indoor Group Cycling Program Needs a Well-designed Bike
For the ultimate indoor group cycling experience, Star Trac® offers the V-bike®. Its revolutionary mountain-bike-inspired design and unique features make it the ideal choice for giving your members an exhilarating indoor cycling workout. The V-bike® is known for its quality components specially designed for maximum comfort and riding efficiency.
Safety, comfort and durability are the hallmarks of Star Trac®. Therefore V-bike® offers design features that are essential to adhering to these fundamentals. It's elegant simplicity is inviting to beginners while its performance quickly gains the respect of elite cyclists.
Users of all sizes ride in comfort via ergonomically correct body positions and micro-adjustable seat and handlebars. Its intuitive push brake systems quickly stops the flywheel thus giving members safety and peace of mind.
With its chain-driven flywheel design, the V-bike® simulates real cycling. It offers a perfectly balanced flywheel as opposed to a perimeter weighted wheel thus reducing inertia and stress on the riders. Your hardcore mountain bikers and triathloners will find it a viable substitute during inclement weather months while all members will agree that it offers the highest caliber cardiovascular workout.
To service a wide range of members from small to large requires one bike to fit all. The V design of V-bike® automatically adjusts the seat-to-handlebar spacing as you raise the seat thus adapting to longer arms as well as longer legs.
The V-bike has been engineered for simple elegance and therefore minimizes needless moving parts. This translates to durability and ease of serviceability and maintenance. Further, the V-bike arrives with a complete spare parts kit that are intuitive to use. After all, a "down" machine services no members.
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