Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

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Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

Postby jawaka » 10 Jun 2020, 10:00am

For the first time I've been using Cyclego and it's structured work outs and it has sections for honking.

This was awful at first but after 21 sessions of 25 mins in last 4 weeks it certainly feels like a quantum leap in getting stronger At first I was unable to do it for long long as I struggled to do half a a minute , I can now do a minute plus in a higher gear, in fact I'm amazed at how quickly it seems to have inmproved.

Shame it hasn't got smart technology to evaluate progress, but the legs tell me things have got so much better.

I'm non competitive and touring so don't need to honk, but I wonder if it is a fast route to strength and endurance?

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Re: Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

Postby thornie1543 » 10 Jun 2020, 10:18am

To much honking for me just increased blisters.

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Re: Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

Postby simonhill » 10 Jun 2020, 11:29am

Genuine question:

Does it use different muscle/tendon/etc combinations that could adversely affect your normal cycling?

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Re: Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

Postby cyclop » 13 Jun 2020, 3:27pm

I reckon getting better at honking increases your fitness for.....well.....honking.If,as you say,you rarely get out the saddle then your efforts may be a waste of time.I remember a thread regarding someone who trained with weights all winter(never having done so) and saw no difference in speed,though,interestingly,his stamina improved;maybe yours will.

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Re: Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

Postby Audax67 » 13 Jun 2020, 4:16pm

Conventional wisdom says small gear and spin = lose weight, big gear and push hard = build muscle. Fitness should follow either way.
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Re: Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

Postby mattsccm » 13 Jun 2020, 6:25pm

Methinks it might be best to see how it fits into your training plan and what you wish to achieve rather than just bung it in at random. Especially as you are not sure what it will achieve and what you wish to achieve.

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Re: Honking on turbo, does it accelerate fitness?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 14 Jun 2020, 10:29am

Potentially gives you a different option, giving some variety on a long climb.
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