Day 14: Results Based Cycling A.C.E. (Basic Cycling)
Background: Implicit uses state of the art bikes called IC7’s that give the rider immediate feedback and accountability using a built-in power meter and zone training. The power meter is used to measure the riders Watt output, and the bike can also sync up with a free app to record all of the rider’s workout data. No more guessing about how impactful a workout was. You can learn more about Implicit Cycling here!
I’ll start by saying Day 14 didn’t go exactly as planned, but it turned out to be a good kind of accident. If you read Sam’s previous blog on The Movement Warehouse (shout out Michael), you learned I’ll schedule the hardest workout on the list when left to my own devices. Well, I was left unattended yet again and stumbled up Xplicit Fitness in Poway. I thought:
A class called RAW Strength? Sam will love this one.
So obviously I signed us up for the Tuesday night 6:20 PM class.
We’re about 10 minutes away when we get to talking about the workout. Sam’s displeased. Turns out it was more of a team workout and not an instructor style course (or so she explained), which is a core part about our project. I had sprained my ankle the night before (avid pick up hoops player, like any retired/washed up college athlete), so we called an audible.
After calling and rescheduling to their 6:20 PM Basic Cycling class, we were happy campers. Partly. I have been a staunch believer in 90% of cycling studios not being difficult. I was proven wrong by Pure Studio, but I figured it was an outlier.
Quick breakdown: turns out the cycling class isn’t part of Xplicit, but it’s run by Implicit. Xplicit used to be the parent company to Implicit, however they’ve since separated. Not only did I book the wrong class at Xplicit, but we ended up taking a completely different class at essentially a different studio.
A+ for effort.
We walked down a dark tunnel past the front desk decorated with spider webs and skeletons. Just Halloween decorations, but I still hate spiders. Up the stairs we climbed as I began to hear house music pumping in the depths. We entered a dimly lit room with the bikes in a circular formation and our classmates spinning away. Our instructor, Jessica, explained to us the technology used at Implicit, the IC7 bicycle.
Here’s a quick description:
Our bikes let the rider know when they are or are not doing enough work by using color coded zones. The colors are easy to follow and hold the rider and the class accountable. Our philosophy is that accountability equals results. Our bikes allow our instructors to take the class out of their comfort zone and hold the riders accountable for their work in order to produce maximum fitness results.
Pretty sick if you ask me. We hopped on and spun off. Jessica instructed us to maintain our color zone, but also target specific zones based off our RPM. This required altering the tension of the bike, and it made things a lot harder. Your bike is customized to your FTP, or Functional Threshold Power. To the rider, this represents the amount of work (in Watts) they can sustain while riding at max effort for 60 minutes. FYI mine’s 250+. No big deal.
Long story short, it was an intense workout. I became legitimately embarrassed by how much I was sweating. Maintaining the zones while altering your tension is insane! But I can see how it can become addicting. Everyone in the class was zoned in to their workout. The workout is customized to you.
Your zone. Your Threshold. Your workout.
The class culminated with a 3 minute cool down in the pitch black. Jessica encouraged us all to reflect. These moments are why I love working out. It’s one of the only (if not the only) voluntary punishments that encourage mental and physical health.
I’ve got a crazy amount of shit going on in my life. We all do. And that’s why I love working out. It’s why I love what we’re doing at Vizer. Fitness has always been a reflective stimulant in my life. It’s like therapy.
It’s my self-care.
Exercise is tough. It’s a challenge. But it’s all about finding your why. What drives you to value and heal yourself while being pulled in literally 1 million other directions?
I do it because it helps with my physical and mental health. In our world it’s nearly impossible to get a moment where you’re alone in your own head. Being alone with your own thoughts can be scary. It can be great too. You think about your impact on the world. Your relationships. Your friends. Your family.
Am I happy?
That answer isn’t always yes. When it’s no, then ask why? Figuring out what makes you happy seems easy, but there are levels. Basic pleasure and emotional fulfillment are two completely separate spectrums. One thing can provide you pleasure, but a culmination of purpose will provide you happiness and fulfillment.
Why am I here? What’s my impact?
With social media, television, work, etc. it becomes harder and harder to do the things that best benefit your health. That’s why we’re doing this project. That’s why we’re building Vizer. We want to make the healthy-living process a no-brainer.
This class at Implicit triggered something in my head: it’s time to do what’s best for you.
Your health. Your head. You. That may not always be what others think is best. And that’s ok.
So, why do you exercise? What does it provide you?
If you don’t, why not? Continue to challenge your thinking and mindset. Physical exercise is scientifically proven to help your body and mind. You’ve just got to find your why.
Jessica showed her fire and compassion during our 45 minute class, but also had a great story to share. Check it out below, and be sure to get your butt kicked at Implicit ASAP!
Meet the Instructor!
Jessica Deprizio: @Jess_depriz
How’d you become a trainer?
JD: I grew up in high school playing soccer. When I moved out here I was working a front desk job at a spin studio in La Jolla. When the manager asked if I wanted to become an instructor, I said “yeah sure.” Fully expecting to not get certified! But five years later I’m certified and I love it. I’m not stopping anytime soon.
How’d you end up at Implicit?
JD: I started at Breakaway Cycle, it was to the beat of the music, you know push ups and all that fun stuff. I began moving around San Diego due to living situations, so I’d hop around a lot. A lot of people in spin classes will not turn up the tension on their bikes when the instructor says so, but when they come in here they can’t half-ass it because you’ve got to hit that tension and hit that color zone. That’s why I’ve stuck here for 2 years because whether you’re having a bad day or whatever, you come here and you can’t half-ass it.
What’s your favorite song to play in a spin class?
JD: Oh my gosh I played it today! It’s Blood // Water by grandson. A lot of people use intervals or time trials to push their students, but I really rely on music to motivate people. I actually heard this song on Riverdale, which is this cheesy CW television show, and it was SO good. I literally spent two hours trying to find it after.
Were you really impressed that I [Dylan] was at a FTP of 250?
Share your experience with the hashtag #100VizerDays or meet us at the studio to join in on the fun! Follow along on Instagram and Facebook