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For some of us, indoor riding can be a great way to build for the warmer months, maintain a workout habit, or even connect with friends (thanks to programs like Zwift and Discord).
To help inspire those who may be looking to set up their own workout area/pain cave, we asked the STBG Cycling Team to share where they work out and what technology they use:
Phil sets the bar high with a workout room that has evolved after 20 years of running, cycling, triathlon, and core/strength training. According to Phil “In our younger days, there was just a magnetic trainer in an unfinished basement that we swapped between Jen and I. The current setup has fully replaced any need for a gym membership, other than pool or open water access; and was a conscious investment we as a family made as we committed more and more to a lifestyle.
Leslie proves you don’t need a lot of room to get a great workout inside.
With their basement mid-renovation, she has set up her bike and Saris H3 trainer are in her bedroom. When it’s time to work out, she pulls the setup out of the corner, extends the legs of the trainer, sets the front wheel, and turns on her ceiling fan and a floor fan. Using an iPad she runs Zwift with an old Bluetooth heart rate monitor (which she finds to be more accurate than her Apple Watch), Leslie uses a Quadlock case to hold her phone. During workouts, she either listens to Pandora or connects with friends on Discord for a more social ride.
Nancy‘s workout area is all about the light! She uses a Wahoo Kickr core direct drive controllable trainer, Stages power meter, Wahoo Tickr for HR, Dell laptop to run Zwift and connect Zwift to the above devices using an ANT+ or Bluetooth (depending on which connects first).
With her iPhone & earbuds, she can connect to Discord, the Zwift companion app & music/podcasts. Sometimes she will split the Zwift screen with a live cycling, running, or triathlon for additional motivation.
We love Jeff‘s creative solutions, and detailed workout room photos. According to Jeff, his setup includes:
Since the cold weather set in, Steve and I have been working out together with bikes standing side-by-side in the unfinished portion of their basement. Recently, we added a third trainer for our daughter who is working to improve her cardio for the upcoming lacrosse season.
However, you choose to ride in the winter – indoors, outdoors, upstairs, downstairs, or not at all – we love to see what works for you!