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    • #26658
      AvatarDBentley
      Participant

      Hi Lynda. I’m finally getting a Kickr smart trainer after using your plans for four years on a fluid trainer. I understand you’ve directed people to use resistance mode for the 20 minute FTP test. If I don’t want to use ERG mode for VO2 max and threshold intervals which mode would you recommend? Level mode or resistance mode.. or can I just change it up between these modes and sometimes use ERG mode?

      Thanks!

    • #26662
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Congrats. You will enjoy the Kickr.

      I recommend mixing it up and using ERG mode sometimes and level mode sometimes when doing tempo, sweet spot, threshold and longer VO2max intervals. For short duration intervals of 1 minute or less, level mode is best.

      ERG and level mode have pros and cons. If you use both, you can take advantage of the benefits of both styles and be a more adaptable athlete.

      Here is a run down on the advantages of either mode.

      Coach Lynda

    • #26664
      AvatarDBentley
      Participant

      OK. Great. So you don’t recommend using resistance mode for intervals?

      Thanks

    • #26665
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Use all your modes at different times to get full use out of your trainer. Resistance and level mode are non-ERG modes and are good for the short duration intervals.

      Coach Lynda

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