The Importance of Metrics
Spinback is proud to be the only studio in China to offer a fully monitored metrics system during every workout with us. All of our bikes, including the Schwinn and newest Stages bikes, record heart rate, RPM, distance, power generated and calories expended. This is displayed via Performance IQ during class, providing motivation through measurement and is able to send customers a personal Performance Summary* at the end of every session to their email inbox.
At Spinback, we encourage the use of metrics for each individual which includes RPM, Watts and even the level of resistance undertaken in order to have the necessary tools for (individual) motivation, measurement and improvement. This also allows you to understand, with your instructor’s lead, where you should be working during each class. Whether riding indoors our out, by setting goals, monitoring your metrics, and understanding them, this will help you to achieve more gains in fitness and continue to challenge yourself along the way. And training with power (yes, it really is all about the WATTS) alongside other tools such as heart rate monitors, can make this possible!
What is power? Power is a measure of work, or energy, produced over time. On a bike, power meters measure the energy expended turning the pedals, and express that energy in watts. Watts are the exact same unit used to measure the energy required to operate electrical appliances, light bulbs, etc. Power meters give us a way to objectively assess how hard we’re working on the bike, which means we can compare an effort today to an effort next week, next month, or next year. For example, utilizing our bikes and computers, as well as Peformance IQ, you can gauge your average watts after each session to do this. Without any way to measure output such as this, it would be difficult to know on a stationary bike if fitness is improving, declining, or staying the same.
* to receive a performance summary you will require a heart rate monitor (available for sale or rent from Spinback studios) and a member profile with us. Please speak to one of our team to learn more and get motivated through measurement!
Spinback is not only leading the pack with our state-of-the-are technology, but we have some of the best indoor cycling bikes available in Shanghai. Having recently introduced the latest and most advanced series of bikes available from Stages, these black & blue beauties are housed in our newest Wuding Lu studio, and for a lucky few, you’ll find some in JiaShan Lu too.
Equipped with power meters in the crank to provide a more accurate reading of RPM and watts (power) as well as an individual computer on every bike to show your current and averaged metrics throughout your ride, these are the crème de le crème of indoor cycling bikes available to you to ensure you get the most from your workouts with us.