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Train Smart Class Decoder

Please note 45-minute classes on our schedule do not include stretching

Whether you are new to Njinga or have a specific training goal in mind, the class decoder above provides you with a breakdown of what each class involves.

Each class on the schedule can be made as hard or as easy as you like by controlling the resistance on the wattbikes but as a general guide the classes we recommend for your first time are:

  • Peloton Cycle
  • Peloton Roller
  • Legs of Steel Cycle
  • Team Chaser

For more details on each of the classes, check out the class descriptions below:

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1. HIIT Cycle:

High intensity maximal efforts on the bike to build your speed, acceleration, anaerobic power and climbing strength to conquer the steepest of climbs.

Benefits: Faster acceleration and top end power over short efforts. Improved average speed and ability to hold onto a group when the peloton surges on a ride.

Njinga Recommendation: Ride this class with accurate FTP training zones to feel the true benefit of the class. If you have not completed an FTP test then you can still do the class and work to perceived level of exertion (scale of 1-10 effort), but the benefits will be far greater with accurate FTP numbers. Hence, we highly recommend you complete an FTP test to work out your accurate training zones for power (& heart rate) to improve your performance and see results faster. If your zones are more than 8-12 weeks old then you should re-test to ensure you have accurate numbers. See Njinga FTP test blogs on our website for more info.

What to expect: Short anaerobic intervals (power zones 4-7) of 1 minute and shorter. Starting in zone 4 at FTP score (lactate threshold) and as the power zones increase the  interval duration shortens

Suitable for: All levels of riders; particularly those keen to improving explosive speed and keeping up with the peloton surges or increases in group speed on a ride or in a race. Also good for those who struggle to ride at threshold and above, over short intensive periods of time. If you are new to this class we recommend riding at least one training zone lower to start. Let the instructor know before the class and they will ensure you are well looked after.

2. Legs of Steel Cycle:

Improve your cycling endurance, stamina and sprint work in one class.

Benefit: A combination of aerobic and anaerobic interval training specifically designed to improve your performance on the bike.

Njinga Recommendation: Ride this class with accurate FTP training zones to feel the true benefit of the class. If you have not completed an FTP test then you can still do the class and work to perceived level of exertion (scale of 1-10 effort), but the benefits will be far greater with accurate FTP numbers. Hence, we highly recommend you complete an FTP test to work out your accurate training zones for power (& heart rate) to improve your performance and see results faster. If your zones are more than 8-12 weeks old then you should re-test to ensure you have accurate numbers. See Njinga FTP test blogs on our website for more info.

What to expect: Longer sweetspot interval with accelerations to mid zone 4 at FTP score and 105%. Then short anaerobic power intervals building from power zones 4-5. 

Suitable for: All levels of riders; particularly those keen to improving muscular endurance, stamina and ability to withstand multiple attackers or breakaways. Also good for those who struggle to ride at sweetspot over longer distances and mid to top of zone 4 (lactate threshold) for shorter periods. If you are new to this class we recommend riding at least one training zone lower to start. Let the instructor know before the class and they will ensure you are well looked after.

3. Mountain Goat Cycle:

Ride and conquer the Mountain Goat Intervals in our signature climbing classes!

Benefit: These classes will help you develop stronger, more powerful legs, increased power (watts) output and improved mental toughness.

Njinga Recommendation: We highly recommend riders use cleated shoes to maximise your power in these classes. Avoid training or doing a long rideout the day before to ensure you train smart to get max benefit.

Suitable for: Cyclists doing harder more challenging Sportives, Mountainous Etapes or multi-day cycle events. Likewise, if you have hit a plateau in your cycling and need help with that next step up.

4. Peloton Cycle:

Tempo building intervals to improve your power control and pedal technique.

Benefits: Improve your overall riding experience and cycling disciplines

Njinga Recommendation: Ride this class with accurate FTP training zones to feel the true benefit of the class. If you have not completed an FTP test then you can still do the class and work to perceived level of exertion (scale of 1-10 effort), but the benefits will be far greater with accurate FTP numbers. Hence, we highly recommend you complete an FTP test to work out your accurate training zones for power (& heart rate) to improve your performance and see results faster. If your zones are more than 8-12 weeks old then you should re-test to ensure you have accurate numbers. See Njinga FTP test blogs on our website for more info.

What to expect: Zone 3-4 power intervals that gradually increase in intensity. Starting at tempo and slowly building up to sweetspot then FTP score and 105% of FTP. 

Suitable for: Every level of rider within the Njinga Community and those riding with Njinga for the first time.

5. Peloton Roller:

Boost your endurance and stamina for your longer rides in this highly interactive and fun class with options to ride at 3 different intensities depending on where you are with your training.

Benefits: Improve your aerobic capacity, muscular endurance and stamina. Also manage your weight loss smartly if opting to do the class fasted.

Njinga Recommendation: Ride this class with accurate FTP training zones to feel the true benefit of the class. If you have not completed an FTP test then you can still do the class and work to perceived level of exertion (scale of 1-10 effort), but the benefits will be far greater with accurate FTP numbers. Hence, we highly recommend you complete an FTP test to work out your accurate training zones for power (& heart rate) to improve your performance and see results faster. If your zones are more than 8-12 weeks old then you should re-test to ensure you have accurate numbers. See Njinga FTP test blogs on our website for more info.

What to expect: Longer endurance class at a minimum 75 minutes with 3 intensity options. Starting in zone 2 and gradually increasing to top of zone 2 (peloton pace) with 2 optional small power incremental increases then back to peloton pace with no recovery until the 60 minute mark. Then shorter optional power intervals to finish in zone 4-6.

Suitable for: All levels of riders; particularly those preparing for a long endurance challenges that require good stamina on the bike. If you are new to this class we recommend riding at steady pace to get used to the longer time in the saddle and take an optional recovery period. Let the instructor know before the class and they will ensure you are well looked after.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS CLASS HERE.

6. Pilates:

A class which will focus on improving posture, core strength and flexibility

Njinga Recommendation: Mats are provided but feel free to bring your own. We also recommend grippy/sticky socks if you have any.

Benefits: Improve your flexibility and range of motion targeting key muscles

Suitable for: All levels; even those completely new to Pilates

7. Power Improver:

Expect the unexpected with new intervals, new climbs and new team-based challenges each week!

Benefits: Improve your overall riding experience and cycling disciplines. A great class to improve your overall riding experience and cycling disciplines

Njinga Recommendation: Ride this class with accurate FTP training zones to feel the true benefit of the class. If you have not completed an FTP test then you can still do the class and work to perceived level of exertion (scale of 1-10 effort), but the benefits will be far greater with accurate FTP numbers. Hence, we highly recommend you complete an FTP test to work out your accurate training zones for power (& heart rate) to improve your performance and see results faster. If your zones are more than 8-12 weeks old then you should re-test to ensure you have accurate numbers. See Njinga FTP test blogs on our website for more info.

What to expect: During the Power improver Class, you will be using a wide range of training zones and perceived effort levels. The vast majority of the class will be ridden at 70-100% of FTP with allocated challenge segments where riders will be riding above their FTP.

Suitable for: All levels of riders; particularly those riders who love a challenge! If you are new to this class we recommend riding at least one training zone lower to start. Let the instructor know before the class and they will ensure you are well looked after.

8. Speed Cycle:

If you want to improve your FTP scores, then this is the perfect class for YOU!

Njinga Recommendation: Do a FTP test first so you are able to TrainSmart and in the correct training zones to see better and faster results!

Benefits: Improve your ability to sustain riding at your sweetspot, 100% of FTP and 105% of your FTP score without recovery to replicate the physical demands of riding in a peloton

Suitable for: All levels of riders, in particular those who have conducted an FTP test and want to improve their power output and FTP score.

9. Sportive Conqueror Cycle:

Our Sportive Conqueror Cycle Class will take you to a new iconic location with every class you experience. Iconic UK, European and Global locations will explored with both climbing and sprinting intervals included along the various class routes!

Njinga Recommendation: Set yourself goals and targets within the class structure. Whether it be for a short sprint or a longer endurance effort, set SMART Targets to keep focus throughout the Sportive Conqueror Cycle Class.

Benefits: Experience various different intervals and class structures to keep your legs fresh and subtle to react to every new challenge within the Sportive Conqueror Cycle Class

Suitable For: Every level of rider within the Njinga Community and those riding with Njinga for the very first time. Let us know your specific Sportive you are preparing for and we will look to add specific drills within the class to help you prepare for your Sportive!

10. Team Chaser:

A special themed class that will guarantee you a good night’s sleep!

Benefit: Join riders from across the Njinga Community for a class that will test every aspect of your cycling with climbs, sprints, pedal technique drills and so much more before you reach the finishing line

Njinga Recommendation: Ride this class with accurate FTP training zones to feel the true benefit of the class. If you have not completed an FTP test then you can still do the class and work to perceived level of exertion (scale of 1-10 effort), but the benefits will be far greater with accurate FTP numbers. Hence, we highly recommend you complete an FTP test to work out your accurate training zones for power (& heart rate) to improve your performance and see results faster. If your zones are more than 8-12 weeks old then you should re-test to ensure you have accurate numbers. See Njinga FTP test blogs on our website for more info.

What to expect: This class is all about fun and getting to know your fellow Njinga Riders within the Njinga Community. In fun and interactive solo and team challenges, you will riding well above your FTP Scores for short fast paced intervals ranging from 10 seconds to 3 minutes. 

Suitable for: All levels of riders can benefit from this class. If you are new to this class we recommend riding at least one training zone lower to start. Let the instructor know before the class and they will ensure you are well looked after.

11. Threshold Accelerator:

Improve your overall power, fitness and increase your FTP score.

Benefits: Improve your ability to sustain riding at your sweetspot, 100% of FTP and 105% of your FTP score without recovery to replicate the physical demands of riding in a peloton.

Njinga Recommendation: Ride this class with accurate FTP training zones to feel the true benefit of the class. If you have not completed an FTP test then you can still do the class and work to perceived level of exertion (scale of 1-10 effort), but the benefits will be far greater with accurate FTP numbers. Hence, we highly recommend you complete an FTP test to work out your accurate training zones for power (& heart rate) to improve your performance and see results faster. If your zones are more than 8-12 weeks old then you should re-test to ensure you have accurate numbers. See Njinga FTP test blogs on our website for more info.

What to expect: Repeated under and overs intervals working in sweetspot, FTP score and 105% of FTP. Intensive efforts as you ride above and just below your lactate threshold.

Suitable for: All levels of riders, in particular those who have conducted an FTP test and want to improve their power output and FTP score. Also good for those who struggle to ride at threshold and above. If you are new to this class we recommend riding at least one training zone lower to start. Let the instructor know before the class and they will ensure you are well looked after.

12. Yoga:

A class that combines the dynamic elements of Vinyasa Flow yoga, to develop strength and flexibility in the muscles, and the more calming, restorative postures of Yin Yoga that will work on deeper, more passive stretches

Njinga Recommendation: Yoga mats are provided but feel free to bring your own

Benefits: Improve your flexibility and range of motion

Suitable for: All levels; particularly those who are very new to Yoga!

Book your next class here. 

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