Foundations: A 45 min ride for everyone. This is the cornerstone to understanding how to create Cycle Reebok workouts that are suitable for all fitness levels. Interval Training: Also taught in a class format, a second 45 ... more »min. Interval Training ride focuses on advanced cycling techniques.« less
Genres:Exercise & Fitness Sub-Genres:Exercise & Fitness Studio:Bayview Films Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 05/31/2005 Release Year: 2005 Run Time: 1hr 26min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 2 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"This DVD will definitely give you the workout you need. But if this is your first time on a spinning bike, this is not for you. Try the Robert Sherman Cycle Challenge instead. Great Work Out though. Easy to follow instructions, clear speech, and good demonstrations. The instructor works out with you to give you that extra push, and the company you need to know you're not doing this on your own."
Frat Brat | east stroudsburg, pa | 01/22/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was somewhat reluctant of ordering this dvd because of the earlier review of its comedic value. However, I must say that I found Mr. Sherman sincere and I was very pleased with the workout. I'm an experienced spinner but I had been away for awhile and wanted to get back in slowly. I would recommend the dvd. I think it was a good workout, albeit the music could be much more exciting to get a really great workout."
A good workout
M. Garcia | Allen, TX | 01/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think this a great DVD specialy for a first time to intermediate workout level.
DVD is divided in two workouts. First part Foundation Robert Sherman leads you to understand the importance of a good posture and techniques.
Second Interval Training ride, he focuses on advanced cycling techniques
In both workouts, he provides a good warm-up and several series of intervals alternating hill type workout, speed and recovery, cool down and some stretching all according to the proper level.
Over all is a good spinning workout. "
A Fun Ride, Great Workout
CJI | Cambridge, MA United States | 04/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased (1) Cycle Reebok: Foundations and Interval Training with Robert Sherman, (2) Mindy Mylrea's Super Cycle: The Best Ride in Town and (3) Bike-O-Vision Cycling DVD #12 Oregon at the same time. I have been very happy with the first two, and plan on selling the Oregon DVD shortly.
Robert Sherman's DVD is very focused on building strength and skill while maintaining control. He does have the intense, almost cheesy persona that others wrote about, but I find that I really like that. It helps me stay in his game, like he's always trying to hang on to you mentally. Robert talks a lot about staying internally focused, and makes it all about you and your experience. It's meditative in a way - he asks you to close your eyes, envision your body, stuff like that. My maximum heart rate is around 180, and with his workouts, I generally find myself in the 155-165 range, reaching 175 during the last set. He gives regular opportunities to recover and stretch.
Mindy Mylrea takes a different approach. Instead of the internal focus, she is very external - you are trying to catch up with a friend, pass a professional cycler and then run from a big dog. She keeps my heart range in the 165-175, with an occasion 180+. She keeps you running for longer intervals, and gives less recovery overall. She is very upbeat and smiley. I find both Mindy and Robert offer a likeable, valuable workout. Neither has great music, but I don't find myself noticing that very much.
Finally, I don't care much for the Oregon DVD. The music is classic and instrumental, though you could mute that and listen to your own stuff. The ride is pretty, but there's no real sense of hill climbing or speed. You completely have to make it up yourself. Also, sometimes you are sort of going uphill and then you switch to a different part of the road with no clear transition. I would rather spend my time watching DVD's of TV series I like than watch this while cycling."
So far, so good
O.N. | 08/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently embarked on a Couch to Sprint Triathlon training program, training for the bike portion on NYC side streets. Due to the "days of Noah"-esque rain conditions in the city that were inhibiting my ability to consistently go outside and ride since late May, I decided to buy this video to help me stay on track with my bike training. After reading all the reviews about the video, I had mixed feelings but decided to take a chance and purchase the video anyway. I AM GLAD I DID. FURTHERMORE, I WOULD encourage others all levels, however especially those that are beginner cyclists or spinners to purchase it as well.
I consider myself a beginner spinner, although I am not new to spinning and have taken multitudes of classes over the years. Watching the Foundations video, I was impressed with information that was provided in terms of correct positioning of self on the spin bike. In the spin classes that I have taken in the past, the instructors would make sure the bike seat would be set at the right height and distance for you and that would be the tall and short of it, then the class will start pedaling away on some interval type training regimen. However, in the Foundation Video, the instructor made a point to make the viewer also make sure the body was properly aligned and that that rider is using both legs evenly, while giving time to focus on each leg individually. He encouraged reducing bounce on the bike by throwing the hips back, proper rest and body alignment during rest, and proper hydration. What really impressed me, is that the video incorporates stretching on the bike before really getting into the down and dirty of the spin segment. I learned things that I had never heard in any of the hundreds of spin classes and dozen or so instructors that I had worked out with in past.
In terms of difficulty, I could barely make it through the 45 min Foundational Video segment and have yet to try the Interval Training video segment (I want to have the Foundation part down first). Initially, I was concerned that the video would be too basic but that is not the case AT ALL. I think this video is good for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness enthusiast looking to diversify their exercise portfolio. In the case of the advanced spinner/cyclist this video may be more appropriate for a recovery week type short training segment.
So while there are some reviewers that may quibble over music selection or his personal style, there is enough SUBSTANCE in the video to make it a worthwhile purchase."