Video Cycle

This is a Cycling pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 5331)

Here is something that adds extra visualization to cycling classes for those clubs which have access to a TV and VCR.

I purchased several Videocycle tapes which involve showing cyclists travelling through various countries and exotic places, e.g., Hawaii, Oregon Coast, Swiss Alps, British Columbia. Although these tapes have been designed to be used at home with a stationary bicycle, I find they have been a lot of fun to use in group cycling classes.

Each tape is filmed exactly as your own eyes would see it - it's as if you are really there. Each tape is approximatley 60 minutes long which is perfect for most classes.

However, do turn off the sound to the video tape! Instead, put on your own music which characterizes the particular location. For example, for Hawaii use some Island Theme music (posted here January 1999). You could also add Theme from Hawaii 5-0, Elvis's Blue Hawaii, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding), Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Beatles)etc. I also like to bring in some sandcastle buckets, beach blankets to add a little extra to the ambience.

Another fun part, is that you can cue the class to try and pass the cyclists in the video. I like to prewatch the video and make notes as to when the video-cyclists are going to climb a hill, do a sprint etc. Then you can say "Okay people, Lets try to beat these guys up this hill". The way the video is filmed, in certain segments it looks like you are actually passing the video-cyclists. I find my participants really like this type of class. It is particularly nice to travel to Hawaii and Yellowstone when it has been raining outside for a long time.

Note, these tapes are available from Collage Exercise Video (1-800-433-6769) for approximately $20.00 US. However, there may also be other sources as well.


Added by Tom Tautorus at 1:17 AM on Thursday, August 19, 1999 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
(Email: tautorus@npsnet.com)
From: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
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