I am a fattie looking to lose weight. This is my first time using Sufferfest. Have a question regarding the workout. During the workout, the Sufferfest will display the power and the cadence. According to sufferfest, some workouts emphasis the importance of cadence while some emphasis on power. Just wanna ask whether do I match, below or cycle above the target. Thank you so much. And STAY SAFE
Firstly, welcome to Sufferlandria as a nation we come in all shapes and sizes and with our own goals so really hope you get out of it what you’re looking for!
As for the numbers, they are indeed targets as opposed to high/low limits. That being said, it’s not essential to be bang on, but ideally with +/-5rpm is usually about right. Where it can be a little less obvious is that some target in general are more important than others. For me, anything with a value in the 85-95rpm range I think of as “do at my normal cadence” and use them more relatively than absolutely i.e. if it goes from 85 to 90, I take that as a small increase from what I was doing. But especially once it goes below 80 or above 100 I try to stick a bit more rigidly to what the target is saying as at the lower and higher ends of the range there’s usually a more specific benefit to the specified cadence.
Regarding the Full Frontal test (or Half Monty - which might be a “kinder” start to base your Suffering on). Don’t be intimidated by tales of how freaking hard it is, buckets required etc. Just read the info first, do your best and take the results (however"off" they might be) as a good starting point - one you can improve on as time goes on! Good luck. I joined end of 2020 and have enjoyed trying out various videos and the yoga, retested and found I’d improved!
I don’t really have anything to add other than to say good luck and enjoy Sufferfest.
I would agree that it’s easier and less intimidating to start with Half Monty rather than Full Frontal. When I started I used the guesstimate numbers from the on-boarding video then did “Getting Away With It” because I fancied giving it a try, after that I did Half Monty and haven’t looked back since.
It wasn’t particularly my intention to lose weight but I have lost over 5Kg since starting so it’s certainly possible!
In the past I was about 30kg heavier than now, still about 15 away from goal, but that is a whole other story, this to say I can relate.
Main focus needs to be about nutrition.
Exercise makes you feel good, and helps motivation and health in general, but regarding weight there is no way to outtrain a bad diet.
Regarding the Sufferfest it is to me a brilliant exercise program, I highly recommend the strength and yoga programs. (strength also helps a lot with metabolism and weight).
Regarding on bike exercise, not sure how heavy you are, but from experience that can create some issues, chaffing, foot issues, some adjustments to “normal” bike fit on contact points needed. So don’t need to go overboard with suffering just yet.
Testing is a good thing as mentioned, to know your zones, how hard you should push, and also to track improvement. Best gains come when it is not too hard, no point in doing more than you can recover from.
You will probably see big improvements and fast, so that is also motivating !
I’d like to pop in to encourage you to not worry so much about the “fat” part. I have a buddy who’s fat. His wife is fat. His kids are fat. Simply put, they’re genetically optimized for cold-weather living. He’s a Boston qualifier, she’s a long-haul hiker, and the kids are demons on the hockey rink. As a family, they’re fitter than 95% of the families I know.
I encourage you to focus on getting fit. Maybe you’ll get thin, maybe you won’t: a big part of that is genetic. Either way, you’ll feel better, look better, and Suffer better for the work you log today.
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I read all the faq, what i didnt find: if you are choosing your training plan, you will see the Nummer of hours, but does that mean included the strength workouts or is it only the riding time?