Indoor Cycling - Das etwas andere Ergometertraining

Translated title of the contribution: Indoor cycling - An alternative to the ergometer or treadmill

Klaus Völker*, Pia Rudack, Axel Urhausen

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Indoor cycling is now an established feature of German fitness clubs. Originally developed as a preparation for racing cyclists, exercise bicycles are now widely used as an alternative to the ergometer or treadmill. Their use aims at the development of cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance. A variety of working groups have investigated the workload and the physical stress of indoor cycling, finding high average heart rates and mean lactate values suggestive of anaerobic conditions. Despite this, the workload was only perceived as moderate. The degree of physical stress can be regulated during training via the heart rate. At lower exercise intensities it is even possible to use the normal range as a reference, whereas in higher intensities the workload is better regulated via an individually calculated heart rate based on ergometer testing. Older people at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases or with preexisting risk factors should have their fitness checked medically.

Translated title of the contributionIndoor cycling - An alternative to the ergometer or treadmill
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)A405-409
JournalDeutsches Arzteblatt
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerobic exercise
  • Cardiovascular risk
  • Exercise bicycle
  • Fitness
  • Indoor cycling


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