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Reasons Why I LOVE the Airdyne

Ok, I Lied

First of all, I don’t love the Airdyve (AD), as a matter of fact there have been times when I have hated the AD. Wait, that too is a lie, I almost always hate the AD. Buuuuut, I have seen many benefits to its training, so in all fairness, I must express an appreciation for it.

Below are ways my fitness has improved over the last few months by training on the AD weekly.

  1. Training on the AD makes me feel like I’ve dropped into hell. I discovered cuss words I never knew existed and it just makes me an angry Angie, and I often think I will die. Yet here I am, somehow I always survive it and can live to write about it! So, you won’t die.
  2. I only thought I had been training all energy systems. Since I primarily train by myself, I don’t always train with the intensity I should. That was the first thing that struck me that fateful first day on the AD.… the absence of my capacity in an anaerobic state.
  3. My time training on the AD can span from 10 second intervals up to an hour, my engine has thus become bigger which means I have more sustainability in almost any given workout, no matter the duration of it.

    More on the Energy Systems being trained:

    • The Anaerobic A-Lactic (ATP-CP) energy system provides high bursts of start-up energy for activities that last less than ten seconds in duration. Interval training for 10 calories or less on the AD can train the ATP-CP energy system.
    • Whereas the ATP-CP system will only produce energy for 10 seconds, Anaerobic Lactic (Glycolytic) Energy System (fast glycolysis) works at capacity for as long as two minutes. As a result, waste products such as lactic acid accumulate in the blood and in muscle cells. A burning sensation in the muscle, shortness of breath and fatigue are all symptoms of lactic acid build up…this is death knocking at the door. Interval work that includes 20 plus calories can put you into the glycolytic system.
    • The aerobic system is the most utilized of the three as it provides energy for low intensity activities that last anywhere from two minutes to a few hours. Unlike the other two systems, the aerobic system requires oxygen and takes much longer to overload. Often, on my ‘active recovery’ days, I can be found on the AD for up to an hour at a time and typically watching episodes of The Office to keep my mind off of dying.
  4. I recently tested my 400 meter runs by doing multiple sprints with a 1:1 work:rest ration. Never before have I ever ran them as fast as I was able to that day. I bet I’ve knocked off at least 15 seconds off of my 400,  so it MUST be the training on the AD that has contributed to it.
  5. Best of all, my quads get swole!

You don’t have to like it for it to work

In summary, we may not always like some of our training, matter of fact we may hate it but if we just dig in and continue to work through the cussing and anger, there’s usually a reward waiting just on the other side.


Beware of language but pretty much how I feel….and I get to cheat and use both legs!

Sat down to make a motivational video and ended up with this. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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