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"Quick Jumps"

dinabean2010-05-02 11:53:42 +0000 #1
I've been going to classes taught mostly by the same gal (who is a triathlete and roadie first, personal trainer and spin instructor second. LOVE HER!) but this week I couldn't make the regular class and had to go to a different one. One of the things this new instructor did was a lot of in and out of the saddle: On single counts, she would have people stand, lean forward, go back to straight/hands on 2, and sit. I just didn't do it, and kept up a standing climb instead, because I felt like an uncoordinated fool trying to go up and down that quickly.

First, is this the kind of move I have heard referred to here as "quick jumps"? If not, is there a different name for it?

And second, no matter what it is called, is this something I would have to do in real life? I mean, should I be practicing this quick up and down, or not worry about it? My fitness goals are to get better at riding outdoors, and I am planning on doing a sprint triathlon in May.

Thanks!
Zen2010-05-02 12:09:35 +0000 #2
Quick jumps will get your heart rate up/improve cardio ability and burn more calories but will also use up the glycogen stored in the muscle. You'll be pooped for the rest of the class.

I don't do them either.
indysteel2010-05-02 12:01:54 +0000 #3
Some of my spinning instructors do these, too. They typically refer to them as jumps. I rarely do them. Regardless of whether they relate to anything I actually do while riding, they just bother my knees a bit too much.
Raindrop2010-05-02 12:55:27 +0000 #4
Quick jumps are contraindicated and shouldn't be a part of indoor cycling classes. Most certifications do allow for jumps or lifts, but they're supposed to be controlled and no up and down like a friggin' bunny.

Jumps are considered to be an advanced move and have their place when taught correctly (meaning with adequate resistance and in a controlled manner). It's wise not to do anything that doesn't feel right to you.

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