The cure for boring indoor cardio: Sufferfest.
So the other day my friend and JSF member Andrew Ward and I were messaging back and forth on Facebook, mostly talking about road bikes. Andrew is a mountain biker and road cyclist, but he mentioned that he hated indoor cardio so much that he simply refuses to do it. Indoor cardio can definitely be boring, but let’s face it: if you’re serious about your training, sometimes indoor cardio is the only choice–and I’m not just talking to cyclists here! It doesn’t matter if you are doing cardio training for general health, sports or fat loss–it’s important to get it done.
There’s nothing worse than boring cardio. I’ll take pain over boredom any day, and that brings me to the subject of today’s blog: The Sufferfest.
Sufferfest was brought to my attention early this year by my friend and JSF member “Craigstr”. Craig used the Sufferfest videos to train for his 2012 mountain biking race season, and he absolutely killed it this year (congrats on your outstanding performance in the tough Northstar XC series, Craig!) I checked out the Sufferfest web site, and after viewing the sample videos I knew this cardio program was for me. I love a good challenge, and the sample videos got me fired up. At that point I was nearly done with my 2012 cut, so I decided to wait until my 2013 cut/training program to incorporate these videos into my training.
Here’s a brief introduction to what The Sufferfest is all about, and a sample video with footage from one of the Sufferfest videos, “A Very Dark Place”:
Nothing compares to doing cardio outside, but if you’ve got no choice but to train indoors, these videos will make your suffering as entertaining as possible (“Suffertainment”).
The videos are all instantly downloadable, and are designed to be played back on a laptop or portable device. Personally I’m going to burn all the videos to DVD and play them back on the television mounted in my home gym. My only gripe about these videos is the resolution is not great when viewed on large displays like the widescreen HDTV in my gym. That said, the video looks decent, and the text is perfectly readable. I assure you that 10 minutes into the video the last thing on your mind will be the video quality.
The music is extremely well done, and very appropriate to the action being shown on the screen.
Apart from recovery rides, I’ll be using the Sufferfest videos almost exclusively when I start my 2013 winter training in early January (here’s my Bike Torture Chamber).
Note that Sufferfest is not a sponsor, and I’m not being compensated by them in any way for my opinion. I’m just passing along my thoughts because I think the videos are very well done and a fantastic value for the money. Of course if they were to send along one of their sweet looking jerseys, I wouldn’t complain (and would wear it with pride)!
Have you used the Sufferfest videos? Give us your thoughts and your best suffer stories!