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I’ve been reading the RoadBikeRider.com newsletter each Thursday for as long as I can remember. It’s a great e-zine for roadies, and they also offer some eBooks.

What I’m reviewing today is one of their eArticles, “Power to the Pedals” by Fred Matheny. This is a 16 page guide and training plan designed to increase your power output over a 12-week period.

The price? Just $3.99.

Best of all, the workout only requires two, one-hour workouts per week. So you can get in shape even with very limited training time. (You can also include weight lifting and/or a long endurance ride, if you choose.)

I wasn’t expecting a whole lot for $3.99, maybe a basic workout plan that’s better than training haphazardly. But you know what, this turned out to be pretty good!

About the Book

The article is 16 pages total, with the first 8 pages devoted to theory, pages 9-13 for workout explanations, and pages 13-16 contain the actual plan. It’s a quick read, but it’s not low on substance.

Power to the Pedals starts with some reasons why you want to increase your power, then reveals that you don’t have to spend hour after hour, day after day, riding. Just two, one-hour workouts each week will do the trick.

Then there is some info on doing a baseline test with a power meter or HRM (so you can guide your training and better determine fitness gains made while using this program.)

Next, Coach Fred answers questions about weight lifting, knee injuries from power training, etc. Once that’s out of the way, he explains each drill, type of interval, etc.. Compared to other workout plans, this one is pretty easy to understand, even if you’re not used to the terminology.

Finally, the plan is laid out.

The Value of Power to the Pedals

The theory behind these workouts is nothing new. If you’ve been riding a while, you’ve probably heard of sprints, intervals, and one-leg pedaling drills.

But that doesn’t really matter, because the value here is that the workout is laid out for you. There’s no need to read huge books like The Cyclist’s Training Bible and spend hours concocting your own plan, or paying a coach hundreds if not thousands of dollars per month for their customized advice.

You just pay the $3.99, do what it says, and you get stronger and faster.

My final verdict is…

If you’ve been riding and racing for years and already put together your own training plans for each part of the year or already have a personal coach, you probably won’t learn anything new in this eArticle, and you probably already have your own customized plan anyway.

But if you are fairly new to the sport of cycling and have yet to study the science behind training, and you don’t have a structured training plan, this could be just what you need to get strong and in shape for the summer racing season.

Heck, I might even incorporate this into my Spring training.

Official website: www.RoadBikeRider.com

Product Review Details
Company: RoadBikeRider
Product: Power to the Pedals by Fred Matheny
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2009-03-23
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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1 Comment
  1. Looks like the price has increased to $4.99 now. Even e-articles are subject to price hikes!

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