Are E Bikes The Ultimate Fat Burners?

– So today myself and Alan Milway are going to be showing you
the three different types of rides you can go on your
E-bike to maximize your fitness. (upbeat music) Now later in this video we are going to be defining
three different types of rides on your E-bike. Which ultimately are going
to make you much fitter. But first of all I’m going to talk to Alan. Now Alan you got an E-bike. And she’s going to surprise
quite a few people. Right? – Yeah, I guess as a fitness coach you might think that I may
be almost be anti-ebike. Or thinking they’re for lazy people. But far from it. – Yeah. – Far from it. – I hear that you were
sort of pulled into it by the likes of Olly Wilkins
and Brendan Fairclough. – Yeah yeah. Brendan rides a fair bit of E-bikes. Him and Olly ride a fair bit. And I had a perception in my head that they were really for recovery rides. And the boys would take it easy when they were on their E-bike. (laughter) But far from it. – Really? – Yeah yeah. Absolutely. It was one
of those things where Brendan was like you just got to come
down and experience it. Let’s actually get out on an E-bike ride. And you need to see how we’re using them. And how we’re using
them as a training tool. – Because I think there is
a perception amongst people that you buy an E-bike and there’s going to be
a lessening of fitness. You can actually become
lazier and slower on the bike. – Yeah absolutely. Yeah. – That’s not true, right? – No, not at all. It’s
just how you use it. You can use it to make your life easier. And therefore you can go slower. But for a lot of people it actually helps improve their fitness. And it allows you to sort
of stay at the intensities that are most appropriate. And for a lot of people
who don’t ride very much it’s simply the hills around them are probably too difficult
for them to get up without blowing a gasket. – Exactly. Do you know what I see? I see a lot of people maybe particularly my age they go and buy an eight
thousand pound carbon mountain bike. They may be a little bit overweight. You know, they’re carrying
a bit more fat than normal. – Yeah. – And they put a huge amount
of stress on their legs. Right? – Yeah absolutely. And I think you can easily
just look at the heart rates and see the effort that they’re putting in with a heart rate monitor. And when you do that you realize that they’re
sort of 85, 90% at max just trying to get themselves
at the top of that hill. So it makes them tired very quickly. – So you can’t sustain
those kinds of rides? – You can’t sustain it. And they’re not actually
really the best heart rates to be trying to… If you look at it as like a fat burner or trying to make yourself
more efficient and fitter you want to be sitting at
slightly lower heart rate. And that’s where the E-bike come in. It allows you to get up those climbs. It really steadies
maintainable heart rates. – So in other words pro riders are using
E-bikes as a training tool. And let’s not forget that Alan is a trainer of these pro riders. What kind of ride are you going on with the likes of Olly and Brendan? – Well for those guys the way they’re using the
bike is really to cover a lot more ground. A lot more technical riding. So we can maybe do 11 or 12 downhill runs. You know, downhill trails in a ride in that same two hours. And then between those trails we can go right at our threshold level. And we can keep quite
a consistent hard pace. So it’s far from easy. – So really what you’re saying is you can cover loads of different zones of training on an E-bike? – Yeah absolutely. Exactly that. – So today we’re going to be
looking at the different types of riding you can do on your E-bike to maximize the time
spent out on the trails. (upbeat music) Come on Joansy. Come on boy. – Whoo. – Oh Al, seriously. – How was that? – Generally I cannot sustain that. It feels like I’m totally
going into the red. – Yeah you are. Cause of your heart rate. – What’s that all about? – Well the thing is we
would do that an eCode. And that’s the beauty of these things. Because what we can do is we can just change up to trails. Give you a bit more assistance. And therefore we can control we can actual control the effort level. Not the grading of the hill. – So what type of workout
are we doing there? – So this is an anaerobic
threshold effort. And what we’re trying to do is the sort of efforts that really improve mountain bike performance. But as you can tell if you go over that there’s a big energy cost. – So Al what exactly is involved in
aerobic threshold ride, then? I hope it’s not going to
be like that. (laughter) – No it’s fine. Basically this is your sort
of classic interval effort. – Yeah. – So you’re mixing periods of
pretty high intensity work. But not absolutely flat out. With periods of rest. So we might have a five
to seven minute climb and we probably try to
equal out the rest between. And on these things it’s brilliant. Because the mountains and hills aren’t always seven minutes up. And nice and flat between the next one. – Exactly. So it’s a combination between
using your heart rate monitor and the mode button in your E-bike to keep it at that constant. – Exactly. So for you we know that you’re
about 155 beats a minute. – Yeah. – And that’s where you need to be. We can check you on
the heart rate monitor. And again with the modes you can adjust the mode to
keep you in that serious box. – Al it sounds so simple. But at the same time it shows that E-biking can be
hard work at the same time. Right? – Yeah definitely. (upbeat music) Lankin vs Tony Bird. – Oh my God. Absolutely love riding E-bikes. – That’s right. – I love riding E-bikes. I mean would you be able to get up there? – Well this is the thing you just wouldn’t even get
up there on a normal bike. And we’ve just come up there
and we’re hardly breathing. So yeah. It’s incredible. – The other thing is even if you could of got up there you would no way been able
to sustain a climb like that. More than if it goes
on longer up the hill. Right? – No, you’d be absolutely red lining. And that’s where these
things really come into play. – So this is a subject I
really want cover with you Al is fat burning. – Yeah. – Now to me I’m really confused. I see loads of videos which say you could ride at low intensity. – Yeah.
– On maybe bore and ground. At the same time I see these guys who are doing warming up and then doing really
high intensity efforts. What’s it all about? – Right okay. You’re sort of looking at
two different angles really. One of them is are you trying to use fat to fuel? And the other one are you trying to
stimulate your metabolism? Are you trying to actually
get that sort of engine firing up to burn more calories? And the high intensity interval training is where you sort of
stimulate that metabolism. – Yeah. – But you can’t do it for very long. As we talked about before if we set a really hard intensity circuit or anything like that you’re done within maybe 10, 15 minutes. – Right. Long sustained relatively steady efforts that is where you really
will use to start your fuel. – Right. And on a mountain bike it’s actually quite difficult
to stay in that zone. Because you’ve got a steep hill and you go out to that. – On a guess as you just showed there we can up a technical ride. And we can keep that heart rate quite low. – Exactly that. And that’s where the sort of combination of the gear on the
bikes and the heart rate is your sort of feedback. – Yeah. – Let you know if you’re trying to structure a ride you’re not limited by the terrain. I’d never suggest anyone try and do this. – I think a heart rate
monitor is quite good tool for the job as well. Right? When it comes to all this training. – Yeah. I think heart
rates are really useful. Because with some relatively
basic fitness testing and sort of assessment you can get a specific heart rate zone from which to work to. (upbeat music) – One of the great things about E-bikes is you can get a load
of technical riding done without burning too much energy pushing or riding up the hill. As you can see from Alan. He’s getting a little laps done. Now the good thing is you
can learn loads of things about laying choice technique
and your speed on the bike. As I said without consuming too
much energy on the way up. So there you go. E-bikes and fitness. And I generally believe that
contrary to common perception E-bike riding actually means
an increase in fitness. Rather than a decrease. Think it’s big talk, Al? – Well I think that E-bikes they’re a great tool for the job really. And I think that with an E-bike it allows you to maximize
the terrain you’re riding in. And not have that terrain dictate the effort you got to work at.
– That’s interesting, yeah. Maximize and be overly
dictative of terrain. That’s really key actually. – Yeah. – So today we’ve covered
three different rides which will improve your fitness. Can we quickly go through them? – Yeah sure. – We had the three were fat burning anaerobic threshold and the performance aspect. So let’s go through these quickly. Fat burning. – So fat burning traditionally you’re looking at steady state rides. And on a mountain bike that can actually be quite difficult to do because of the terrain. – Yeah. – And with the E-bike as you saw we’re able to go
up some pretty steep stuff. But not having to put too
much effort into that. You know, you go too hard. – But obviously you cannot do that alone. You need to mix that in with some anaerobic threshold riding. – Yeah. – So the anaerobic work that’s… Essentially your sort
of interval training. And with the E-bike it allows you to really monitor
how hard you’re going to go. So you’re not so blown past that red line. You can keep that in the right sweet spot. – Yeah. And of course finally there’s the performance aspect
to riding your E-bike there. The lapse of technical downhill sections. Or endurance sections. Where you’re looking at your line choice your technique and speed. And such things such as that. And Al I think there’s a few tools
that are worth getting for the job. Such as a tape measure. – Yeah tape measure. Sorry for butting conversation. It’s definitely worth
getting an idea on that. Wearing yourself. And I think high ionics is
well worth the investment. So you can really get some
clear feedback from the bike. – Yeah absolutely. So don’t forget to tune
in to the months ahead. Where Alan and myself are
going to be going through each of those videos in detail. For now if you want to
see some more pro videos there’s a great one with Olly Wilkins. 1000 foot dead here. Where we’ve put a bulletproof vest on him to see the impacts of
increased weight on your bike. Like I said leave your comments below. I’m sure Alan will be only too happy to answer those questions. Give us a thumbs up if you
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