The Assault bike is an air bike, which is also called a fan bike because the resistance is created by rotating blades (that look like a fan) attached to the bike’s flywheel.
When you pedal the bike, the flywheel and attached fan blades spin. The faster you pedal, the higher the relative resistance because the blades are creating more drag.
If you’ve never done an air bike workout, you might not be sure how to structure an effective workout on an Assault bike.
In this article, we will provide instructions for some of the best assault bike workouts for athletes of all levels.
We will cover the following:
- Air Bike Beginner Workouts
- Intermediate and Advanced Assault Bike Workouts
Let’s dive in!
Air Bike Workouts For Beginners
Most of the best Assault bike workouts for beginners are effort-based, which means that you will either work through different short intervals of hard effort interspersed with time intervals of rest, or you might do more of an air bike endurance workout where you will work at a steady pace for a longer designated amount of time.
The reason that beginner Assault bike workouts are typically effort-based is that this can help you learn what sort of pacing and effort level you can sustain for different intervals of time.
Plus, it is relatively straightforward to progress these types of fan bike workouts for beginners because you can increase the time for each interval for the total workout duration as you get fitter and stronger.
If you are using a genuine Assault bike rather than an entry-level fan bike, you should start paying attention to your calories, meters, and RPMs during intervals during your workouts.
Those metrics can then be used to help prescribe your targets during your interval workouts on the Assault bike.
Here are some of the best Assault bike workouts for beginners:
#1: Pacing Baseline
Arguably, the single best Assault bike workout for beginners is a pacing baseline workout. In these workouts, you work at different effort levels, known as ratings of perceived exertion (RPE), for each interval to get a sense of what different levels of intensity feel like and how long you can sustain certain exertion levels.
There are four rounds of 2-minute intervals, in which you will incrementally ramp up the intensity and then take another 2 minutes of rest before beginning the next interval.
The entire workout takes 16 minutes, and you don’t necessarily have to do a warm-up on the air bike before hopping into the first intervals since the interval kicks off at an easy-effort level.
As you get fitter and stronger, you can add another round to bring the workout duration to 20 minutes.
Continue adding more rounds if you enjoy the format of the workout.
Additionally, because this is an effort-based workout during each timed interval, the actual pace that you are moving during each interval should gradually increase as your fitness improves.
Here is what you will do:
Complete four rounds of the following:
- 45 seconds biking at an RPE of 3 to 4 out of 10. This should feel equivalent to a walking pace or walking effort.
- Move directly into 60 seconds at an RPE of 6-7. This should make you feel like you are working hard, as if you are going for a run.
- Finally, for the last 15 seconds in the 2-minute interval, go for an RPE of 9, which should feel like a sprint. Try to get your RPMs as high as possible.
- Then, take two minutes of rest. During the rest, you can either sit and take a complete rest, or you can pedal slowly and easily until the next round begins.
If you are using a real Assault bike or an air bike with a console that displays your meters, calories, or cadence (in revolutions per minute), you should pay attention to these metrics with each round, comparing the numbers you hit during different effort levels.
Over time, you will want to try to hit or surpass the meters or calories you are racking up in all of your equivalent-effort intervals.
One of the classic Assault bike workouts for athletes of all levels is the 30/30 workout.
In this workout, you will alternate between doing 30-second bouts of an effort level of roughly 8 out of 10 on the RPE scale, followed by 30 seconds of complete rest or extremely easy cycling.
The primary difference between doing this as a beginner air bike workout versus an intermediate or advanced air bike workout is in the total workout duration, as well as the RPMs that you will be pushing during the “on” intervals.
Beginners can start with just a 5-10 minute Assault bike workout and slowly add more rounds of the 30/30 interval schema as they get stronger.
With that said, the focus should still be on working at that 8 RPE effort level during the on intervals. You should feel like you are doing a hard run. It shouldn’t be an all-out sprint, but it will be uncomfortable.
If you wear a heart rate monitor during your fan bike workouts, you want your heart rate to be getting to at least 80% of your maximum heart rate, or even closer to 90%, during the hard intervals.
Intermediate and Advanced Assault Bike Workouts
Here are some of the best Assault bike workouts for intermediate and advanced athletes:
#1: 60-Second Attack
Although certainly straightforward and not a major investment in time, this Assault bike workout is far from easy.
The premise is simple: go as hard as you can for 60 seconds, striving to hit a PR in terms of calories or meters.
This is a great air bike workout to do every 4 to 6 weeks to see if your power, anaerobic fitness, and speed are improving.
#2: Air Bike Power Intervals
This is a tough intermediate Assault bike workout that will have you working at a sprint pace followed by a longer rest.
These types of air bike workouts will help you develop your power and anaerobic strength.
The intervals are set up in a 1:3 format in terms of work-to-rest, so even though it will be hard to go at nearly your maximum effort during the on intervals, you get three times as much rest to recover before you go again.
Even though this is more of an intermediate Assault bike workout, beginners can also try the workout.
All of the intervals are effort-based, so your own personal RPMs for the hard effort intervals will likely be slower when you first start out.
As a beginner, complete fewer rounds of the workout, and add additional sets as your endurance improves.
On the other end of the spectrum, to turn this into an advanced Assault bike workout, add as many rounds as you can do before your RPMs, calories, or meters drop during the “on” intervals.
For example, if you are averaging 125 RPMs during the hard intervals for rounds 6 through 10, you can keep going and add additional rounds until you are no longer able to hit and sustain 125 RPMs.
Here is what you will do:
- Take 2 to 3 minutes of easy pedaling to warm up. Then, complete 10 or more rounds of the following:
- 15 seconds at a 9 to 10 RPE (it should feel like an all-out sprint).
- 45 seconds of very easy pedaling at an RPE of 3-4.
Make sure that you are going easy enough during the recovery intervals so that you can truly hit your max when it counts during the hard intervals.
#3: 60/60 Intervals
The 60/60 air bike workout is essentially a more challenging version of the 30/30 beginner Assault bike interval workout.
You will follow the same intensity prescription, hitting an 8 on the RPE scale, but you will have to push for a full minute.
Instead of taking complete rest, the 60-second recovery period should be easy cycling at a 3 to 4 effort level.
#4: 30/60 Power Sprints
This is an advanced Assault bike workout because it has you sprinting all out for 30 seconds and then taking a 60-second recovery at an easy effort.
This is like the power workout, but instead of sprinting for 15 seconds and getting 45 seconds of rest with a 1:3 work-to-rest interval ratio, you will sprint for 30 seconds and recover for 60 seconds, progressing to a 1:2 work-to-rest relationship.
The 30-second “on“ intervals should be at that 9 to 10 RPE or max effort, and the 60 seconds of recovery should be at an RPE of 3 to 4.
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