Italian firm Technogym, manufacturers of all kinds of fitness equipment, have launched a new direct drive trainer. The new smart trainer comes with it’s own training app called TNT; Technogym Neuromuscular Training.
Technogym have been around since 1983, when founder Nerio Alessandri started the company at the tender age of 22. He designed his first pieces of gym equipment in the garage and the company now employs 22,000 people. You may well have seen their machines at your local gym, taking a battering from enthusiastic gym bunnies. They have now taken that experience to produce a direct driver trainer for the home. With an estimated 36 million people using their products everyday, reliability and quality shouldn’t be an issue.
The MYCYCLING™ trainer has been designed to stable in use, even when sprinting, which can be a problem with some indoor trainers. It’s low weight of 18kg should make it easier to move around and set up. While the resistance is provided by an electro-magnetic brake, a torque sensor measures your power output with a claimed +/-1% accuracy. There is also an optical sensor that records the cadence and thrust of your pedal stroke; which can be displayed on the MYCYCLING app. This will allow you to analyse your pedal stroke and symmetry, perhaps producing the kind of ‘souplesse’ that will be the envy of your fellow cyclists!
A phone based app controls the MYCYCLING trainer, connecting with the trainer via Bluetooth. Once you have downloaded the app you will have access to Technogym’s tests, programmes, routes and bio-feedback. You’ll be able to ride on routes such as the Passo dello Stelvio and the Alpe d’Huez via the app and “engage in challenging competitions with other MYCYCLING™ users”. It will be interesting to see what form the Technogym races will take. Will it be a virtual world like Zwift, or on real life tracks like Bkool? As well as enjoying Technogym’s virtual world, MYCYCLING is compatible with Zwift; with Bkool and the Sufferfest to follow. And if you have a Garmin or Strava account you can upload your training for posterity.
Technogym designed the MYCYCLING trainer using input from their own Medical and Scientific Research Centre. They have produced a dedicated training system for cyclists which they have called TNT, Technogym Neuromuscular Training. Starting with two preliminary tests – a Technogym Maximal Test and an FTP test – you will be able to follow an eighteen week training programme. This is made up of three phases each lasting 6 weeks: preparation, development and transition. There are also programmes designed by professional coaches for specific training goals which you can access at any time via the app.
I hope to have one to review in the next few weeks and will let you know how it performs. It will be interesting to see if it is compatible with the virtual world of cycling that is growing ever more popular. Also as a direct drive model it should be a quieter than the standard wheel on variety; great news for the neighbours downstairs!
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