Ask a coach: ‘Are there any fitness benefits of using indoor cycling rocker plates?’

Does this more realistic riding motion stand to really boost your cycling performance, or is it just a gimmick for enjoyment

Male cyclist using an indoor cycling rocker plate
(Image credit: Future)

Over the last decade, the realms of indoor cycling have drastically evolved, for the better I may add. Gone are the days of the magnetic turbo trainers often leaving the smell of burning rubber, overwhelming noises, and excessive vibrations, which, if you lived in a flat, made your neighbors think you had the washing machine on every evening. 

Arguably, these were simple and required no hardware, unlike the range of the best smart indoor trainers that we have available today. I think we can all agree though, that these magnetic trainers never felt like the outdoors. They felt more like riding through treacle; this was down to the flywheel weight and the inertia it created.

Alex Welburn
Alex Welburn

Performance cycling coach Alex Welburn is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's Ask a Cycling Coach series, online every Wednesday. He's currently completing a PhD on Critical power and W' at Loughborough University whilst also managing the Performance Project, in which he coaches athletes and provides consultation.

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