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Fitness Cycling Print CE Course

Fitness Cycling Print CE Course

$139.00 USD

Available As

    Print Course

    Course components are delivered as printed products:
    • Fitness Cycling book
    • Study guide
    • Continuing education exam
    The Fitness Cycling continuing education course provides you with a systematic approach to training your clients and athletes to ride more efficiently, climb stronger, sprint faster, achieve performance breakthroughs, and become well-rounded cyclists. You will learn to help your clients set short-, medium-, and long-term goals; assess their skills and training level; and use various methods to track their progress. You’ll design science-based workouts for each aspect of cycling: base training, climbing, flatland threshold training, time trialing, and stationary bike training. You’ll also learn riding techniques and how to select the appropriate bike and equipment, determine proper positioning, and refine the bike fit.

    The course is based on the book Fitness Cycling by Shannon Sovndal, MD, FACEP, and features 56 color-coded workouts based on intensity level so you can create targeted programs based on your clients' goals, current fitness level, and cycling experience. With professional insights on riding techniques, goal setting, training concepts, recovery, and preventing common cycling injuries, Fitness Cycling is the one training guide you’ll turn to again and again for a lifetime of cycling workouts.

    The course includes a study guide containing a syllabus and chapter learning activities to prepare you for the 65-question continuing education exam at the conclusion of the course.

    Course Objectives
    • Develop short-, medium-, and long-term goals using the four Ps of goal setting and the author’s RACE strategy.
    • Understand the training concepts of adaptation, progression, specificity, individualization, proper nutrition, and adequate hydration as they apply to cycling.
    • Assess a client’s level of fitness using maximal performance assessments (VO2max, maximal heart rate, and maximal power) and the concepts of sustained performance (lactate threshold heart rate and lactate threshold power).
    • Understand how to quantify training using frequency, duration, intensity, and volume to adjust training workloads and zones.
    • Outline the components of a periodized training plan.
    • Design and maintain a simple or advanced training diary.
    • Explain the importance of base training and identify the strategies of base training workouts.
    • Explain the importance of interval training and identify the strategies of interval training workouts.
    • Identify the strategies of hill training workouts.
    • Identify the strategies of time-trial workouts.
    • Identify the strategies of sprint training workouts.
    • Discuss the importance of indoor training and identify strategies for stationary bike workouts.
    • Suggest appropriate off-season workouts or activities.
    • Identify key factors in selecting a bike and appropriate cycling equipment.
    • Outline bike positioning and riding techniques.
    • Discuss the two primary types of cycling injuries: trauma and overuse.
    Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:


    A continuing education course for personal trainers, group exercise instructors, fitness coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, cycling coaches and trainers, and athletic trainers

    Table of Contents

    Course Materials
    Course Instructions
    Course Objectives
    Chapter 1: Setting Cycling Fitness Goals
    Chapter 2: Understanding Training Concepts
    Chapter 3: Measuring Cycling Fitness
    Chapter 4: Understanding Training Workload and Zones
    Chapter 5: Planning Your Program
    Chapter 6: Base-Building Workouts
    Chapter 7: Interval Workouts for Flat or Varied Terrains
    Chapter 8: Hill Workouts
    Chapter 9: Time Trial Workouts
    Chapter 10: Sprint Workouts
    Chapter 11: Stationary Bike Workouts
    Chapter 12: Off-Season Workouts
    Chapter 13: Equipping Yourself
    Chapter 14: Refining Bike Fit and Riding Techniques
    Chapter 15: Dealing With Common Cycling Problems
    Study Guide Answer Key
    Exam Instructions
    Exam Answer Sheet
    Course Evaluation
    Certificate Information

    About the Author

    Shannon Sovndal, MD, FACEP, is the owner and founder of Thrive Health and Fitness Medicine (Thrive HFM), an elite team of physicians, exercise physiologists, and athletes who provide clients with the highest level of personalized health care, life management, and fitness training. He is the director of trauma special operations development at

    Denver Health Medical Center and medical director at North Colorado Med Evac. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Boulder Community Hospital.

    From 2007 to 2013, Sovndal was a team physician for the Garmin-Slipstream professional cycling team. He worked as a physician at the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Colorado from 2004 to 2012. Before becoming a physician, Sovndal raced road bikes in the United States, winning the California/Nevada District Championship and many other road races and criteriums.

    Sovndal is the author of Fitness Cycling (Human Kinetics, 2013) and Cycling Anatomy (Human Kinetics, 2009). He has written numerous sport-related articles and lectured on exercise-related topics. He attended medical school at Columbia University in New York, completed his residency at Stanford University in California and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.