Performance. It means different things to different people. For some, it means consistent training to achieve a podium finish. For others, it means working on their fitness everyday to ensure they can live life to the fullest. In this series, we interview riders to find out what performance means to them.
Vicky Fleetwood is a qualified personal trainer and professional rugby player. She is currently representing England in the Commonwealth Games - playing rugby-sevens - after 65 caps for the rugby union team and a win in the World Cup 2014.
Vicky, as a professional rugby player, tell us why you use the Wattbike…
As a professional rugby team, we have used the Wattbike Pro/Trainer for conditioning for a number of years, we also do fitness testing on them too. I find that cycling is great for off feet conditioning - to get an extra hit out or when you’re injured and aren’t able to run.
What does being obsessed with performance mean to you?
For me, being obsessed with performance is about achieving something. Whether it’s small wins in the week like beating a personal best, or doing well at a tournament when they come along. I always want to push myself to be better, so the Wattbike can be really useful to compare how well you’ve done in sessions.
Great to hear the Wattbike helps you make continual improvements. Are you training for anything specific right now?
At the moment, our squad is training for the Commonwealth Games, World Series and 7s World Cup. We’re using the Wattbike for added conditioning, as we can’t always do everything on-feet. Sometimes, the sessions may be aerobic, sometimes anaerobic, it depends where we are in the training block.
What is your most used feature on the Wattbike Pro/Trainer?
A big one for me, especially coming back from injuries in the past, has been using the the Polar View feature, which tells you how evenly you are pedalling. If you’ve had a lower limb injury, getting your injured side to work as hard as the other side can be quite challenging to begin with!
And finally, what’s one piece of kit you couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t live without the big exercise bands - they’re great for stretching with, as well as using for lots of different exercises for assistance or resistance.