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Aerobic Training Programs Staunton VA

Local resource for aerobic training programs in Staunton. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to aerobic exercise like stair climbing, elliptical training, indoor rowing, kickboxing, swimming, jumping rope, stationary bicycles as well as advice and content on anaerobic exercise and aerobic energy systems.

American Freestyle Karate
(540) 885-7868
300 Churchville Ave # B
Staunton, VA
(540) 887-8319
Staunton, VA
Stuarts Draft Snap Fitness
540-337-4FIT (4348)
2857 Stuarts Draft Hwy
Stuarts Draft, VA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Anytime Fitness Waynesboro, VA
(540) 941-5993
831 E Town Center Drive
Waynesboro, VA
Programs & Services
24-hr Operations, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Parking, Personal Training, Spinning, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Five Star Health and Fitness
(540) 456-8784
7850 Rockfish Valley Hwy
Afton, VA
Personal Trainer

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(540) 886-9659
90 Lee Jackson Hwy
Staunton, VA
Herbalist, Personal Trainer

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Amc Lifetime Health
(540) 932-5433
107 Medical Center Dr
Fishersville, VA
(540) 324-1190
2627 Stuarts Draft Hwy
Stuarts Draft, VA
Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym
(540) 942-9466
2800 W. Main Street
Waynesboro, VA
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp, Cardio Equipment, Cardio Kickboxing, Child Center, Elliptical Trainers, Family Gym, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, HUSTLE Dance Class, Hip Hop Dance Class, Indoor Bike, Indoor Pool, Kickboxing, Martial Arts, Medicine Balls, Outdoor Pool, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Punching Bag, Sauna, Spinning, Stationary Bikes, Tanning, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines, Yoga, Zumba

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B E Fit Inc
(804) 740-3700
1129 Gaskins Rd # 107
Richmond, VA
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Following are a series of training tips and training aids used by cyclists to improve their personal performance. Although they have been used for improving cycling performance, the ideas could be adapted for other aerobic sports as well. (Nutritional tips have been addressed elsewhere.)


A nice way to take the pressure off your hands, add another position to your options on a road bike, and increase your average speed about 1 mph without any additional effort. For distance cycling, this is the one accessory that will add the most to your performance.


Nothing more than a lead weight (5.5, 7.7, an 9.9 pounds) offered as a commercial product and attached to your bike, the theory is that if you work harder while training, you'll fly in the race or event. You can make a homemade model by adding lead shot to your water bottle, or in a number of other ways only limited by your imagination.


A hilly course offers an alternative to an interval ride, and will give you some variety at the same time. And riding a tough course will help you develop the mental attitude needed to face those hills in a race.


A fancy alternative to the handwritten training diary, these programs do take an extra commitment of time to enter the data. But they may be just the ticket to give you the incentive to collect the numbers, and they will plot your numbers in graphic form which makes it easier to identify trends. And some of them will give you an analysis and recommendation from guidelines written into the program by the author. However like any "cookie cutter" approach, they are tailored for the average athlete, and may not fit all your personal needs.

Commercial products

  • Ultra coach (800-400-1390)
  • Attain for Cycling


A good idea to help flush the lactic acid out of your muscles and cut down on soreness the next day. If you can, take 10 to 15 minutes for some leisurely spinning after an event or hard training ride. One study from Iowa looked at lactate levels 20 minutes post exercise in three groups - passive recovery, massage, and slow cycling on a stationary trainer. The easy pedaling group removed more lactate, more quickly, than massage which is often touted as the "gold standard".


You can't record all aspects of a workout accurately and scientifically without a good cyclecomputer - Distance, speed, average speed, cadence, elapsed time.


Dehydration can limit optimal performance in a competitive event, and training will suffer too if you don't drink enough. For longer rides, particularly in hot climates or where you don't want to stop for fear of losing the group, a water bottle or two may not be enough, so consider a "Camelbak" or similar fluid delivery system.


Riding with others is an easy way to push yourself. Riding with a group pushes can help push u...

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