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New investment for Club Vitae at the Quality Hotel in Youghal

Its proper name is the ‘Life Fitness IC8 Power Training Bike’, but to serious cyclists, triathletes and other extreme exercisers, it’s known as the ‘Dream Machine’. Two of these state-of-the art bikes are being installed in The Quality Hotel Youghal as part of a €20,000 upgrade of the Club Vitae health facility.

Owner/Manager Allen McEnery noted, “Serious cyclists do most of their training outdoors. However, adverse weather conditions at any time of year can create challenges for the workout routine. The IC8 facilitates moving some training inside and out of the elements, so your performance doesn’t have to suffer. These are really a serious exerciser’s dream machine. But you don’t have to be a triathlete to appreciate the unique features of these bikes. They are suitable for one and all.”

Club Vitae Manager, Barry Power, explains the special features of the IC8 Power Trainer. “This may sound a bit technical, but you can directly enter your functional threshold power (FTP) and the IC8 console will show you what training zone you are in. Your screen changes in colour depending on what training zone you’re in. This becomes an easy guide to keep you true to your training plan. If you don’t know your current FTP, you can choose between two testing protocols that are built into the console.”

Barry also noted, “The IC8 comes equipped with an oversized chain to allow you to generate up to 3800 watts of output. In addition, the 155mm Q Factor keeps you as close to your road bike positioning as you can get. Therefore, the transition from riding the IC8 to getting on your bike will be as efficient as possible.”

One of the most unique features the IC8 is ‘Polar View’ that allows you to see your left side/right side power output. By seeing what your left leg and right leg are generating, you can focus on your weakness, become more efficient in your pedal stroke output and ultimately see greater performance.

Allen added, “The Dream Machines are just some of the new items being added on an ongoing basis, including two Life Fitness Upright bikes. It is all part of our commitment to positioning Club Vitae as the finest facility in the region for our guests and our members to enjoy.”

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