Sufferfest Blog

The Horse

The Downward Spiral features a horse. You will grow to hate the horse, because you know what the horse means. You will grow to love the horse in an exhausted, relieved kind of way. Because you know what the horse means. Why a horse? Why not? I could have just had some bog-standard beep or something, but the Sufferfest is not your standard cycling training video. And because you Sufferfesters deserve more…you deserve to be entertained while you suffer. So, a horse. Let’s see what Berg! Attack! features…

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Four stars on Road.cc!

David over at Road.CC put himself through the Downward Spiral and gave it a much-sought-after four out of five star rating! He also gave it a 9/10 for ‘Performance’ and a 9/10 for ‘Value.’ Fantastic. Personally, I would have hoped that he would have been too shattered after doing the workout to even write the review. Here’s the first paragraph from the site…along with a line that proves he was well and truly suffering… “If you like the idea of turbo training but you can’t stand the monotony then there’s plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied, from your iPod

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Alternative ways to ride The Downward Spiral

I designed the Downward Spiral spinning / cycling workout video to beat the living crap out of you. And you’re telling me that, indeed, the crap has been knocked so far out of you that you’re not quite sure where to look for it or if it will come back again. Excellent. But sometimes you just don’t feel like that. And sometimes you feel like doing something a little different than what the video is telling you to do on the screen. To help you get even more value out of video, I’ve put together a few alternative ways of

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Pictures worth a thousand sufferings

Here in Sufferfest Studios, I scour the world to bring you the coolest, most motivating footage possible to match the workouts I’ve designed. The Downward Spiral features footage from five different sources. Here’s a little more about them: WARM-UP: Team Everyday – Slovenia’s Team Everyday was set-up to give the up-and-coming mountain bikers a vehicle to compete internationally. The Downward Spiral warm-up opens up with a trial-run from one of the team’s downhill mountain bikes on the championship course in Canberra, Australia. It’s pretty entertaining stuff, and really gets the blood flowing. CLOSE THE GAP/RECOVERIES: Cycling Tips Blog – Canadian

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Pick of the Week at Velocast.co.uk!

The guys (John, specifically) over at VeloCast were kind enough to review a copy of The Downward Spiral and….they suffered like pigs. and gave it their coveted ‘Pick of the Week!’ “You don’t have to think – you just get on and do what it tells you…the music is appropriate and the video is appropriate to what you have to do…it really gets you psyched! It took my mind off the horror of an hour on the turbo, and it hurt like hell! I’m walking like John Wayne today, I’m telling you!” I’m over the moon about that, since these

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Reviews & Bike Torture Chambers

Rachel and Penny, over at FitMom, just put up a nice review of The Downward Spiral. Penny is a former professional mountain biker, so if we can make her Suffer, then we’re pleased with that! : – ) Here’s a bit of what she had to say! The guy in charge has a wicked sense of humor and it shows all the way through to the end (you’ll know what I mean at the “end” of the workout). The way the workout “talks” to you is great: from the interval start ring-tone to the screen messages. The actual workout is

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Bike Torture Chamber! Get your pics in!

We’ll we’ve got about 15 entries so far in our Bike Torture Chamber contest! Get your pics into me by Dec 1st for a chance to win some stuff that will help you get through your winter training in better shape, thanks to epicplanet.com, globalrides.com, cyclefilm.com and theveloist.com. Details are here: http://www.thesufferfest.com/bike-torture-chamber/

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The Downward Spiral Soundtrack

Choosing the music for The Downward Spiral was one of the hardest parts of this project. Because I wanted to keep the purchase price below 10 USD, it meant I couldn’t afford my favorite songs from my favorite banks. The rights for individual tracks in that category cost upwards of several, several thousands of dollars each.  With 16 tracks on The Downward Spiral, that gets waaaaaay too expensive. So, I had to find as great as music as possible at a cost I could afford so that you’d only have to pay 5.99 Euro. Man, I must have listened to

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What will they cost?

Right. Finally. You’ve all been wondering, and I’ve finally decided. After lots of math (which we hate here at Sufferfest Studios) and red and black numbers, the final prices for the Downward Spiral have been set. The price for the ‘Individual use’ version will be 5.99 Euros. The price for the ‘Group/Class use’ version will be 8.99 Euros. The collapse of the USD made it hard to keep my promise to keep it under 10 bucks, but I’ve managed to do it. I hope you find it more than worth the money – especially when you compare it to the

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Why am I doing this?

So, in a couple of days, the first Sufferfest of 2009 comes out. The Downward Spiral, even though it’s only 60 minutes long, has been something I’ve been thinking about and working on for nearly a year. As I take the 3hr train ride from Zurich to Aigle, to visit the UCI and finalise details for the 2nd Sufferfest of the year, I’m wondering (in a very positive sort of way) why I do this.  I have a ‘real’ job. This is my hobby – but it’s a hobby that I’ve put a tremendous amount of time, energy and love

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