Do I need to purchase equipment?
It depends on the workout! Playbook has a lot of workouts that require no equipment. We also have workouts that require minimal equipment (like dumbbells or a yoga mat) and some that require weight-lifting machines. There’s something for everyone — regardless of equipment — to help you get in shape.
If you need any recommendations (we get asked this a TON), you can check out our Surreal Recommended Level-Ups here:
When I subscribe to your Playbook app, what do I get?
Great question! One of the BIG reasons we chose to use Playbook for our platform is the MASSIVE value it brings to all of our subscribers. When you subscribe to Surreal Cycling on Playbook, you ALSO get complete and total access to absolutely EVERY creator and trainer on the app.
There are several hundred creators right now, with more joining every day. For just the one tiny monthly price, you will be able to train with some of the best pilates instructors, yoga instructors, weight trainers and body builders, and so many others.
In addition to all of that, you also get early access to all new Surreal content, as well as access to ALL content (YouTube only has limited sessions available!)
What makes Playbook different? How do I know it will work for me?
If you haven’t had success with other workout apps in the past, you may be skeptical about ours. But we’re here to tell you, we guarantee you’ll get the results you want with Playbook. Why? We have hundreds of experts who are ready to train you. We don’t give you one-off programs of PDF documents with no assistance. Our creators add new programs (with interactive, explanatory videos) on a daily basis. Our content is new, fresh, and ever-changing to keep you motivated and ready to work! Plus, if you need help,creators are always here for you. You can message them directly if you have any questions, feedback, or simply want to share your success.
I'm a beginner, is Playbook for me?
No matter where you are in your fitness journey, Playbook can help you succeed. Workouts and programs posted in the app are for any level of fitness. Plus, trainers walk you through all exercises with easy-to-follow videos and simple written instructions. This means you’ll be able to do all the moves easily, accurately, and safely.
What should I know as a beginner in indoor cycling?
1. 80% of your workouts should be conversational pace, not feeling in the red zone
2. Sweat rate - understanding how much fluid you should take in per hour of exercise. Simply weigh yourself naked, work out for an hour with no liquid intake, then weigh yourself again. Take the number of lbs lost and multiplied by 16. That equals the # of ounces you sweat per hour, and so this is also the number (at a minimum) that you need to be sure to replace by drinking water
3. Be sure to not push it too hard every single ride. The body isn't meant to go 90-100% more than 3-5x's/wk max
4. Super important: Not every ride is meant to be completely draining. You want to end the ride WITH ENERGY!
I'm an experienced rider. What advice, in general, would you recommend?
1. Do most of your rides except long rides fasted. Meaning don’t Eat before these rides so that your body can learn to burn fat more efficiently
2. As an ADVANCED tactic: Train exclusively with a heart rate monitor 3 to 6 months. After a while you’ll be able to tell what heart rate you’re at without your monitor. This is an incredible skill to have out on a course or in training because heart rate training is the most effective way to get in incredible shape and be very fit.
(Note: in general we actually recommend against using a heart rate monitor so that you learn to more deeply listen to your BODY, rather than rely on what a screen tells you!)
What is "RPE" or "Rate of Perceived Exertion"?
RPE is a scale that allows us to tailor the ride perfectly to YOU. By giving you a percentage of how hard you FEEL like your body is working, it allows everyone to benefit at the maximum levels for THEM.
For a downloadable graphic of our RPE and Teaching Scale, please click here:
Image file you can save to your photo gallery for quick reference:
PDF if you want a high-quality printout:
What is "FLOW", and why is it so important?
Flow is a state of mind. Literally, it is a brain state where everything else falls away except the present moment and whatever activity it is that has created the flow state inside of you. You forget about the past - grievances and concerns. You forget about the future - worrying about tomorrow, about jobs, about duties and responsibilities. You become so engrossed in what you are doing that it is just YOU and whatever it is that you are engaged in.
Experiencing flow states, even if just for a handful of minutes a day, has been shown to reduce stress, increase feelings of happiness and well-being, and make you feel more connected and "in tune". There is no downside to FLOW!
How does Surreal help me with FLOW?
There are a number of critical pieces to this:
1. We create visuals that draw you in and capture your attention and imagination.
2. We interlace the ride with music and beats that encourage your brain to "sync up", which helps to induce a natural, rhythm-based flow state.
3. We remove all tracking devices (heart monitors, ergs, watts, RPMs, etc), and encourage you to pay attention to your internal "tracking device"... your BODY. By disconnecting you from screens and readouts, you are able to then intentionally connect with YOU. This is one of the most critical aspects of flow, and it allows #1 and #2 above to take hold and draw you into the experience deeply!
I LOVE the Lit 60:Mobility program. Do you have anything I can print out to follow along with?
Download the Lit 60 Guide Here:
👉 PDF for print: https://srrl.one/lit60-pdf
👉 Compact for Phone: https://srrl.one/lit60-mobile
Will I have access to support for questions?
Yes. One of THE most popular aspects of Playbook is that you can directly message ANY trainer on the app directly through the app. You will get personalized support from not only Surreal Cycling, but every other one of the 100’s of trainers on Playbook. Cool, right?