One of the biggest mistakes many amateur athletes (and their trainers) make, is believing that more weight on the bar, or more repetitions at a given weight means that you’re on the path to increased performance in your sport. In fact, this could not be farther from the truth.
TOOLBOX: This dynamic warm-up for cyclists could be the best way to create a solid base for your biggest gains as a “real-life” rider with a day job, family and other responsibilities.
Spine stability and hip mobility are key factors for strong cyclists to generate the most power, strength and speed. Use these simple exercises to connect your glutes and increase range of motion to improve your road and gravel cycling.
I’m talking to those of you who are cyclists, riding 6+ hours a week for the majority of the calendar year, and who are over the age of 40, and whom do not participate in regular strength training throughout the year, but rather pick it up solely in the fall and winter.
Simply performing strength training exercises and looking to add more resistance and weight week to week, is NOT going to get us the results we want to see in our sport. But what’s the difference between just strength training and training for performance?
TOOLBOX: If you ask any cyclist or triathlete about “core training” you will undoubtedly hear about how great planks are. But ARE they really that great? Do you REALLY need to be planking?
Last week, we wrote about switching up strength training now that cycling season is in full swing and outdoor exercise restrictions are easing. I thought it would be a fine time to lay out one of my favourite on-bike strength and agility workouts.