Many of us are anxious for the spring when the temperature will rise, snow will melt, and we can get back in the saddle. One mistake many cyclists make is not taking advantage of the time off the bike during the winter months to stay in shape. A comprehensive off-season strength and conditioning program has been proven to not only reduce the risk for overuse injury, but elevate cyclists’ overall performance on the bike and provide a competitive edge.
Instructors at the Cycling Performance Improvement Program recommend the following exercises to get you ready for cycling season.
Strengthening your core (lower back muscles, waist and abs) will improve balance and stability, help with form and increase your endurance. Try planks for a great core exercise.
Upper Body Strengthening
Many people are surprised to learn the importance of strengthening your upper body, which can tire easily from holding the handle bars for an extended period, for optimal cycling performance. Try the Y, T, I series for a great upper back and shoulder exercise.
Lower Body Strengthening
Your lower body is what propels you forward when cycling, so getting your quadriceps, hips, and hamstrings in shape is essential. Try a backward lunge to strengthen your lower body and trunk.
If you have any health concerns, always talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. To learn more about the cycling performance improvement program, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.