Cycling is usually thought of as cardiovascular activity and rightly so. But bike riding also works the skeletal muscles. The production of power to drive the pedals involves complex activation of several muscle groups. Of course, the muscles most used in cycling are the legs, but you use muscle groups through the trunk and upper body. Depending on your cycling discipline, the level activation of these groups will vary.
Despite countless advances in sports science, outdated and counterproductive beliefs about training and fitness are commonplace in the peloton. In this post, we take a look at five persistent bits of old-fashioned cycling wisdom, and update our understanding with a more modern perspective.
Sweet Spot training is one of the most effective and efficient for cyclists to improve. With the right structure and training plan, you can let Sweet Spot training take your cycling performance to the next level.
You can build a strong aerobic base, in a time efficient and effective manner, with a structured base training plan. Here’s why base training and aerobic fitness are important for every cyclist and how you can make sure you’re building your base properly for the season and goals that you have.
Sweet Spot intervals are one of the most effective ways to get faster. And while they might feel difficult now, you can quickly improve your ability to nail these types of workouts. Let’s take a look at how to execute your Sweet Spot intervals.
After more than 30 years racing bikes, professional strength coach Art O’Connor continues to push himself with new challenges. Learn how he used smart training to conquer a 21- hour race in extreme cold conditions.
It’s common to feel nervous about starting a training plan, especially after a long break or if you’re new to structured training. But it’s easy to find the right plan and start getting faster.
The low-intensity, aerobically-powered Endurance training zone doesn’t get much attention. But if you ride and race bikes regularly, you probably ride at this pace more often than you realize, and it can carry some significant benefits. Let’s take a look at the details of this oft-overlooked training zone.
The aerobic energy system is the most important way a cyclist’s body utilizes energy. How does it work and how can you train it?
Structured training, in its most effective form, is both periodized and progressive. To get faster, your hard work needs to stimulate specific, physiological adaptations. Training periodization divides your season into distinct phases so that your hard work pays off.