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Muscles Used for Cycling and How to Train Them

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.


Photo courtesy Stephen Morina

Gaining 107 Watts and Staying Motivated With Low-Volume Training

Stephen Morina’s job entails many long days of physical labor, but he’s used smart training strategies to raise his FTP and stay motivated. His approach can serve as an example for any athlete with demanding schedule.


Jessica Kuepfer uses TrainerRoad to land on the podium in multiple sports.
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Setting Priorities and Reaching Podiums With Multisport Athlete Jessica Kuepfer

It’s tough enough to succeed at one sport. But Jessica Kuepfer takes things further, achieving podiums in multiple disciplines of cycling and running. Best of all, she continues to have fun along the way, thanks to a healthy perspective and thoughtful prioritization.


Sweet Spot Training: Everything you need to know.

Sweet Spot Training: Everything You Need to Know

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.


cyclocross racer Austin Killips uses process goals to get faster amidst hormonal imbalances.
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How Cyclocross Racer Austin Killips Works Through Hormonal Imbalance to Get Faster

Training and fatigue can dramatically affect the body’s hormone levels. For cyclocross racer Austin Killips, understanding hormonal imbalances and establishing good habits have helped her become a faster, healthier athlete.


Minimum Effective Dose: How much should you train to get faster?

Minimum Effective Dose: How Much Should You Train To Get Faster?

It might seem logical that more training makes you faster, but big volume and intensity can sometimes do more harm than good. The minimum effective dose of training strikes a healthy balance, ensuring consistent improvement over the long term.


Training Without a Power Meter, Low Heart Rate, Effective Sweet Spot Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 284

Training Without a Power Meter, Low Heart Rate, Effective Sweet Spot Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 284

How to get faster without a power meter, what a low heart rate actually means, a practical guide to Sweetspot training and more in Episode 284 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


How to Increase FTP While Training Endurance

How to Increase FTP and Train Endurance

A well-structured training plan progressively increases your Functional Threshold Power (FTP). Increasing your FTP increases your ability to hold higher power values longer making you a faster cyclist.


Improving Watts/Kilo, Steep Climbs, Team Time Trials and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 278

Improving Watts/Kilo, Steep Climbs, Team Time Trials and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 278

Building your fitness to improve your watts/kilo, how to prepare for rides that finish with steep climbs, how to train for team time trials and more in Episode 278 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast. More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum. Topics covered in this episode Building your fitness to improve…


Jon Kaslow uses low-volume training to dramatically increase his FTP

Increasing FTP 80w and Gaining Confidence: Low-Volume Training with Jon Kaslow

Jon Kaslow started cycling on a whim, but this busy rider used TrainerRoad’s low-volume plans to dramatically improve his FTP. His strategies are a great example for any time-crunched athlete.



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