In cycling, as in any other athletic endeavour, the athlete’s body must have a strong, solid base. This is the key to reaching the top performance, avoiding an injury, and achieving longevity in the sport. For you to obtain your peak performance, all your systems must be operating in concert and as a single coordinated unit. Many cyclists fall into the trap of thinking that cycling is all about the legs.
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Your legs, hips, and buttocks do generate the majority of your cycling power, but to stabilize the lower half of your body, you need to have a strong abdomen, back, and upper body. All sections of your body must work together to stabilize the bike and deliver maximum power to the pedals. This article explains the anatomy of cycling through various training exercises.
With this knowledge base, you will have a better focus during your workouts. You will be able to design your program based on the understanding that complete balance and strength are the keys to successful and injury-free riding.
You’ll be able to take what you’ve trained in the gym and directly apply it to your training on the road. Focusing your mind on the cycling aspect of the workout will enable you to make the best use of your time while working out in the gym.
As a result, you will get more benefits out of each exercise. Cycling is a full-body activity. Each area of the body plays a vital role in distributing your power to the pedals, controlling your bicycle, and preventing injury. If you lack training in a particular area of your body, the entire system falls out of alignment. This will not only cause a degradation in the performance but may also result in pain or injury.