Are cycling fitness tips really necessary?
Hitting the gym to do your strength training will definitely help towards developing that chiseled look for an up and coming beach holiday, but will it make you a better road cyclist? I will give you my take on the controversial subject, as a cycling enthusiast that took up the sport in their late forties to lose weight and avoid aggravating old injuries.
Let’s be clear here: You can get incredibly fit solely by just riding your bike, i.e. without bothering with any other form of exercise. On the other hand, many pro cyclists do bother with strength training, so in my book that would suggest it is something worthwhile considering.
It’s all about the three M’s
I would hazard a guess that if you are reading this, it is highly unlikely that you are a professional cyclist and rather that you are an enthusiast that needs to fit your cycling in around other responsibilities and jobs. I would also hazard a guess that you are aware that after the age of 35 we lose an average of 5 percent of our muscle mass every 10 years if we do nothing about it.
What is mobility? Is it the same as flexibility?
Mobility refers to our ability to move freely without putting stress on the body. Our flexibility is dependent on the range of motion of our muscles. The two are not the same but are not mutually exclusive. Good mobility can assist your flexibility and vice versa.
And motivation what’s the story there?
If you are at the beginning of your health and fitness offensive, pretty much anything you do consistently will reap big rewards so enjoy, however, it may be that things have kinda slowed down for you and you feel you are getting less and less return on your investment, beware of the dreaded plateau!
This is something I see a lot and is the result of your amazingly efficient body not being challenged to adapt to variety in your training and exercise programs, you have to keep your body motivated.
‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’
Quit the gym, you don’t need it
Personally, I have really benefited from including mobility and strength work into my training. I am going to prescribe activities that will help to enhance weight loss, promote power on the bike and keep injuries at bay. You will be able to achieve this with body weight exercises and minimal equipment, workouts that can be done in less than 30 minutes and in the comfort of your own home.