Here are some of the many tips you will get to use the next time you go out for an easy ride. Cycling is an excellent whole-body workout if you’re looking for performance and endurance. Here’s how to know if you are ready to start your workout:
1. Make sure you have a good bike thats fitted to your body. It must be the right size and not too heavy for you, yet not to small as to be uncomfortable either. You must be able to comfortably reach any of the gears.
2. When you put the bars on the bike, reach to the farthest position you can. Do not assume that your bike is putting you in a standing position once it reaches the position in which the gears are but a distance away. You must reach all the way, throwing your body forward as you continue to pedal. One side plank should help you find the distance. But this is only one side, use your other side to get strained at the bottom of the pedal stroke, by bending your upper body.
3. The front seat is a principal support for your lower body. Work with the support by bending the upper body. Your hip should not be pushed against the seat, but you should feel tension down the line of your spine, as your upper torso tenses. This tension/coloration suggests to keep pedaling. To avoid this tension, you will have to tilt the seat back a bit more. If the back of your hips hits the seat, you are too hunched up.
4. Keep your eyes focused on the road you are about to ride so that you can maintain your attitude of competitiveness. We recommend investing in a good pair of sunglasses and a couple of bike fists to protect your eyes as you ride your bike. And keep in mind; it is a ways to look cool while on top of the hill.
5. Deep pedal strokes are needed for power and endurance. To generate power, the muscles need to be forced into a knee-bending position. As the bike reaches the eleven o’clock position, strain on the muscles is the result. To create an equal and opposite tension in the pedal while on a downward incline, you need to apply force into the same side, thus getting both sides of the peak to bend at the same time. This twisting exercise is surely going to get you the results you want.
6. Pushing ever so slightly harder on the pedals, while keeping your back straight as you do so, is a sure way to strengthen your quadriceps. Instead of using your legs for more than they should be, you will build your leg muscles into your core. Push your pedals harder to strengthen your legs, not your back.
7. Try to angle your feet in a manner that would work for you, right? If you do some workouts, this is a sure way to exercise your glutes at the same time. When the glutes receive its workout on the bike, you will have a much harder time to attempt to engage it at the gym.
8. Clip in and unclip out of your shoes in a upward and downward direction. This will definitely improve foot and pedal power.
Try taking these tips as your guide to cycle with the maximum of performance. Good luck.