Cycling http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/2258/%2A en Adjust Your Alignment to Develop World-Class Cornering Skills http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/adjust-your-alignment-to-develop-world-class-cornering-skills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/adjust-your-alignment-to-develop-world-class-cornering-skills" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/cornersquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Going downhill quickly and safely requires good balance and cycle-handling skills that can be practiced and honed to improve. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I love watching the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/friday-flicks-greatest-moments-of-the-tour-de-france" target="_blank">Tour de France</a> and the other races that are on television at the moment. Not only is there the excitement of the race and following your favorite rider or team, but an excellent opportunity to see what the professionals do and how they handle their cycles.<strong> In particular, I am thinking about the long descents involving many twisting turns that the riders make on their way to the bottom.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/adjust-your-alignment-to-develop-world-class-cornering-skills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cornering cycling downhill position practice Cycling Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 21961 at http://breakingmuscle.com Cyclists: How to Combine Races and Training for a Successful Summer http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/cyclists-how-to-combine-races-and-training-for-a-successful-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/cyclists-how-to-combine-races-and-training-for-a-successful-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/shutterstock128004959.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Let’s look at your goals, your schedule, and how you can arrange your training to have both fun and progress this season. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There are so many athletic events taking place now that the summer is here in United Kingdom</strong>. It would be possible to book myself in for an event, whether a race or just a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/sportive-cycling-events-what-they-are-why-to-do-them-and-how-to-prepare" target="_blank">social ride</a>, at least once every day of the week - and that is just in my local area.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/cyclists-how-to-combine-races-and-training-for-a-successful-summer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling fun goals progress race schedule Cycling Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 21196 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Your Recovery Relates Directly to Your Performance http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-your-recovery-relates-directly-to-your-performance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/how-your-recovery-relates-directly-to-your-performance" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140604/square.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Want to get stronger, perform better, and increase your power? The answer lies in your recovery. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I&rsquo;m having a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/7-essential-elements-of-rest-and-recovery" target="_blank">recovery week</a> this week. When is the last time you took one? <strong>Recovery is an important part of getting stronger and in this article I&rsquo;m going to explain why</strong>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/20140604/shutterstock147035456.jpg" style="height: 497px; width: 640px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-your-recovery-relates-directly-to-your-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active rest breakingmuscle cycling Recovery rest Cycling Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 19726 at http://breakingmuscle.com Mixing Resistance and Endurance Training Leads to Better Results http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/mixing-resistance-and-endurance-training-leads-to-better-results <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/mixing-resistance-and-endurance-training-leads-to-better-results" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140508/shutterstock57557086.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Since performance is related to how much power you can deliver, the development of force and speed is a good idea. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I&rsquo;ve recently discovered some new research on combining endurance and explosive strength training for cyclists.</strong> <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23914932" target="_blank">Researchers at Lillehammer University College</a> in Norway analyzed the effect of <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/muscular-endurance-and-strength-training-an-ideal-combo-for-endurance-athletes" target="_blank">combining endurance training with heavy or explosive strength training</a> on endurance performance.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/mixing-resistance-and-endurance-training-leads-to-better-results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance resistance training Cycling Fri, 09 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 17701 at http://breakingmuscle.com In-Season Strength Training for Cyclists: Keeping What You’ve Gained http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/in-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-keeping-what-you-ve-gained <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/in-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-keeping-what-you-ve-gained" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140501/shutterstock97561820.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The cessation of strength training can result in losing the hard-fought gains in strength and power obtained during the offseason. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Hardcore strength and conditioning professionals hate the term <em>maintenance</em> applied to resistance training efforts of athletes in-season. <strong>After all, the goal is to always improve, not stay the same</strong>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/in-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-keeping-what-you-ve-gained" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling in season maintenance strength training Cycling Fri, 02 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 17156 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Warm Up Properly for Your Cycling Event http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-warm-up-properly-for-your-cycling-event <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/how-to-warm-up-properly-for-your-cycling-event" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140422/shutterstock139076300copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A good warm up will enable your body to get to its working heart rate quicker. Starting from cold means your body has to work anaerobically for longer. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There have been a few early season <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/a-glossary-of-cycling-events-road-off-road-and-track-racing" target="_blank">cycling events</a> near me already this year. </strong>And although I am still working through my main training program, it has been a good opportunity to bring in some race technique training in advance of my main events to come later in the year.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-warm-up-properly-for-your-cycling-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling endurance sports warm up Cycling Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 16506 at http://breakingmuscle.com PAP Can Shave Time Off Cyclist Race Times http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/pap-works-for-cyclists-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/pap-works-for-cyclists-too" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140423/shutterstock100176518.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">In a new study, doing leg presses before a 20km trial cut cyclist times significantly. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Unless you&rsquo;ve been living under a rock, you&#39;ve probably heard about post-activation potentiation (PAP). </strong>But despite the extensive research done as of late, we still need more information on whether PAP works for athletic events that are mostly <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/aerobic-exercise-try-it-on-for-size" target="_blank">aerobic</a>.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/pap-works-for-cyclists-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling PAP post-activation potentiation Cycling Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Nicole Crawford 16661 at http://breakingmuscle.com Small Saddle Adjustments for Cyclists Make a Big Difference http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/saddle-adjustments-for-cyclists <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/saddle-adjustments-for-cyclists" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140419/shutterstock104253203.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Just a half-inch difference in saddle height can significantly impact performance. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Obtaining the perfect saddle height on a bike is not just a matter of preference, it can profoundly affect performance as well.</strong> It&rsquo;s also a confounding factor for many beginners. Just how much saddle height affects a cyclist, even after a small adjustment, was examined in a recent <a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2014/03000/Acute_Effects_of_Small_Changes_in_Bicycle_Saddle.25.aspx " target="_blank">study in the<em> Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</em></a><em>.</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/saddle-adjustments-for-cyclists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bicycles bikes breakingmuscle cycling Cycling Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Nicole Crawford 16271 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Importance of Cooling Down After a Race or Workout http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/the-importance-of-cooling-down-after-a-race-or-workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/the-importance-of-cooling-down-after-a-race-or-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140410/square.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The benefit to you will be improved recovery. One of the worst things you can do is to stand still. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I enjoy watching the finish of a good race</strong>. But I see many people make that final push for the finish - then cruise to a stop to get their breath, go over to the car park for a chat, or sit and wait for the final results.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/20140410/shutterstock25436536.jpg" style="height: 480px; width: 640px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/the-importance-of-cooling-down-after-a-race-or-workout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cool down DOMS heart rate Recovery Cycling Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 15691 at http://breakingmuscle.com Preseason Strength Training for Cyclists: Gaining Power Off the Bike http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/preseason-strength-training-for-cyclists-gaining-power-off-the-bike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/preseason-strength-training-for-cyclists-gaining-power-off-the-bike" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140327/teaser.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's now time to ramp up our efforts at cycling specialization, but it is a mistake to turn our backs on weight training. </div></div></div><div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/preseason-strength-training-for-cyclists-gaining-power-off-the-bike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling developing power olympic weightlifting preseason strength training Cycling Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 14541 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Get the Most From Your VO2 Max Test http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-vo2-max-test <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-vo2-max-test" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140326/shutterstock15665521.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you have the EMR type of test and obtain all the data, there is a wealth of info you can use to reach your goals. </div></div></div><p>I love the way the advances in sports science that were once only affordable by elite and sponsored athletes have trickled down to be accessible to club and age group cyclists. <strong>One of these advancements is the VO2 max test.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-vo2-max-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling EMR endurance sports endurance training VO2 Max Cycling Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 14476 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Build a Better Pedal Stroke, Part 2 http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke-part-2 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke-part-2" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140129/shutterstock50524795.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">After two weeks I have undertaken ten training sessions, and during these I have attempted to ride more in a circle during both the effort and rest phases. Here is a detailed analysis of my results. </div></div></div><p><span>In <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke" target="_blank">my first article</a> on how to get a better pedal stroke, I discussed my personal goal to see if altering my stroke would help me become more efficient. <strong>Research seems ambivalent as to whether a more circular pedaling style is more efficient and the results have been dependent upon the type of racing</strong>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling heart rate pedal stroke torque Cycling Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 10466 at http://breakingmuscle.com Off-Season Strength Training for Cyclists: The Strength Phase http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/off-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-the-strength-phase <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/off-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-the-strength-phase" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140130/294789576585465715327920369901n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">For the past three months we’ve progressively prepared for the more intense work this month. It’s now time get serious about developing strength. </div></div></div><p>Presuming readers have followed the&nbsp;<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/off-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-more-foundation-work-into-the-new-year" target="_blank">advice offered in previous installments</a>&nbsp;of my cycling program, it&rsquo;s now time get serious about developing strength. True, after a few months of preparation work a cyclist may have increased the amount of weight used in a particular exercise, but that does not actually mean the rider has gained absolute strength.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/off-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-the-strength-phase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling intensity plyometrics strength training Cycling Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 10481 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why Are Tour de France Cyclists Outliving Everybody Else? http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/why-are-tour-de-france-cyclists-outliving-everybody-else <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/why-are-tour-de-france-cyclists-outliving-everybody-else" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140123/shutterstock147506447.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When you look at a sport like cycling, complete with high-speed crashes and prolific drug use, it’s hard to believe top cyclists actually outlive their countrymen by an average of five years. </div></div></div><p>I often joke that athletes are aged in dog years. Every competitive year that an athlete has is the equivalent of five years as a cube dweller. The harder the sport, the more years you can add. Take the NFL for instance, where the life of ex-players is often marked by multiple surgeries, injuries that stay with them forever, and<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/pro-football-players-have-4-times-greater-risk-of-als-and-alzheimers" target="_blank"> early death rates</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/why-are-tour-de-france-cyclists-outliving-everybody-else" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cancer cycling endurance sports heart disease longevity tour de france Cycling Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 9931 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Build a Better Pedal Stroke http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140116/pic01-pedalstroke.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">How often have you heard the advice to pedal in circles? I decided to put this to a personal trial and have been using all sorts of measurements to examine and improve my pedal stroke. </div></div></div><p><img alt="pedal stroke, improving pedal stroke, better pedal stroke, pedalling, cycling" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/20140116/pic01-pedalstroke.jpg" style="margin: 5px 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p><strong>How often have you heard the advice to pedal in circles? </strong>This seems a logical statement considering that the means of propelling a bicycle is to rotate the pedal cranks and the only way to do this is to apply a force that is acting at right angles to the crank.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling endurance sports pedal stroke Cycling Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 9446 at http://breakingmuscle.com