Cycling http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/2258/%2A en 4 Power-Enhancing Suspension Training Progressions for Cyclists http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/4-power-enhancing-suspension-training-progressions-for-cyclists <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/4-power-enhancing-suspension-training-progressions-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/201409/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 simplicity and portability of suspension training systems makes them versatile and convenient. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Suspension trainers have been around for quite a while, and have gained popularity in recent years</strong>. This has lead to an assortment of different types on the market, from simple gym rings, to adjustable strap systems by companies like <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/science-tests-the-effectiveness-of-the-trx" target="_blank">TRX</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/4-power-enhancing-suspension-training-progressions-for-cyclists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling power strength Cycling Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 24956 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Best Tools to Track Your Cycling Progress http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/the-best-tools-to-track-your-cycling-progress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/the-best-tools-to-track-your-cycling-progress" 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/201409/dscf7474-5b1-5d.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">One of the most important things that I have discovered as both an amateur athlete and a coach is the value of tracking progress. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One of the most important things that I have discovered as both an amateur athlete and a coach is the value of tracking progress.</strong> August tends to be my<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun" target="_blank"> fun month</a> due to various holidays and the sunnier weather. But even if my training and event regimen tends to be a little less formal, I still find value in recording what I&rsquo;ve done in addition to planning what I intend to do.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/the-best-tools-to-track-your-cycling-progress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling diary journal plan progress tracking training log Cycling Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 24506 at http://breakingmuscle.com Being Sick Sucks: A Gameplan for Getting Back on the Bike Quickly http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/being-sick-sucks-a-gameplan-for-getting-back-on-the-bike-quickly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/being-sick-sucks-a-gameplan-for-getting-back-on-the-bike-quickly" 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/201408/lightsquare.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">Carrying on as normal is likely to extend recovery times and may even make you worse. Here's how to get yourself back on track. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">If there was a competition for being the worst patient ever, I think I would have a pretty good chance of making the podium.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/being-sick-sucks-a-gameplan-for-getting-back-on-the-bike-quickly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling illness nutrition Recovery Sleep stress Cycling Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 23891 at http://breakingmuscle.com Train the Brain to Improve Performance on the Bike http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/train-the-brain-to-improve-performance-on-the-bike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/train-the-brain-to-improve-performance-on-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/201407/shutterstock128391260.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">There is an incredible amount of brain activity each time you move that determines how effective you are and impacts your cycling performance. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">We spend a lot of time thinking about <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/why-serious-cyclists-should-consider-strength-training" target="_blank">strength</a>, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-use-a-power-meter-in-a-team-time-trial" target="_blank">power</a>, and the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/how-to-build-a-better-pedal-stroke" target="_blank">mechanics</a> of cycling. <strong>This week we cover another important aspect of cycling performance - the brain.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/train-the-brain-to-improve-performance-on-the-bike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> brain breakingmuscle cycling mental training performance Cycling Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 22586 at http://breakingmuscle.com 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 21961 at http://breakingmuscle.com Cyclists: How to Combine Races and Training for a Successful Summer http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/long-or-short-haul <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/long-or-short-haul" 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/long-or-short-haul" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling fun goals progress race schedule Cycling Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 21196 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Your Recovery Relates Directly to Your Performance http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/time-for-recovery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/time-for-recovery" 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/time-for-recovery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active rest breakingmuscle cycling Recovery rest Cycling Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 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 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 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 16506 at http://breakingmuscle.com PAP Can Shave Time Off Cyclist Race Times http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/pap-can-shave-time-off-cyclist-race-times <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/pap-can-shave-time-off-cyclist-race-times" 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-can-shave-time-off-cyclist-race-times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle cycling PAP post-activation potentiation Cycling Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 16661 at http://breakingmuscle.com Small Saddle Adjustments for Cyclists Make a Big Difference http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/small-saddle-adjustments-for-cyclists-make-a-big-difference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/cycling/small-saddle-adjustments-for-cyclists-make-a-big-difference" 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/small-saddle-adjustments-for-cyclists-make-a-big-difference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bicycles bikes breakingmuscle cycling Cycling Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 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 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 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 14476 at http://breakingmuscle.com