“Cycling is so two-dimensional,” says Mayhew. You’re moving your legs in one plane and hardly ever engaging your upper body. Over time, your posture deteriorates and you’ll develop a nasty set of imbalances based on how you perch yourself in the saddle.
The Fix: Incorporate another sport into your rest days and make yoga (try these cycling-specific moves) a new part of your morning routine, says Mayhew. For more remedial cases, find a trainer who specializes in functional movement screens. By watching you squat and perform a variety of other movements, a qualified trainer can pinpoint your weakness and prescribe specific exercises to counteract years of damage.