Cycling Mistake #3: Neglecting the Rest of Your Body

Whether they're mountain bikers or roadies, cyclists are often their own worst enemies when it comes to training. Repair your routine by eliminating these ten common mistakes

Jun 25, 2013
Outside Magazine

Try yoga to remain limber.    Photo: Lululemon Athletica/Flickr

“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.

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