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Bodywork, May 1997
Please excuse hard-core cyclists for that cocky post-ride walk of theirs — they’re just a bit stiff from an exercise that arguably strengthens and tones the sum of your leg muscles more thoroughly than any other activity. The downstroke works the lateral and medial quadriceps, the upstroke works the hamstrings, and the stroke across the
All this is to the good, obviously, but if you’re not interested in taking over where Miguel Indurain left off, don’t sweat the technique: Even a sloppy pedal stroke will do quite a lot for your legs, though mostly your quads. “The less skilled you are, the harder a workout you’ll actually get,” says Craig Griffin, endurance track coach for USA Cycling. Griffin would have us
Jim Harmon, a longtime contributor to Outside, runs on the sand in Long Beach, New York.
Photograph by David Roth