It’s Not Too Late to Strengthen Up
The 2013 cycling season is upon us, pretty much wherever you live. Depending on where your location, each year there may be a period of time where you’re not able to ride outside…and when Spring arrives you’re ready to bust out and hit the road. The time is now.
Wait a minute. Did you promise yourself at the end of last season that you’d do some strength training and conditioning so that you’d be stronger this cycling season? Ooops. Well, it’s not too late. You can still work it into your weekly training routine….just be sure not to burn yourself out.
There’s several ways to implement strength training into your weekly routine, and still have lots of time and energy to train on your bike as well. I’m not a cycling coach, but I have been involved in the fitness and cycling scene long enough to give out some advice. I’ll explain more in a minute, and tell you my suggestion for work out programs to help your condition.
If you’re going to be including strength training along with your riding, try going on a rotating schedule where you ride one day and then do weights the next. In an alternating schedule like this, I would suggest getting in 3 to 4 rides and having 2 days of strength training each week.
Now how about that strength training routine? Well, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your workouts so that you’re not using valuable time and energy and not getting results. Lifting weights is not as simple as you may think….it’s pretty easy to pound out a bunch of strength training exercises and not get much back in return.
I recommend following a packaged training program like Rushfit. I say this because it will provide you with a step by step plan so you don’t need to put in time researching what you should do. It’s quick and effective and you’ll get the most out of your training time. This type of program will also help you out with your cardiovascular conditioning which will help you out on the bike as well.
Sure the season has started, but instead of wishing you would have done things differently over the winter….let’s jump on it and perform at your best.