If you’re like the gang here at Bicycle Sport, you love spending time on two wheels. But, time spent off the bike really can help you be a better and healthier cyclist. We asked some of Charlotte’s most well-seasoned cyclists about how they make the most of it on and off the bike.
Julia Engle — Founder, Bike Luck
“Squats, lunges, and yoga, particularly during the winter months. I didn’t feel like I was losing any leg strength.” Julia shifts her off-bike workouts to two times a week during the season to complement the other activity, and adds yoga one time a week.
Rachael Grant — Coach, Total Cyclist
A big fan of strength training, Rachael reminds us that overall body strength becomes more important the older we get. “Core and hip strength are just as important as leg strength when it comes to power — and make sure to keep it fun!”
Mike Duffy — Carolina Sports Clinic
Dr. Duffy has kept many of us on the road and trail throughout the years. As a cyclist himself, he’s got first-hand experience with the stretches and strengthening exercises that support the habit. Side planks, lunges, a dynamic warm-up routine and more can be found on his YouTube channel, Dr. Gofaster.
Stephen Fox — Unknown Bike and Brew
No one, and we mean no one is more upbeat than Foxy. Naturally, his advice is on staying motivated. “Training is always better with friends,” says Foxy. “Don’t have friends that ride? There are tons of rides to join to meet friends that ride! Check out weeklyrides.com to find a few!”
Faison Knox — Family Practice MD
With a family of her own, a medical practice, and a training schedule, Faison clearly knows a thing or two about balance. Her advice? “Plank! With discs under your feet. Add difficulty by moving your feet side to side, or ‘mountain climber’ style while planking.” She loves this move because it works the core and shoulders without straining the back if done correctly.
Bottom line here: thinking about how your whole body plays a role in your cycling can make you a better on the bike. Got questions about the bike itself? Ask us here at Bicycle Sport!