These best strength exercises for cyclists have been chosen because I believe they deliver the whole package. More muscle activation, single strength and supported by a strong core and upper body. There are many components that cyclist should develop and out and out strength is one of the least.
Muscular endurance, which is low weight high reps is always a big focus for cyclist when they use weight training because of the nature of their event. This will develop the same response as being on the bike; the ability to tolerate fatigue and work harder for longer. Muscular strength on the other hand is high weight, low reps, doing this might seem counter intuitive but it can be very beneficial.
When you do high weight, low rep strength training you activate more of the muscle and when you go back on the bike, you have more of the muscle working and therefore use your muscle endurance to greater effect. With that said I wouldn't recommend jumping straight into heavy strength training, there are a few things to think about first.
You should progress towards strength, if you've only ever done higher rep training it would be a good idea to gradually lower the reps and increase the weight of your exercises. This will allow the muscle to get used to the higher weight and reduce your risk of injury.
Make your joints supply, most cyclists will normally have tight hips and this tightness will be diminishing your endurance and strength. Stretching should be a big part of your training regime and if you want to develop your power to weight ratio supply more flexible hips will play their part.
Finally these best 5 strength exercises for cyclist need to be done with perfect technique, which will be helped with more supple/flexible joints. I haven't talked about the technique in these videos but if you go to my Free Members Area you can find all the exercises explained.
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