The best strength exercise … šŸ¤·ā€ā™‚ļø

My son is a personal trainer.

Years ago, when I first became more serious about cycling, I wanted to begin an off-season training program. I asked my son, “if you could only do one strength exercise to improve on the bike, what would you recommend?”.

Without hesitation, he said “Lunges!”

It makes sense. Cycling is a one legged sport. So are lunges. They focus on the quads and buttocks. The key cycling muscle group.

I began doing a lot of lunges, and other exercises.

Now, years later, if someone asked me the same question, I’d say –

“I would have to recommend 2 exercises. The squat lightly loaded with a single dumbbell held in front of your chest, and a straight arm plank.”

These exercises target the cycling muscles – quads, flutes, core – best.

If I only have time for 2 exercises, I do these, and I do them most days through the year. Some days, I may just do a few reps. Other days, I’ll do a lot.

2 thoughts on “The best strength exercise … šŸ¤·ā€ā™‚ļø

  1. I’ve been training for triathlon and endurance activities for several years now with a personal trainer. He makes me do the most ludicrous and cry-inducing lunges, squats, and deadlifts there are. Where he comes up with some of his ideas for those basic exercises, I will never know. I’m not fast. That would come from a different kind of training. But I have to admit my legs and glutes are pretty darned strong.

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