Cross Training For Cyclists and Swimmers

If you spend hours a week on a bike or in a pool that is great. Your knees probably love you for it. However, here is a gentle reminder to add a little variety to your routine with cross-training work. Cross training not only helps battle boredom, but it also keeps you a well-rounded athlete.

Coach Chris Carmichael (he coached Lance Armstrong) provides these simple suggestions:

  • Get on your feet: Develop neglected hip-stabilizer muscles with activities that require lateral (side-to-side) movements: racquet sports, basketball, skating, cross-country skiing, and trail running.
  • Don't forget to stretch: Cyclists should spend considerable time working on flexibility, as the typical cycling position can lead to chronically tight hamstrings, glutes, and back muscles. Swimmers need to make sure their shoulders stay flexible as well.
  • Core stability: If you’re going to hit the gym, work primarily on core stability. From a time standpoint, this will provide the biggest impact on your sport-specific performance.

Fit's Tip: Since we're heading into a four-day weekend, it should be a bit easier to find the time to mix up your routine.

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