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3 Great Cross-Training Exercises for Any Type of Cyclist

Well-rounded cross-training that complements your cycling doesn't have to be too complicated—here are some simple workouts that do just that<p>Unless you're paid to ride, there are going to be times when life forces you to spend more time away from your bike than you'd like, whether it's a family …

Pain Is the Cycling Coach You Didn't Know You Had

Pain can be an asset during your hard efforts; you just have to know how to use it<p>Many moons ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing endurance mountain bike racing legend John Stamstad for a feature story on the topic of pain. Stamstad, who had racked up five consecutive victories at Iditasport in …

Why You Should Invest in a Bike Fit this Season

It's not a luxury—a proper bike fit can help any cyclist ride stronger, more comfortably, and more often<p>Getting a bike fit can feel like an expensive indulgence reserved for pro cyclists. But it isn't really—good bike fit is just as important an investment as the bike itself, and can not only …

The Ultimate 30-Minute Get Fast Workout

Put every second in the fitness bank with this short-duration, high-yield sweat session<p>We all love to ride lots, but sometimes life’s demands only leave us time to ride a little. Don’t sweat it—you can still sweat a ton when you're sneaking in a quick ride.<p>Sarah Kaufmann, an elite mountain bike …

Your Definitive Guide to Riding Your Bike in Traffic

Here are some quick tips to help you build your confidence and skills while riding along with traffic<p>There are few greater joys for a cyclist than watching car commuters lurch along in bumper-to-bumper traffic while you're casually pedaling home from work. Instead of adding to life's aggravations, …

This Glowing Intersection Is Taking US Bike Safety in a Bright Direction

Texas A&M claims to be the home of the country’s first authentic Dutch junction, decked out with glow-in-the-dark bike lanes<p>Roughly 70,000 students, faculty members, and staff travel to and from Texas A&M University daily by foot, bike, or car. That makes traffic safety at the school a big …

The Simplest Way to Understand Your Training Zones

No heart rate monitor or power meter? No problem. Here's how to figure out your general training zones using only your breathing.<p>If you want to get more out of (and more in tune with) your workout, one of the best methods to use is training zones: varying levels of exertion that help you accomplish …

5 Ways to Fix the Most Common Cycling Pains

Because at the end of a hard ride, your legs should feel like they're on fire, not your neck, back or knees.<p>Riding a bike shouldn’t hurt. If it does, something is wrong, generally with your fit, gear, bike setup or riding style. With all those moving pieces, deciphering just what’s gone awry can be …

4 Ways You Can Use a Dip Belt to Build Massive Muscles​

​Here's why—and how—you should add this new piece of equipment to your fitness arsenal<p>A weight belt is a training tool that doesn’t get enough love these days. And I’m not talking about a belt you wear to protect your back. I mean adding weight to your waist for the following four classic …

Workouts

This Acclaimed Chef Rides Hard to Stay Zen in the Kitchen

Seamus Mullen used healing foods to beat his rheumatoid arthritis and get back on the bike; now, his cycling zen keeps him on the right path<p>Seamus Mullen knows a thing or two about a life spun out of control.<p>Just six years ago, the award-winning proprietor of NYC restaurants Tertulia and El Comado; …

Balance Better With These Single-Leg Exercises

Even out your cycling muscles for improved strength and stability on the bike<p>Your legs work together to pedal your bike. But anyone who’s ever done single-leg pedaling drills knows that at any given time, both legs are not pulling equal duty.<p>Many of us have one leg that is stronger and/or more …

Why You Should Stop Worrying About Carbs

Carbohydrates may not be as evil as everyone thinks—as long as you eat the right kind<p>Many diets from the past two decades cast carbohydrates as hell spawn sent to fatten you up and destroy you with diabetes. These diets demonized all carbs, from whole grains to fruit, and urged you to exorcise them …

5 Foods That Help Replenish Electrolytes

Skip sugary sports drinks and opt for nutrient-rich fruits, veggies, dairy, and whole grains to replace lost minerals.<p><b>Replenish the Right Way</b><p>Most exercisers can get away with gulping water after a workout, but endurance athletes—anyone training for a marathon or playing hours of tennis in the hot …

The 15-Minute ‘Climb and Crunch’ Ab Workout

Use this 2-exercise routine to shape, strengthen, and flatten your core anytime, anywhere<p>Your core deserves your focused effort.<p>After all, a lean, tight midsection does so much more than look good shirtless. It prevents back injuries, increases athleticism, boosts strength from head to toe, …

Workouts

The Ultimate Fat-Frying Tabata Workout

These high-intensity interval workouts are popular in gyms around the world. Here’s how you can use them at home to shrink your belly<p>Tabatas. The word strikes fear into the hearts of fitness enthusiasts around the world.<p>But the 4-minute, high-intensity interval workouts named after Japanese …

Exercise

How to Burn as Much Fat as Possible During and After Your Workout

You need to find the sweet spot between intensity and density. Here’s how<p>Some trainers want you to believe there’s a “best" way to train for fat loss. That their approach is superior to the next guy’s.<p>But there are only two factors that really matter: intensity—how hard you work—and density—how …

Extreme Sports

The Fitness Trend Men Everywhere Can’t Get Enough Of

This simple exercise will help you shed fat, ditch back pain, and be a beast in the gym<p>American soldiers have been doing a simple fitness activity since the American Revolution, and it’s turned our military into the fittest, most feared fighting force in the history of the world.<p>That activity: …

Special Forces

Why You Shouldn't Feel Bad About Fueling Rides with Chocolate

Good news: Another study suggests dark chocolate could help your fitness<p>Chocolate: It’s seemingly everywhere during the holidays. Stacked high on party trays, bursting from gift boxes, counting down the days from inside a cardboard Advent calendar—it’s impossible to avoid ingesting at least a …