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Three Stretches for Cyclists with Tight Hips

Cycling and tight hips go together like Starbucks and espresso—one typically generates the other. That’s because when you’re tucked forward and hammering down the road, your hips never actually go into full extension. Over time, those overworked hip flexors start to tighten and shorten (all the …

Yoga

5 Reasons You're Not Getting Faster

<b>You “ride lots.”</b> Cyclists often have the notion that putting in big miles ought to automatically make them faster. It’s true that when you’re just starting out, any miles will make you faster because you’re getting fitter. But once you’ve reached a certain point, piling on the miles is just …

Hung Up

A Killer Core Workout for Cyclists Who Hate Crunches

This 10-minute routine will work the key muscles that can improve your power and endurance in the saddle. Do 12 reps of each move, one after the next, with no rest. Repeat for another set. Yep, you just got more time to ride. You're welcome.<p><b>Rotating Side Plank</b><br>Start in a push-up position. Balance on …

Workouts

Cross-Training: Yoga for Cyclists

It's time to get busy doing some other form of exercise beside riding in the great outdoors. Your body needs it as much as it needs cycling.<p>Not to worry—nobody's ripping the saddle out from under you. We're talking about cross-training here, adding another complimentary activity while you keep …

Yoga

Cycling training plans: get fitter, ride faster and go further

Together with professional coach Oliver Roberts, we have put together a range of cycling training plans to benefit any and all cyclists. Whether you …

Heart Rates

Cycling Training Myths Debunked

Yes, you can eat like a normal person, and no, you don’t need that $10,000 bike. One writer’s experience from a year’s worth of bicycle training like a regular guy<p>By<p>John W. Miller<p>John W. Miller<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@wsjmiller<p>Google+<p>John.Miller@wsj.com<p><b>The training myth:</b> Take a sabbatical. …

Prevent Knee Injuries

You could spend a century's worth of riding time calculating your seat height with all the formulas out there. Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault swore by his method of multiplying his inseam by 0.885, while fellow five-timer Miguel Indurain aimed for a 90-degree bend in his leg at the …

Tour de France

Is Coke a Good Recovery Drink?

There's no question that an icy cold Coca-Cola can feel like an elixir from the gods after a long day of suffering. And the 140 calories in a 12-ounce can aren't going to make or break your diet, especially if you're racking up miles. But it's not the best recovery drink.<p>Advertisement - Continue …

Cycling

Improve Your Ride in Less Than One Minute

Getting faster doesn’t always take a lot of time and effort. We asked experts, from coaches to physiotherapists to mechanics, to share their best quick and simple cycling tips.<p>"Clean your chain and cassette. Seriously, we 'fix' so many shifting problems by just doing that." <i>—Dan Richter, mechanic at</i> …

Cycling

Recovery, the Science of Champions

Top-tier soccer players are some of the fittest athletes in the world. A fast-paced game of body and brain, players need to be able to run fast and change direction quickly, all while passing a ball with their feet. In the lead-up to a world championship showdown, during which they might run …

Exercise

More Powerful Pedal Stroke

Most cyclists do a good job working their powerful prime pedal-pushing muscles in their glutes and quads both on the bike and in the gym with squats and leg presses. But unless you do a lot of single leg pedaling drills or otherwise consciously work the pedal-pulling hamstrings on the back of your …

Workouts

The Biggest Mistake You're Making on Climbs

You know that burning feeling you get 10 minutes into a hard climb? It shouldn’t be there. It’s your legs telling you that you’re burning too many matches too early—and if you’re not careful, you’re going up in flames before you reach the top. Sure, you can go all Jens and tell them to “shut up,” …

Cycling

How Use of Probiotics Benefits Cyclists

Probiotics can be incredibly beneficial for cyclists, says Dr. Ralf Jäger, who has been studying them as an inexpensive way to improve health. Probiotics, or live microorganisms that can be found in fermented foods or in pill form, help create a system of happy bacteria throughout your gut.<p>Yogurt …

Wellness

3 Steps to a Perfect Bike Fit

Whether you are buying a new bike, switching between bikes, or simply installing a new saddle, bike fit is important. It’s not just about setting your seat height, however. To keep your road bike position the same, every time, every ride, there are three measurements that you should be aware of—and …

Road Bikes

Don’t Let Stomach Pain Ruin Your Ride

Experiencing abdominal pain during a bike ride is, sadly, a regular occurrence for many cyclists—but it doesn’t have to be. Gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea and other uncomfortable symptoms are usually caused by a few simple things; barring disease, there are some simple ways to make rides less …

Wellness

4 Ways To Build Meaningful Business Relationships

How do you build genuine business relationships – the kind that will lead to long-term friendships, personal growth, and (just maybe) sales for your company? Mike Muhney, who co-invented ACT!, an early and prominent contact management software system, has thought a lot about that question, which he …

Being Intentional About Business Relationships

Every action we take with regards to relationships in the business world is intentional. On some level, we likely know what we are doing, but may not always consider the impact of our actions or the repercussions. The challenge is, people on the receiving end of our actions notice...and they are …

Six Ways To Turn Online Connections Into Offline Business Relationships

How can you link up for coffee with someone who you’ve only connected with on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn? According to an Academia.edu study, there is a tremendous connection between your online and offline relationships. According to their findings, “the average American has 634 ties in their …

Lessons From a Diplomat on How to Build Business Relationships

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Successful businesses are built on strong relationships. Business leaders often need to step into the shoes of a diplomat, developing and managing complex relationships with many diverse groups.<p>"There is a lot of common ground …

Leadership

Build Relationships and Build a Better Business

After over 12 years in business, one of the most important relationships we've been able to create is within the small business community.<p>Recently my email marketing company VerticalResponse was acquired. It was a great day to be able to give back to my investors and our employees.<p>It was 12 years …

Business Strategy

The 5 Undervalued Relationships Needed to Ensure Business Success

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We have all heard the heartbreaking statistics about startups: 50 percent (or in some findings more) of businesses fail within their first year and 95 percent fail within the first five years. (Not exactly a ringing endorsement …

Entrepreneurship

6 Tips for Building Better Business Relationships

Many people believe that their first <i>meeting</i> is the start of a business relationship, I'm letting you in on the fact that it actually begins with the first <i>sale</i>. Sure, you might be able to get a customer to buy something from you the first time, but you'll need to keep them buying from you in order …

5 Steps to Building Great Business Relationships

It was the early 1990s, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I was working as a sales rep for a prominent software company. Making the rounds of my Wall Street clients, I wished them happy holidays and thanked them for their business.<p>As I was leaving an appointment with the CIO of a very …

10 Ways to Build Genuinely Great Relationships in Business

These ideas don't guarantee you will get the sale (although they might.) But they will keep you from looking like a jerk.<p>Let me vent for a minute. I promise there is a potential huge pay off for you.<p>About a month ago, I got an email out of the blue from a semi-big deal guy I had never met. He said …

Self-help

5 Rules To Transform Your Business Relationships

Are you satisfied with your business partners, service providers, and suppliers? Be honest, now: Yes or no?<p>Answering this question truthfully is important because companies that churn through relationships do so at great expense in terms of time, resources and money.<p>This is especially true for …

7 Steps to Building Better Business Relationships

Great business relationships aren't as mysterious or complicated as some might want you to believe.<p>For all the attention given to developing unbeatable sales strategies and cutting-edge business negotiation techniques, great business relationships aren't as mysterious or complicated as some want …

Business Strategy

Turning Complaints Into Closer Relationships to Improve Your Business

The way companies handle complaints can mean the difference between success and failure in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Businesses that turn complaints into opportunities for building closer relationships with customers are the ones that are most likely to survive and prosper.<p><b>An</b> …

How To Make A Business Relationship Last

In two previous posts I discussed some preliminary work I’ve been doing on the life cycle of a business relationship. I posited that the first stage, pretty clearly, is the relationship-establishing or deal-killing friend-or-foe analysis. In other words, neuroscience tells us, the first thing that …

The Importance Of Relationships In Scaling A Small Business

In my Forbes series <i>The Insiders</i>, I share the highs and lows associated with launching and scaling a small business, all through the chronological lens of our own experiences building VerbalizeIt.<p>In my most recent post, I discussed our fears of not being able to accelerate quickly enough during our …

The Secret Component to Building and Nourishing Business Relationships

Think about all the people you know and have met during your professional life alone... you have so many types of different relationships with many different people. Each connection between two people is not identical to another.<p>That fact shows the beauty of human nature.<p>Each and every one of us is …