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Four Rides to Shed Pounds and Get Faster

Want to lose weight while still gaining speed? Don't diet, just pedal—these four workouts will help you get there.

6 Power Exercises Help You Pick up the Pace

No matter your goal, plyometrics should be part of your training arsenal.<p>Explosive dynamic moves that incorporate jumping and bounding as well as quick changes in direction and speed help you develop the elastic tissue components needed to maximize efficiency and power. “When you do plyometrics, …

Running Preserves “Motor Units”

Study of octogenarian runners reveals remarkable muscle properties.<p>A few years ago, I blogged about a study in the journal <i>The Physician and Sportsmedicine</i> comparing the muscle properties of masters athletes with those of sedentary older adults. The senior author, Dr. Vonda Wright, shared some …

Are You Making These Marathon Training Mistakes? | Page 4 of 4

Mistake #3: Racing on Empty<p>The marathon is so uniquely difficult for a variety of reasons, but one of the most significant is physiological: your …

Walnut Sweet Potato Bread

Fuel your morning run with this nutrient-rich snack.<p>I hit the road in the morning—a committed a.m. runner. But before I head out the door, I need a “pre-breakfast snack”—a quick bite to gobble down as I’m tying my sneakers and mentally planning out my run. I want a nutrient-rich snack that will …

Should You Skip Carbs Before Bed to Train Better?

Experts weigh in on whether timing your carb consumption can improve your cycling fitness<p>“Sleeping low” is the latest carbohydrate-manipulation strategy aimed at improving performance in endurance athletes. Will skipping the cookies and milk before bed make you better on the bike? Maybe—if you have …

7 Post-Workout Fueling Mistakes You're Probably Making

Don’t let your grub sabotage your gains at the gym or on the bike.<p>High five—you’re making it to the gym on the regular, building muscle, and torching calories. Thing is, if you’re not refueling with the right foods after you towel off in the locker room, you might be undoing all the benefits of …

10 Dietary Supplements Active People Should Avoid

These pills won’t make you fitter, stronger, or healthier—and may do more harm than good. Here are a few great food alternatives.

10 Reasons to Take a Week Off from Exercise

No one likes taking time off from fitness, but the break could actually boost your progress overall<p>The idea of getting fitter by hanging up your bike, putting away your running shoes, and letting dust gather on your yoga mat might seem crazy, but taking time away from the workouts you love might …

16 Great Bike Movies That Aren’t "Breaking Away"

<b>RAD</b><br>Year: 1986<br>Score on IMDB: 7.2<p>A cult phenomenon, <i>RAD</i> tells the story of Cru Jones, a small-town BMX racer who blows off his SATs to battle the pros in the big Helltrack race. If you’ve ever wished your high school dance had been interrupted by romantic, slow-motion BMX choreography, <i>RAD</i> is the movie …

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