Core Strength Means Better Results for Cyclist
“Core strength .” Once practically unheard-of, this term is now so widely used in the world of sports and fitness that it has become easy to dismiss. Athletes, fitness experts, and weekend warriors talk incessantly about how they are working on building their core, learning how to use core strength, and “just learned the most killer core routine, dude—you’ve gotta try it!”Health clubs offer core strength classes, fitness videos promise stronger core muscles, and we all probably agree that better core strength would probably—definitely—improve our fitness, solve our problems at work, and make us better people.
The truth is, core strength may not instantly make you a better citizen, but it will definitely make you a better cyclist. A regular regimen of core strength exercises will train your muscles and joints to work at their highest efficiency when you are cycling, and it will reduce your chances of injury. A strong core will stabilize your muscle paths to improve your transmission of power from your hips and legs to the pedals of your bike.
Core strength will also improve your acceleration, and not only in a sprint; it will also make a significant difference in the hundreds of big and small accelerations that occur constantly in a fast-moving pace line or group. Additionally, solid core strength will improve your climbing and descending skills.
Before we show you how core strength can make you a better cyclist, though, there are some simpler points surrounding core strength that we should address, such as what exactly is the core? And what makes the core so special that you need a bunch of specific exercises—not to mention a whole book—to take care of it?