5 Upper-Body Strength Moves for Cyclists

These arm, back, and core moves will help you fight fatigue on long rides.


Chris Carmichael |

These arm, back, and core moves will help you fight fatigue on long rides. – By Chris Carmichael

Cyclists rarely give their upper bodies much thought, but the stretched-out position of road riding places a unique stress on the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and upper back. By strengthening these areas, you’ll become more resistant to fatigue. Here are some exercises I recommend. Do two or three sets of 10 reps twice a week in the off-season, or once a week if you’re putting in big miles on the bike.

[box]LIFT RIGHT: Use weights that are challenging, but light enough that you can complete the full 10 reps. Control your movements to minimise the impact of momentum. If you have a shoulder injury or restricted mobility from previous injuries, check with a physical therapist for alternatives.[/box]

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