7 Best Deals on Cross-Training Equipment
If your goal is to ride faster and stronger, cross-training will help you get there. – Bicycling Commerce Team
There are many benefits of cross-training for cyclists. It boosts all-round fitness, prevents injuries and will make you a stronger and faster rider.
To get started, here are few basic tools that’ll help you set up to cross-train at home:
1. Skipping Rope
Skipping is one of the best forms of cardio and HIIT, providing a full-body workout and improved muscle tone.
To choose the right length of skipping rope, grab the rope by the handles and stand on the loop. Pulled tight, the rope should reach at least hip height, and can come up as high as the armpit.
Incorporating light weights into your routine will add to your strength and fitness. The weight of the dumbbells you should use when cross-training varies according to the muscle groups you’re working as well as your fitness level. Start with lighter dumbbells and increase the weight as your strength and form improves.
3. Medicine ball
Medicine ball exercises emphasise full-body movements rather than isolated muscles.
A 2.7kg or 3.6kg medicine ball is best for most people.
4. Stability Gym Balls
The stability ball is an effective tool for improving posture and strengthening the core muscles that power your ride. This ball from MrP Sport also comes with workout ideas printed around the ball for easy reference.
5 . Resistance Bands
Aerobic band exercises build strength and stability to protect cyclists against connective tissue injury. It’s important to use a band that provides the correct resistance for your fitness. Also allow at least two to three minutes of recovery between exercises.
6. Push-Up Pro
Push-ups work your triceps, anterior delts, pecs, abdominals, scapular and shoulder stabilisers. These add a critical bit of upper body strength when cycling, and is especially helpful when riding uphill or over technical terrain.
The Push-Up Pro works more muscles than standard push-ups and reduces strain on wrist and joints. Rotating grips allow arms and shoulders to move more naturally.
Buy now: Push-Up Pro (R149,99)
7. Foam Roller
Rolling improves circulation, builds strength and prevents injuries. And because rolling breaks down knots that limit range of motion, it preps muscles for stretching.
Buy now: Foam Roller (R299,99)
The images in this article are from www.mrpsport.com.