6 Bone-Strengthening Exercises for Cyclists

Full-Body Strength

Squat, Curl, Press: Grab a dumbbell in each hand and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides, shoulder blades down and back. Push your hips back, then down into a squat (a). As you return to standing, bring your arms into a bicep curl (b). When your legs are straight, continue to push your arms up and overhead into a shoulder press (c). Pause, then return to start.

8 Best Foods for Post-Workout Recovery

Woodchop: Stand with your feet six inches wider than shoulder width. Grab a dumbbell on each end and hold it straight in front of you. Lower into a squat. At the same time, bring the dumbbell across your body to the outside of your left knee (a). Sweep the dumbbell upward and to the right across your body as you return to standing (b). Repeat in the other direction. That's one rep.

Stretches Every Cyclist Should Do

Speed Skater: Stand on your right foot with your knee slightly bent, your left foot off the floor behind you (a). Bend your right knee and spring 2 to 3 feet to the left, landing softly on your left foot (b). The goal is to balance on one foot when you land, but you can set your right foot down if necessary. Repeat to the other side. Do three sets of 30 to 45 seconds, jumping as many times as possible. Increase your speed as your balance and fitness increases.

Core Strength and Stabilization

Row the Boat: Sit on the floor in a V position with your knees bent and heels lightly touching (or just off) the ground. Hold a dumbbell in front of you with both hands and slowly lean back until you feel your abdominal muscles start to shake (a). Move the dumbbell from left to right in a rowing motion (b). One row right and left equals one rep.

Are You Fit to Ride?

Plank Jacks: Get into a plank position with your forearms on the floor. Shoulders should be directly over your elbows, neck neutral, tailbone slightly tucked (a). Without raising your hips, jump both feet out at the same time (b), then spring back to the starting position. That's one rep. Keep your hips low so your core muscles support your pelvis.

Prone Shoulder Press: Lie facedown with your elbows bent 90 degrees, palms down. Squeeze your glutes and slowly raise your feet, chest, and hands no more than 6 inches off the floor. Pull your elbows down to your sides so that your thumbs touch the tops of your shoulders (a). Then push your arms straight out over your head (b). That's one rep.

More: Nutrition Tips for Better Bone Health

Active logoReady to ride? Search for a cycling event

About the Author

Discuss This Article

Follow your passions

Connect with ACTIVE.COM