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  • Writer's pictureVincent Brown

🚴‍♂️ Cycling Postures 101: Mastering Your Ride

Indoor Cycling Phoenix Rising
Just because you're tired doesn't mean you're out

How is that fire burning? You are 19 days in, can you believe it!?

In 19 days you've fine tuned your yoga practice, discovered new classes, found your edge, identified things you want to work on as well as strengths and you've done yourself proud. Heck yea.

If you feel like you have fallen off a bit don't beat yourself up, do a few cat cows, and get ready to take your indoor cycling to the next level!

Let's talk about perfecting your posture in the three key cycling positions: Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3. Mastering these positions is crucial not only for an effective workout but also to ensure you're cycling safely and efficiently. Remember, good posture on the bike means more power, less fatigue, and a happier body after every ride!

Stage 1: The Seated Position

  • Posture Tips:

  • Sit with your sit bones firmly on the saddle.

  • Maintain a slight bend in your elbows, with hands resting lightly on the handlebars.

  • Keep your chest up and open, and your back straight.

  • Your knees should be aligned with your feet, not bowing in or out.

  • Benefits:

  • Ideal for warm-ups, cool-downs, and steady-state riding.

  • Helps build endurance and leg strength.

Stage 2: The Standing Run

  • Posture Tips:

  • Stand up from the saddle, shifting your weight slightly forward.

  • Keep your hips over the pedals and use your core for balance.

  • Hands should be on the wider part of the handlebars for stability.

  • Engage your core to support your upper body, avoiding too much weight on your hands.

  • Benefits:

  • Great for simulating uphill climbs.

  • Engages more muscle groups, increasing calorie burn.

Stage 3: The Hover or Racing Position

  • Posture Tips:

  • Lean forward from the hips, bringing your chest closer to the handlebars.

  • Keep your back flat, like you're trying to slide under a low bar.

  • Elbows bent and in, creating a strong, aerodynamic form.

  • Focus on pulling up with your pedals, not just pushing down.

  • Benefits:

  • Builds power and speed.

  • Enhances core and arm strength.

Let's lean into it.

There's a moment I recall vividly - speeding on my motorcycle, feeling like a rockstar, until a sharp turn appeared, much faster than expected. In riding, as in life, hitting the brakes isn't always the option; sometimes, you just have to lean in, breathe, and trust the ride. I took that turn with a pounding heart, staying calm, trusting my instincts, and it worked. It was a powerful life lesson: when faced with challenges, sometimes the best way forward is to lean in, keep your focus, and push through with confidence. We can apply this to our cycling journey too. Let’s embrace every challenge, lean into our strength, and complete this Revival Challenge with triumph. Whether reigniting your passion or keeping the flame alive, we're here to ride this exhilarating journey together. Let's finish strong .......

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