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Two MUSTS for the bike

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As I mentioned in last week’s entry “Two Musts For Running”, there are many advantages to integrating muscular exercises to their program for those practicing cardiovascular activities such as running, swimming, or biking. Again this week, I am suggesting two exercises that will specifically help you improve your performances, but this time on the bike. Next week, I will suggest two exercises specific to swimming.

These exercises can be done 2 or 3 times a week, before or after your bike rides.

Exercise 1: Bridge
Target areas: Legs
Accessories: Exercise ball
How many: 15 repetitions.
Execution: Laying on the ground with your heels resting on the exercise ball and your legs straight (A), pull with your legs and bend your knees in order to bring the ball near your glutes (B). Then, lift your pelvis upward while contracting your glutes (C). Return to initial position without letting your glutes touch the ground, and repeat these two steps.

Exercise 2: Arm extension on the exercise ball
Target area: Abs
Accessories: Exercise ball
How many: 15 repetitions.
Execution: On your knees with your forearms set on the exercise ball in front of you (A), extend your arms from the shoulders to push the ball away from your body in such a way as to form a straight line from your knees to your hands (B). Avoid arching or rounding your back. Return to initial position by pulling the ball toward you while keeping your abs tensed. Repeat.

By Karine Larose
Model: Mathieu St-Ours

Author
Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.


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