Over the last few years more and more bike fitters and cycling coaches have begun to tout glute activation and core strength as being the foundations for performance on the bike. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, they are missing 2 massive components of performance:Appropriate stiffness at the spine for upper body movementLearning how to produce appropriate stiffness at the spine for upper body movement.Gaining strength through range of motion at the hip.Today we take a quick look at the first of these two integral pieces, and give you a few exercises to utilize to help you move towards better movement and trunk stiffness.As cyclists, we tend to put a lot of our training emphasis on where we often feel the demands of our sport most: the legs. However, while anatomy 101 and many well meaning trainers and coaches may teach that movement occurs as a body part or segment of the body only, in fact, our body is tied together in full.This is accomplished through an incredible tissue of the body called fascia, as well as through the complex motor-control patterns which our brain works with. I wont go into the fascial system here, but if youd like to learn more I strongly recommend picking up Thomas Myers foundational book Anatomy Trains.Better movement through upper body integrationOver the last 10 years or so, Ive been coaching riders to integrate the McGill Big 3 into their strength & daily routines, in an effort to build a…
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