Core strength is mandatory for increasing every athlete’s performance. Unfortunately core work can often end up taking a back seat to other training during the cycling season. Off-season is a great time to revisit those practices and incorporate them into our daily routines. Core work can benefit non-athletes as well. By maintaining a strong core you can strengthen the muscles that support the spine and pelvis, improving posture and aiding in the ease of common everyday activities. Typically, this can be addressed in season by more of a maintenance approach but much of this work can be mildly fatiguing and take up valuable in season time better spent training for goal events. In the off-season I typically split these activities up into the two focus areas of flexibility and strength, although they sometimes overlap.
Flexibility is Key