The knee performs a hinge between the hip and the ankle, it’s essential to build up strength across the joint. Weight training on the bicycle is essential to developing those muscles. Plus, “your every week strengthening regular should involve not only strengthening and activation, but also foam rolling or another type of smooth tissues manipulation and mobilization” to maintain your muscles in maximum condition, says Parsons.
How to use this list: Rick demonstrates the exercises below, so you can learn the correct form. Perform 2 to 3 3 sets of every exercise two times each week. You need a resistance band loop, a trainer, and medium weight. An exercise mat is optional.
Knee Conditioning Essentials
Place a resistance band loop around legs right above the knee. Lay on your still left side with legs bent, and ankles, and legs stacked. Rest your head on the left side to avoid injuring your throat and rest right hand on the mat before you. Maintaining your heels jointly, lift right leg toward ceiling whenever you can. Go back to starting position. Complete 15 repetitions, then do it again on the right aspect.
The Glute Bridge
Rest faceup on the mat with a resistance band loop around your legs right above the legs and legs bent, heels near to butt, arms at sides. Contract glutes, and press into pumps to lift sides up toward roof so your body forms a line from shoulders to knees as you simultaneously press knees out to keep them consistent with hips and keep maintaining tension on the band. Pause. Lower and repeat for 10 to 15 repetitions.
The Reverse Lunge
Start standing on a Bosu trainer with practical hips for balance. Take a large step back again with left feet and lower into a lunge with right lower leg developing an angle. Press through right to return left leg to start. Complete 10 reps, then do it again on other knee.
The Resistance Band Lateral Walk
Place a band around the lower leg. Stand with feet apart so band is firm. Lower into a mini squat, then step out left. Bring right foot in so feet are the width of your normal stance; continue walking, taking 15 steps left before swithing to take 15 steps to the right, keeping the band firm the entire time.
The Single-Leg Deadlift
Start standing and holding a kettlebell in right hands. Change weight onto still left knee and micro flex left leg. Hinge at the sides as you lower weight to floor and flex extend right leg back behind you for balance. Lower the weight until you are about even to the floor while keeping back again straight. Go back to the starting position. Do it again for 10 to 15 repetitions then switch edges.
The Donkey Kick
Start all fours with wrists under shoulder blades, knees under sides, toes tucked, and back flat. While keeping leg bent, lift right heel up as though to “stamp” your footprint on the roof. Go back to starting position. Complete 15 repetitions then do it again on left part.
The Bird Dog
Start in doggie position with wrists under shoulders, knees under sides, feet tucked, and back again smooth. Extend right arm and remaining leg right out until they’re parallel to the floor. Maintain a set back, level sides, and focus on tugging your stomach button toward your backbone. Return to all fours, then increase left arm and right knee. Continue alternating for 90 seconds.
Cyclists are an obsessive number, and we often end up only traveling our bikes-a great deal. This, in combination with a focus that involves sitting at desks all day long, can cause the weakening of muscles of the core, such as the primary, glutes, and hips. From there, it’s a domino impact: When those muscles become weak or underused, they may become inactive or underactive. So when that happens, the muscles that you utilize a great deal on the bike, such as the quads, finish up over-compensating. This overcompensation causes poor knee monitoring and poor position throughout the pedal heart stroke, which can result in knee pain. And that’s not even considering the stress your putting on your knees if your bike isn’t fit properly or if you’re positioning in the saddle has gone out of whack. Overall you will benefit on and off the cycle with your knees being ready for the long rides. Ride On.