Strength training for cyclists: do the gains really justify the time?

Find out if strength training for cyclists will benefit your cycling performance. Discover which exercises to do, how to build your strength training program and common mistakes to avoid

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If you are wondering if adding strength training or weight training to your cycling routine is a good idea, hesitate no more. The benefits are huge and can be gained on just a small amount of effort each week, even without leaving your house! 

Why is strength training important for cyclists?

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Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds interest in cycling began while studying for a degree in Sports Science at the University College Chichester and surrounded by elite level cyclists. She is now undertaking a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University investigating the use of e-bikes by older people. 

A committed dabbler whose passion outweighed her talent Reynolds has competed across all disciplines of cycling bar BMX. In the very distant past she has been south-east road race champion, southern cyclo-cross champion and finished third in the European 24hr Solo mountain-bike champs in 2011. She was also the Fitness Editor of Cycling Weekly for 15 years. 

Hannah Reynolds is author of several cycling books, France-en-Velo a guide to the ultimate 1000 mile cycle route from the Channel to Med; Britain's Best Bike Ride. LEJOG1000; A 1000 mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats and 1001 Cycling Tips