Build the perfect core routine with just four exercises

We outline core exercises to help you stay strong and injury free on the bike

core strength for cyclists
(Image credit: chris catchpole)

We've all heard talk of the mystical 'core' and its importance for cyclists, but as a general rule most riders regard time spent training this area in much the same way they do the edible kind: we'd rather chuck it away to devote more time to the fleshy goodness of hours in the saddle.

However, one or two sessions a week devoted to strengthening the biggest muscles in the body can go a long way in boosting power and keeping you on the bike.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.