Cycling Anatomy

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See what it takes to maximize cycling power, speed, and endurance! Cycling Anatomy will show you how to improve your performance by increasing muscular strength and optimizing the efficiency of every movement.

Cycling Anatomy features 74 of the most effective cycling exercises, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles in action.

Cycling Anatomy goes beyond exercises by placing you on the bike and into the throes of competition. Illustrations of the active muscles involved in cornering, climbing, descending, and sprinting show you how the exercises are fundamentally linked to cycling performance. From steep inclines to slick terrains, Cycling Anatomy will ensure you're prepared for any challenge that comes your way.

You'll also learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas, reduce muscle tension, and minimize common cycling injuries. You'll also learn ways to pull it all together to develop a training based on your individual needs and goals.

Whether you're training for an upcoming century ride or just want to top that killer hill with strength to spare, Cycling Anatomy will make sure you get the most out of every ride.

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What People Are Saying

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"Cycling Anatomy answers the basic and complex questions and gives you an array of options for improving your training both on and off the bike."

Connie Carpenter Phinney
1984 Olympic Champion

Connie Carpenter Phinney

Cycling Anatomy answers the basic and complex questions and gives you an array of options for improving your training both on and off the bike. (Connie Carpenter Phinney, 1984 Olympic Champion)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736075879
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 364,314
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shannon Sovndal, MD, is the owner and founder of Thrive Health and Fitness Medicine (Thrive HFM), an elite team of physicians, exercise physiologists, and athletes who provide clients with the highest level of personalized health care, life management, and fitness training. Most recently, he serves as a team physician for the Garmin-Slipstream professional cycling team. He also works as a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado and as a physician at the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Colorado. Before becoming a physician, Sovndal raced road bikes in the United States, winning the California/Nevada District Championship and many other road races and criteriums.

Sovndal is a coauthor of Fitness Cycling and has written numerous sports-related articles and lectured on exercise-related topics. He attended medical school at Columbia University in New York, completed his residency at Stanford University in California, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Exercise Finder

Chapter 1. The Cyclist in Motion
Chapter 2. Arms
Chapter 3. Neck and Shoulders
Chapter 4. Chest
Chapter 5. Back
Chapter 6. Abdomen
Chapter 7. Legs: Muscle Isolation
Chapter 8. Legs: Complete Power
Chapter 9. Whole-Body Training for Cycling

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2010

    Terrific illustrations

    You don't need to be a competitive cyclist to enjoy and appreciate the illustrations, exercises, and advice in this full-color book. I know that, the older I get, the shorter my rides have become because my arms tire more easily and well, my butt gets sore! This book is full of great exercises to help me get in better shape so that I can enjoy my rides and stay out longer. With chapters for legs, arms, abdomen, shoulders/neck (my favorite), chest, and back you're sure to find what you need to to improve your strength, speed, and/or endurance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    less relevant than it seemed at a glance

    OK, in theory, I suppose it is true that every muscle is either "used on the bike," or it counters and balances a muscle "used on the bike," or it's part of the "core musculature that stabilizes the body." However, as a result, this book essentially lists every single muscle group, and some excercise you can do for it in the gym. It also provides a picture of a person on a bike, highlighting those muscles. And then it adds, "you can't turn the pedals if you're not breathing well" or "you can't ride hard if your core isn't strong" or some other platitude. I was hoping for something much more bike (or bike injury, or bike-training) specific, but really, the bike aspect is mostly packaging. The exercises are no doubt useful, but they're nothing you wouldn't get from a more general "conditioning" book, or from watching other people at the gym. Only occasionally are there hints about certain exercises being useful to prevent certain injuries, or remedy a specific cycling weakness. There are no charts connecting goals to exercises.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Helpful In Planning Weight Training

    I use the the book as a supplemental reference book in planning my off-season weight and core training in conjunction with Joe Friel's Cycling Training Bible. Cycling Anatomy illustrates the muscles used in various exercises and cross-references them to illustrations of the same muscles while on the bike. The illustrations are clear and easy to see the muscles identified.

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    Posted October 19, 2010

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