Mastering cycling: The important role of hands, arms and shoulders

We tend to think that cycling is all about the lower limbs.

It’s not.

As we discussed last time, activated and strong glutes and hips are required to keep the trunk (torso) stable and generate power through the pedals.

But the hands, arms and shoulders play an equally important role. Cycling, it turns out, is a full body sport.

Cycling, even road cycling, places substantial multi-directional forces through the handlebars, up through the hands and into the body. The job of the hands, arms and shoulders is to absorb these forces and allow the trunk to remain stable. This increases efficiency and, even more importantly, comfort and resilience.

In this video, I’ll show you how to prime your upper limbs to take you further and faster on your bike while feeling fantastic and having more fun.

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