Core Assets: Cycle Stronger for Longer

Save your vertebrae from a tug of war by developing a rock solid core

by Jennifer Sherry

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If you suffer from an aching back after hours on the bike you may be lacking core strength. “When you hunch over in the saddle for a long time, your back becomes overly conditioned, and if you don’t have equally strong abdominal muscles to counter your forceful back muscles, your spinal balance can be thrown off,” says Shannon Sovndal, author of Cycling Anatomy. For a solid core and a stable pedalling platform, Sovndal recommends these gym exercises, done at least two nonconsecutive days a week.

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