By: Carly Rubenstein Levitt
Carly is not only a Spin Instructor, but is also a Certified Personal Trainer, so it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two when it comes to training the entire body for overall performance.
1. Lying Glute Bridge People who spin or cycle on a regular basis tend to be quad dominant. That means their quadriceps tends to take over when utilized for a specific lower body movement. Given this information Carly recommends strengthening the hamstrings.
2. Scissor kicks can be very beneficial in working the hip flexors, transverse abdominals and inner and outer thighs. This will assist you to have a more efficient pedal stroke.
3. Plank who doesn’t love a good plank challenge? Planks assist in core stability while sitting on the saddle, but they also help to increase muscular strength and endurance that your body requires to ride powerfully.
4. Transverse Plank (side plank with a reach through) This exercise strengthens the oblique’s and helps with overall stability both in and out of the saddle.
5. Scapular Pushups Are not always pretty, but they can be fun! By increasing overall strength throughout these muscles you’ll not only begin to improve your while taking a spin class, but you’ll experience lasting benefits with overall posture.