For those days when you can’t get to the gym, take your training outside or in the comfort of your living room.
Fresh air and natural features make for an ideal workout setting. Here is a mini off-the-bike HIIT for cyclists workout to help build strength and increase endurance.
3-5 minute warm-up:
Warming up is very important to increase blood flow to your muscles and to reduce tension on joints and tendons.
-Range of motion movements per joint
-Followed by run in place, light jog or spin around the block to get the blood flowing
Workout: 20 sec on with 10 sec rest x 2
– Toe touch to squat jump
– Downward dog-to plank with floating knee (alternate sides)
– Plank with alternate arm and leg balance/raise
– Alternate lunges (pick up intensity by adding a jump)
– Spider Pushups
– Mountain Climbers
– Push up to Side Plank, alternate sides
5 min Cool-down
Slow spin or light jog around the block followed by stretching each body part. Cool down is crucial to bring your heart rate back to resting and to return the muscles back to optimal length tension. Great job on your mini HIIT for cyclists workout.
Remember, when your goal is to alleviate stress, it’s important to maintain physical and mental well being. Make sure your exercise routine is fun. ~ Amy Renn, MS Kinesiology, sports performance and conditioning specialist, Certified Yoga Instructor