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Leg Exercises & Workouts for Cycling – from Legcyclopedia

Cycling is all about, more than anything else, legs. If you are a cyclist, you would have surely looked into the various exercises and workouts to keep your legs healthy and strong for that long trip or that exciting race.

For cyclists and cycling professionals, this page provides a comprehensive set of useful web resources for leg exercises and leg workouts. (Check out details for leg exercises and workouts for various sports)

  • The Best Lower Body Workouts For Serious Leg Strength – Build strength, stability, and efficiency with these moves to pump power into every pedal stroke – Link
  • 9 Killer Quad Exercises for Building Crazy Strong Legs – Monster quads help you crush the ride. Here’s how to carve a pair of your own – on and off the bike – Link
  • 5 Must-Do Leg Exercises for Cyclists – Whether it’s pedaling efficiency, correcting muscular imbalances or generating more power, weight-training can help you become a better cyclist. While you’ll still need to work on your core, these five essential leg-strengthening exercises, which can be done at home with dumbbells or a kettlebell, are a good place to start – Link
  • Leg Day Exercises for Cyclists By Erik Taylor Are you not filling out those spandex shorts very well in the quad region? Do you envy the muscular calves of your fellow athletes? It’s time to make some serious gains in those quads and calves of yours – Link
  • 8 Single-Leg Exercises to Increase Cycling Power By Dan Kehlenbach With the winter upon us, it’s time to start thinking about getting back into the gym. To make the most of your strength workouts, consider adding single-leg exercises to your program. In addition to improving your riding, single-leg exercises can reduce muscle imbalances (which is important since large discrepancies can lead to an inefficient pedal stroke and possibly increase the chance of injuries), enhance your balance and coordination, and help with any other sports/activities that you enjoy. Here are some ideas – Link
  • Embracing Strong Legs – How Cycling Does (& Doesn’t) Change a Woman’s Body By Megan FlottorpJune 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm 5 min reading First things first, we think strong legs are awesome and know that riders of all genders sport them with pride. Nevertheless, the fear of “hulk-like” gams is something worth addressing because it comes up a lot when new riders are considering the impact that a different activity could have on their body. “Will cycling make my legs big?” is one of the most common searches on Google, and with all the misinformation out there, along with unfortunately common body image issues, we worry that this myth might be keeping some women off bikes. Read more
  • 7 Ways Cycling Changes Your Body Mass – This article discusses the question whether cycling makes your legs stronger and bigger and also answers other questions about how riding a bike shapes your body – Read more
  • Here’s the science behind why Tour de France rider’s legs are so veiny Why is it that the fittest riders often have such exposed piping? – Read more
  • What Does Cycling Do for Your Body and Legs? Cycling is an effective, low-impact way to stay fit and healthy. It provides many benefits such as increasing strength and endurance, as well as decreasing body fat. Cycling mainly uses the legs but also incorporates upper-body muscles such as the chest, back, biceps, triceps and shoulders for stabilization and performing maneuvers. Read more
  • Will Cycling Make Your Thighs Bigger? Why you’re not going to turn into the Hulk (unless you really try) – Read more
  • How to Get Big, Strong Legs Like an Olympic Cyclist, As impressive as a hulking upper body might be to your middle-school self, you end up looking like a weird, muscly Popsicle if you don’t have the legs to haul that thing around. So we asked Martin “Marty” Nothstein, an Olympic track-cycling gold medalist, what he does for his redwood-sized wheels. Read more


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