Get stronger legs with these four exercises While cardiovascular fitness is a must for high-level cycling, improved leg strength can help with a more balanced physique.
Try these four exercises to build thighs, quads and calves of steel that German track cyclist Robert Förstemann would approve of.
Related: How to build overall strength for cycling 1. Squat jumps
Squat jumps are one of the best ways to boost your explosive power: Doing squats is beneficial for cyclists because it helps to keep the hamstrings balanced by working them in a different way to the pedalling action.
As a cyclist you should aim to squat down fairly low, so that your thighs are roughly parallel with the ground – an angle your legs will be used to through pedalling.
From the squat position, jump up as high as you can, as hard as you can, but keeping your hands as close to your hips as you can so you don’t create artificial momentum.Repeat this 15 times in sets of four, doing them quickly and powerfully to build up strength. 2. Lunges Lunging engages your quads, hamstrings, glutes and calf muscles so they are an excellent all-round exercise for improving leg strength. […]