Cycling or spinning is one of the most popular workouts right now and for good reason. Not only is cycling easy on the joints, but it’s a great way to get into shape. One of the most common questions we get from customers is what type of equipment and exercises best compliment cycling.
Whether you’ve got a Peloton Bike or other type of Spin or Cycle bike in your home gym, we’ve put together a list of the best equipment to compliment your cycling workout and get the most benefit from your gym equipment.
A strong core is a key component of any quality workout, and can especially benefit your indoor cycling workouts. This is because the core is what keeps the body stable both in and out of the saddle!
Another workout to benefit your spin workout is yoga. Increasing joint and muscular flexibility is not only beneficial to your body’s overall well-being but it translates to a greater range of motion over time. An increased range of motion will provide a greater ability to strengthen and condition a particular muscle group, like your legs!
Yoga also helps to improve your strength. The various yoga poses and postures help build strength and improve lean body mass which increases core body stability and can help prevent injury when you cycle.
Pilates is another amazing for targeting your core muscles and for keeping your spine in a stable position while your legs are moving. Similar to yoga, pilates is also known for its ability to improve flexibility and posture. Pilates is great for those who have tight hip flexors, necks and upper backs due to the cycling position as it helps to stretch and lengthen those muscles which can help prevent injury and reduce pain.
Strength training should be a part of everyone’s workout regime, as it helps with weight loss and/or maintenance improves energy levels, builds lean muscle, improves coordination, and burns calories even after the workout is over.
For those who cycle or spin strength training breaks down muscle fibers while you are working out while spinning which means you’ll have stronger, more powerful muscles in the long run and be able to bike with more intensity. Additionally, strength training will help to improve your coordination and balance which will help you perfect your pedal stroke so you don’t waste energy on the bike.
HIIT or high-intensity interval training is a workout where you go all-out, in an intense burst exercise, followed by a short recovery period. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. For those who cycle HIIT workouts help you build endurance especially for those climbs and high intense portions of your workout.
Alternative cardio workouts are a great way to compliment your cycling workouts. By alternating in a day or running, jogging, rowing, or using an elliptical into your workout routine you’ll be able to target different muscle groups and help build better cardio endurance for the days you jump on the bike.
Now that you’ve got an expanded list of workouts you can do to support your cycling workout routine, here’s some equipment you can add to your home gym to build a highly-functional and efficient gym.