Building Muscle Off and On The Bike


Building muscle can be quite the challenge for just about any human. It takes hard work and serious dedication to a routine to develop the muscle mass that many people dream of. There are tips in this article that can help you with this challenge and make it a bit easier to succeed.

If you want to build your muscles, the most important thing to do is start a rotation. It is not feasible to work on the same muscle group every day. Doing so is a quick way to ruin your work as well as burn yourself out very quickly at the gym.

Make sure you are getting enough proteins in your diet. You need about one gram of protein for each pound of body weight every day. If you cannot eat enough meat, think about drinking a supplement such as soy milk or even taking a powder supplement. Eating more proteins than you need will not help you build muscles faster.

Consider using a creatine supplement. The consumption of five grams a day may make it possible for you to lift longer and harder, leading to maximized growth of muscles. This particular supplement should not be used by teenagers, and avoided altogether by anyone with untreated health problems. To be safe, check with your doctor before beginning use.

Try varying your grips. Once you become experienced in working out, your muscles will start to resist any growth on exercises that are familiar to them. Different grips can help to make these familiar exercises different, which can cause additional muscle growth. Examples of exercise where you can change the grip are barbell rows, barbell curls, pull-ups, and bench presses. Try using wide grips, close hand grips, reverse grips, and even mixed grips that include having one hand up and one hand down.

Cycling Fitness

One of the best things that you can do to gain muscle is resistance cycling. This means that you will sit on a bicycle and pedal with a higher level of resistance and tension than usual. This technique will help to strengthen your legs, which is a core component in your body.

Utilize the helpful information that is included in this article to plan out a successful workout routine that you can use to build muscle in the rapid, yet safe manner that you hope for. Keep positive thoughts and remain patient and you are sure to reach your muscle building goals.

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Mountain Biking Requires Full Body Fitness

Smart Ideas To Keeping A Healthy Level Of Fitness

Physical fitness is important for many reasons and especially if you like to ride a mountain bike Being fit can make you more attractive, fight depression, improve self-esteem, and improve physical health. If you’d like to get fit but aren’t sure how to start, look no further! Read on for some easy tips to get started on fitness.

To improve your fitness levels more quickly, go slow. This means, when you are lifting weights, slow down the contraction phase of the lift. Take ten seconds per repetition, and you will see improvements more quickly than if you take two seconds. Try it for six weeks, and you should see visible results.

Use a combination of different exercise to work out similar muscles. Muscles can sometimes be complex structures because they consist of both pulling and pushing muscles. When you work out with one specific exercise it may not necessarily “hit” or stretch all of the available muscles. It’s important to work out with many different types of exercises.

If you don’t have enough time to work on your fitness in one block of time, it is possible to break up your exercise into smaller parts. This means you can run for 20 minutes in the morning before your shower, and then, after work, do a quick bodybuilding session that lasts 30 minutes.

Looking to increase muscle mass? Use simple math: multiply the total weight of your current sets by the amount of times you lift each set. Your goal is to increase that total number as much as possible. This can be achieved by adding more weight, increasing the number of repetitions, or by adding on additional sets.

Mountain Biking

In order to get the most out of your mountain biking fitness routine, be sure to shift your weight forward when tackling a hill. This will cause more of your weight to be distributed to the front tire and give you more traction. Learn to get a feel for how much you need to distribute, and you’ll find that you will have much more success climbing.

Now that you know what you can do now to improve your fitness, the only thing left is to do it! Don’t let yourself forget about this article by tomorrow, start acting on what you’ve read now, and get into a habit that will improve your entire life! Good luck!


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Cycling Fitness Starts With Nutrition

A Healthy Body Is A Happy Body!

Nutrition has so many possibilities as to what you can use, do and how you can apply it to your own diet. It is rare to find somebody that will have the same nutritional needs as you, so why not take advantage of that fact? This article can help you.

Avoid pre-packaged and prepared foods whenever possible if you are looking for the healthiest nutrition. In almost every case pretreated foods and pre-cooked meals feature added ingredients for preservation that are extremely bad for you. It is far better to prepare your own food from fresh ingredients than to rely on food prepared in a factory.

As part of your nutrition plan, see if you can reduce drinking soda. You’ll reduce your sugar and calorie intake and avoid unnatural, artificial sweeteners. Drinking plain water is unappetizing for some people, but most enjoy the clean, natural taste. If you must, you can add small amounts of fruit juice to add a bit of flavor.

HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein, which you should eat more of than LDL, Low Density Lipoproteins. The low density forms of cholesterol, LDL, can get clogged up in the arteries of the body. Blocked arteries may present major health problems for people who ingest a lot of red meat or other fatty foods. Because of this, it’s important to monitor the different amounts of HDL and LDL going into your system.

Turn pizza from a very unhealthy choice into a more nutritional meal. A couple of little tricks are to load your pizza with vegetable toppings or if you are a meat lover, make sure to use lean meat like chicken or turkey.

Isn’t creating your own personal nutrition plan helpful? As you have seen in this article, there are a lot of ways this can be done and no two plans or diets will yield the same results. There are also lots of customizable options that can work with your needs and budget. Check our cycling nutrition category for great products

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BikePartsExpress – Get Fit With These Cycling Tips – Winter Cycling

Clever Fitness Ideas

If fitness is at the top of your to do list, get started with the information in the article below to make sure you get the most from whatever you decide to do. Not all fitness advice is right for everyone, but you can find some great ideas from these practical tips to get started today.


To maintain your fitness level for life, you must find forms of exercise that you enjoy. If you have to force yourself to exercise, you are very unlikely to exercise on a regular basis or to maintain your fitness level in the long term. By participating in enjoyable forms of exercise such as swimming, cycling, hiking, dancing, and playing enjoyable team sports, you can be fit and stay fit for life.

For those who have just begun exercising recently, it is important not to over do it. Because your muscles and other parts of your body are not used to the exercise, you can suffer a severe muscle injury. You can begin by power-walking, running, cycling, swimming, or lifting light weights.

Strengthen your legs with isotonic exercise. Many sports such as basketball, football, cycling and running require strong legs. This form of exercise requires you to tense and contract a muscle for a certain amount of time. Weight lifting is a particularly good example of this exercise, as it develops muscle tone and increases joint flexibility.

A good cycling fitness tip to help increase endurance and muscle when you are riding is to try and keep your pace somewhere between 80 and 110 rpms. This will allow you to ride further without getting tired and it is much easier on your joints. You also have the benefit of riding for longer periods of time.

Getting started on your way to true personal fitness begins with these effective and practical tips. Put these tips to use to feel better and look great. It will give you a great deal of satisfaction to know you are doing something to get in the best shape you can.

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Building Muscle Is Important In Cycling

Some muscle building is done on the bike, but there is much that can be done off the bike too.

Try These Tips!

Muscle building is the same as any other type of self-improvement: if you have the right information and know where to begin, it can be a simple, straightforward process. No one can do the work for you, but you can be pointed in the right direction; here are some muscle building tips that work well.

Keep in mind that there is no one method to build muscle that will work fast, effectively, and in the area that you really want to target. Muscle building takes work, and it takes time too. If you want to see success you must come up with a solid plan and remain committed to it. Overnight success stories do not happen when it comes to building muscle, so be sure to take it slow.

Make the “big three” a part of your daily workout routine. These three exercises include: the deadlift, squat and bench press. These particular exercises are known to help build bulk, strength and condition your muscles each time they are done and should be included in your routine for maximum muscle building success.

Genetics are one of the most important factors in building muscle mass. There is not much you can change about your interior genetics that shape your body, but you can improve the way you look by becoming more tone. Some of us just do not have the bodies that will have large muscles, so accept that and strive for better tone.

Limit yourself to four workouts per week. Doing five or more can cause recovery issues that limit or even hinder your progress. Having three days off a week also allows for mental recovery as well as physical. You will be more enthusiastic about going to the gym on your four days.

In order to build muscle effectively, you must include a variety of exercises in your weekly exercise routine. For instance, do push-ups and pull-ups one day, then on another day lift weights instead. Varying the workout induces muscle confusion, which prevents the body from getting used to the workout and not reaping all the benefits from it.

Train at least three times per week. You need at least three training sessions every week if you want to see significant muscle growth. If you are really new at weight training, this can be reduced to two at the start; however, you should increase the number of sessions per week as soon as you are able. If you already have some experience with strength training, you can add more sessions as well.

Any time you are lifting a heavy free weight, it is very important that you have a spotter. This is someone who knows the routine that you are doing and also understands when you are requiring help. Many times this person can become a type of gym buddy as well.

Cycling Specific Muscle Building

One of the best things that you can do to gain muscle is resistance cycling. This means that you will sit on a bike and pedal with a higher level of resistance and tension than usual. This technique will help to strengthen your legs, which is a core component in your body.

Building up your muscles takes the same commitment, time and effort that any self-improvement activity does. You have to do the exercise, but the right information and learning the right techniques can be more helpful than you know. Use the tips in this article to put you on the right path.

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Cycling Gear – Learning What Works – Tire Selection Part 1

I have been riding and racing mountain bikes for 15 years. I have learned a lot in that time. Not just about riding and racing, but about cycling gear and what works and what doesn’t work. I remember one of the first lessons that you learn is what tire you like and what works for your riding style and your area of the country. I remember my first real mountain bike, well actually it was my second bike. My first mountain bike was a Trek 6500, and it was an OK bike but I never really felt one with the bike on that bike. It was a standard geometry bike with standard components on a standard aluminum frame. It was harsh, but I learned how to ride and learned that i needed a better bike. My first real mountain bike was a Litespeed Pisgah that i bought after being beat up by the Trek for about 6 months. I still remember my first ride on that sweet TI bike with full XT. It was dancing on two wheels. What a difference. This was back in the mid 90’s and it seems that every bike i saw came standard with Panaracer XC Pro tires.20120828-072423.jpg

They were good tires with plenty of bite. The tire still made to this day and is probably one of the most popular tires out there. The tire works really well for newbie riders as it has tall knobs and plenty of them. Newbie riders need extra knobs as this offers better traction and keeps them out of trouble. I remember thinking i wasn’t a newbie anymore and i went in search of a lighter tire with less rolling resistance. I found the Hutchinson Python. 20120828-072439.jpg

I had seen the Python on other bikes with guys that were really good riders, so i thought i would give them a try. My first ride on the Pythons was pretty much my last, for the time being. I remember feeling how fast they felt and how much easier they were to get going. Initially i loved them and i felt so liberated. I got going really fast really quick and then came the twisties. i went into the twisty section and promptly plowed the front tire into a soft berm and over the bars i went. Ouch! Got up brushed myself off, and decided i was probably a little tired and wasn’t paying attention. I got up to speed again on a nice flat section, went into another twisty really hot, and boom! Over the bars again when the front tire washed out on me. That was it. I knew at that time that Pythons were not for me. I went back to the shop and bought a fresh set of Panaracer XC pros, this time with a foldable bead so they were lighter than the old wire bead tires i has been running. I felt the difference in the rolling weight and was pretty happy for them for quite a while. I stayed with XC Pros for the first year or so, until i got better at bike handling and they suited my riding style just fine. They also kept me upright most of the time and were very forgiving of my newbieness.

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Last ICUP race of the season was at SnowBasin


Love this course. It has something for everyone, climbing yes, great views yes, fast flats yes, fun downhills yes. All in all I think it was my favorite ICUP race venue.

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