Conditioning for cyclists with Jo McRae: part five - stability exercises for trunk, hips, and shoulders

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Conditioning for cyclists with Jo McRae: part five – stability exercises for trunk, hips, and shoulders

Maximising power from the joints

‘Stability’ is a word often used in relation to conditioning, and this week we are looking at an exercise that tackles this sometimes subtle element of ‘core’ conditioning.

Joints need to be ‘stable’ in order for force to be transmitted across them, and so working on the bodies intrinsic ‘stability’ is important if you want to maximise your potential for force generation.

Exercises to improve strength in the hips, trunk, and shoulders can help to prevent the joints from limiting power output

Without this the body will limit the amount of power that can be produced across joints to try to avoid injury and your performance will be limited too.

‘Core’ in this sense is not only the middle of the body or the support through the abdomen for the spine, but also the core of the main moving joints of the upper and lower limbs, the hips and the shoulders. These joints are designed for maximum mobility but consequently rely on muscular control for intrinsic stability.

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