Cyclist strength training: developing strength out of the saddle

Drills and technique to improve standing climbing

We spend most of our time in the saddle.…. in the saddle. But when we stand up we have the potential for the greatest strength, power and acceleration.

With longer, lighter evenings and warmer weather in prospect, hopefully your indoor training will be reserved for short lunchtime workouts when you don’t have to time to get out. And with more time to play outside, you will naturally be spending more time out of the saddle too, climbing hills, accelerating away from junctions, and generally stretching your legs.

The change of season in the UK means it should no longer be necessary for trips aboard to hone standing climbing technique

Knowing how to best use your body when you stand up is something that often goes under the radar. Most riders don’t actively work on standing technique, and therefore fail to take full advantage of this ‘icing on the cake’ of a well-conditioned cycling body. Building on the ‘pedalling squares’ drill from last time, this week we look at the basics of standing strength and how to develop it.

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