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CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS

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Aerobic Training Programs Arlington VA

Local resource for aerobic training programs in Arlington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to aerobic exercise like stair climbing, elliptical training, indoor rowing, kickboxing, swimming, jumping rope, stationary bicycles as well as advice and content on anaerobic exercise and aerobic energy systems.

Golds Gym
(703) 299-0174
2945 S Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA
 
Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center
(703) 486-3380
2231 Crystal Dr
Arlington, VA
Industry
Health Spa, Personal Trainer

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Bally Total Fitness
(703) 416-5131
1201 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA
 
Golds Gym
(703) 527-4653
2900 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA
 
Pentagon Square Bally Total Fitness
1201 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Sauna, Yoga

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Ymca
(703) 525-5420
3422 13th St N
Arlington, VA
 
Gold's Gym
(703) 528-5555
1830 N Nash St
Arlington, VA
 
Arlington Snap Fitness
15th St. S. & So. Fern St.
Arlington, VA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Golds Gym
(703) 522-2544
1220 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA
 
Sport Health Clubs Inc
(703) 486-3380
2231 Crystal Dr
Arlington, VA
 
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TRAINING TIPS AND TRAINING AIDS

Following are a series of training tips and training aids used by cyclists to improve their personal performance. Although they have been used for improving cycling performance, the ideas could be adapted for other aerobic sports as well. (Nutritional tips have been addressed elsewhere.)

AERO BARS

A nice way to take the pressure off your hands, add another position to your options on a road bike, and increase your average speed about 1 mph without any additional effort. For distance cycling, this is the one accessory that will add the most to your performance.

BIKE WEIGHTS

Nothing more than a lead weight (5.5, 7.7, an 9.9 pounds) offered as a commercial product and attached to your bike, the theory is that if you work harder while training, you'll fly in the race or event. You can make a homemade model by adding lead shot to your water bottle, or in a number of other ways only limited by your imagination.

CLIMBING

A hilly course offers an alternative to an interval ride, and will give you some variety at the same time. And riding a tough course will help you develop the mental attitude needed to face those hills in a race.

COMPUTERIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS

A fancy alternative to the handwritten training diary, these programs do take an extra commitment of time to enter the data. But they may be just the ticket to give you the incentive to collect the numbers, and they will plot your numbers in graphic form which makes it easier to identify trends. And some of them will give you an analysis and recommendation from guidelines written into the program by the author. However like any "cookie cutter" approach, they are tailored for the average athlete, and may not fit all your personal needs.

Commercial products

  • Ultra coach (800-400-1390)
  • Attain for Cycling

COOLING DOWN

A good idea to help flush the lactic acid out of your muscles and cut down on soreness the next day. If you can, take 10 to 15 minutes for some leisurely spinning after an event or hard training ride. One study from Iowa looked at lactate levels 20 minutes post exercise in three groups - passive recovery, massage, and slow cycling on a stationary trainer. The easy pedaling group removed more lactate, more quickly, than massage which is often touted as the "gold standard".

CYCLECOMPUTER

You can't record all aspects of a workout accurately and scientifically without a good cyclecomputer - Distance, speed, average speed, cadence, elapsed time.

FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM

Dehydration can limit optimal performance in a competitive event, and training will suffer too if you don't drink enough. For longer rides, particularly in hot climates or where you don't want to stop for fear of losing the group, a water bottle or two may not be enough, so consider a "Camelbak" or similar fluid delivery system.

GROUP RIDES

Riding with others is an easy way to push yourself. Riding with a group pushes can help push u...

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