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CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS

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Aerobic Training Programs Gilbert AZ

Local resource for aerobic training programs in Gilbert. 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.

Bally Total Fitness
(480) 539-0352
855 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ
 
Snap Fitness in Gilbert, AZ
(480) 840-6363
1459 S Higley Rd. #101
Gilbert, AZ
Programs & Services
24-hr Operations, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Gym Equipment, Personal Training, Special Services, Stationary Bikes, Tanning, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Gilbert Snap Fitness
(480) 840-6363
1459 S Higley Rd, Corner of Higley & Ray Rd. in Higley Park Commons
Gilbert, AZ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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24 Hour Fitness Gilbert Sport Gym
97 S. Val Vista Drive
Gilbert, AZ
Programs & Services
24-hr Operations, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Family Gym, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Personal Training, Special Services, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Ericka Brian
(626) 376-8429
Gilbert, AZ

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Shape Express
(480) 812-8222
2335 S Lindsay Rd # 103
Gilbert, AZ
 
24 Hour Fitness
(480) 497-4424
97 S Val Vista Dr
Gilbert, AZ
 
Pilates Palace
(480) 471-6212
538 S Gilbert Rd Ste. 106
Gilbert, AZ
 
Alvin Bridges
(480) 827-7254
Gilbert, AZ

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Azcomp Technologies
(480) 730-3055
425 W Guadalupe Rd Ste 103
Gilbert, AZ
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Personal Trainer

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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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