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CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS

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Aerobic Training Programs Lakewood WA

Local resource for aerobic training programs in Lakewood. 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.

24 Hour Fitness Lakewood Mall Active Gym
5919 Lakewood Town Center Blvd
Lakewood, WA
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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Curves
(253) 588-9700
7609 Steilacoom Blvd Sw # 200
Lakewood, WA
 
Anytime Fitness Lakewood, WA
(253) 589-5277
8520 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA
Programs & Services
24-hr Operations, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Parking, Personal Training, Spinning, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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NW Boot Camp Tacoma
(206) 660-8368
14824 C St S
Tacoma, WA
Industry
Personal Trainer

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Curves
(253) 460-0250
4916 Center St # J
Tacoma, WA
 
24 Hour Fitness
(253) 588-2244
5919 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd Sw
Lakewood, WA
 
24 Hour Fitness
(206) 343-5820
10115 Gravelly Lake Dr Sw
Lakewood, WA
 
Curves
(253) 531-4553
10202 Pacific Ave S # 104
Tacoma, WA
 
Curves
(253) 472-2550
5849 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, WA
 
Got 2 Get Fit
(253) 414-0915
3630 S Cedar St Suite M
Tacoma, WA
Industry
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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