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Muscles used during riding..

Started working out recently. Curious about knowing which core group of muscles are used the most during aggressive/track riding.

I believe BFLY told me that having strong quads and calves is pretty important since they are used a lot to lean the bike and will help out a lot during longer enduring rides.

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Quads, calves, glutes, abdominals, lower back muscles. Basic core strengthening will help a lot.

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track riding you're using your legs alot, moving around on the bike. Calves to some extent, but if you do a LED track event or a few days in a row, you'll mostly feel it in your quads. Strength isn't really an issue but endurance is.

Your groin muscles are another point to work on. Sounds silly, but alot of times you'll be thighmastering the tank. A strong core, particularly spinal erectors will help when you start braking later and harder. Being able to brake hard and keep yourself steady with your legs and core, and your weight OFF your arms (and thus the clip-ons) is a good thing.

Cardio is a good thing too. If you're doing half-hour sessions at 90%, you want to be able to keep your heart rate low the entire time. If it's going crazy, you're more prone to mistakes.

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in my very short-lived slowguy racing "career" I lifted weights just to try to make my bones denser and less prone to breakage in the event of a sliding down the track. I think on the track you pretty much use your whole body.

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in my very short-lived slowguy racing "career" I lifted weights just to try to make my bones denser and less prone to breakage in the event of a sliding down the track. I think on the track you pretty much use your whole body.
I'm doing a full body workout; just curious about which muscles I should pay special attention to.
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in my very short-lived slowguy racing "career" I lifted weights just to try to make my bones denser and less prone to breakage in the event of a sliding down the track. I think on the track you pretty much use your whole body.
True. and having some extra mass on you does help minimize damage when you fall down too. Good gear and some "extra padding" has served me pretty well. Never broken any bones track riding, and I've taken some pretty wicked spills.

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Your groin muscles are another point to work on. Sounds silly, but alot of times you'll be thighmastering the tank. A strong core, particularly spinal erectors will help when you start braking later and harder. Being able to brake hard and keep yourself steady with your legs and core, and your weight OFF your arms (and thus the clip-ons) is a good thing.
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The only way you can seriously work out the muscles you use for riding is to "Ride". A lot of work outs help but nothing is better than pure seat time.

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Quads, calves, glutes, abdominals, lower back muscles. Basic core strengthening will help a lot.
I got tired just reading that.
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Since you didn't mention it, you need to run or bike. Build up your stamina more than anything else.

Most important muscles for me are in order, the core, back, calve, quad.

Be sure to stretch quite a bit as well.

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Started working out recently. Curious about knowing which core group of muscles are used the most during aggressive/track riding.

I believe BFLY told me that having strong quads and calves is pretty important since they are used a lot to lean the bike and will help out a lot during longer enduring rides.

Any other thoughts?
so, was brian lighting, draging or snuffing out his cigarette when he gave you this advice?
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so, was brian lighting, draging or snuffing out his cigarette when he gave you this advice?
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so, was brian lighting, draging or snuffing out his cigarette when he gave you this advice?
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I'm doing a full body workout; just curious about which muscles I should pay special attention to.
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... even if he is getting old and slow, he still can.... lol

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Old and slow is already taken.
You can also add 'fat ass' to that list
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The only way you can seriously work out the muscles you use for riding is to "Ride". A lot of work outs help but nothing is better than pure seat time.
Agreed. My first season on the track I was also lifting and doing cardio regularly. I messed with my routine a bit to attempt to prepare my body for track riding but regardless of the shape I was in something was screaming in my back or legs after 20 minutes. I've noticed the same with snowboarding.

Probably LOTS of bicycle riding would your best bet, as many pros do this all year long to stay in shape.

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heres how i figured out what to work on for riding its an easy 3 step process:

1) go riding, alot in 1 day to make sure you work what needs to be worked take no advil or whatever
2) feel what hurts/is sore the next day
3) exercise the sore spots more

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2) feel what hurts/is sore the next day
3) exercise the sore spots more
My ass and wrist.

Getting a gel seat for the former.
Been working on the latter since puberty.
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