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Showing posts from March, 2012

Caleb Ewan's Sprint Position - Revealed through Kinesiology

Eat Sleep Train Smart is Coming to a Bike Store Near You!

In addition to maintaining this blog to help fitness enthusiasts and cyclists around the globe, I am going to start working with bike stores around the Indianapolis region to educate cyclists about various topics related to cycling!  Check out the list below to see the workshops that I will be offering.  I would like to know what you guys think, so check out the poll to the right (scroll down a little) OR send me an e-mail, Tweet or write on my Facebook wall and let me know which one(s) sound most interesting to you!  I will write a post related to the class with the most votes.  Thanks!

E.S.T.Smart Cycling Workshops Class #1:  Posture 101Class Details:  Bad posture is the number one reason for one of the most common cycling complaints, low back pain.  It can also be the culprit for other joint and musculotendinous pain.  Learn how to correct posture standing, seated and on the bike.  Specific to the bicycle, each participant will learn about the different cycling postures and how to de…

First YouTube Video Post! Dog Chasing Cyclist

I wanted to have a little fun with my first YouTube post, so I decided to post a video of a dog trying to catch me!  Expect to see exercise tutorials and training rides next!

During the second half of my max aerobic (sub lactic threshold) training ride, a dog spotted me ahead of time and started to run perpendicular to my path to cut me off.  Rather than making a u-turn, I got off the saddle and challenged it to race!  I wasn't exactly sure I would win since the dog already had a five-ish second head start by the time I realized what it was trying to do.  It also didn't help that I was sort of gassed before I started sprinting.  After the dog fell out of view, it was surprisingly able to speed match me at 28 mph for a good 4-5 seconds.  Enjoy!  FYI, the clip at the end without music is real time.

The What, Why, How and When of Flexibility

I have to admit that I'm one of the many people who has a love/ hate relationship with flexibility exercise.  It's boring, uncomfortable and feels like it takes years to hold a stretch for one minute.  If I never learned about the benefits that stretching has to offer, I would have never gotten into the habit of forcing myself to dedicate at least 10 minutes a day to stretching.  Hopefully after learning about the benefits of stretching, you will also decide to start forcing yourself to stretch!

Flexibility refers to the maximum range of motion that a joint or combination of joints can move through.  Range of motion can be measured with a goniometer (see picture below).  Although it seems simple to use, this tool requires in depth knowledge of anatomy to pinpoint the axis of rotation within the joint.  Eyeballing the "approximate" center of the joint is just as useful as guessing without a goniometer.  While personal trai…