Cycling Plus - - PERFECT BODY -

Perfection… A cy­clist’s legs are their call­ing card. If they could, mem­bers of the pelo­ton would have a photo of their pins on their pass­port – just to show them off. Com­pletely with­out fat, a cy­clists’ legs are like Mec­cano with mus­cle – built to ride, filled with power and best viewed smooth.

Re­al­ity… If fat adds flavour, the av­er­age cy­clist’s leg would be de­li­cious come a zom­bie apoc­a­lypse. Yes, we all hope our – freshly-shaved – pins look like they be­long to a Chris – Froome (with his fash­ion­ista limbs) or Hoy (with his Her­culean thighs). In re­al­ity, we of­ten look like a pair of blotchy sausages squeezed into bib shorts.

Ex­pert Ad­vice

Re­mem­berthe­ham­strings: Ivan ex­plains prob­lems L come with too much fo­cus on the pri­mary cy­cling mus­cles, the quads, at the ex­pense of the ham­strings: “Weak ham­strings can lead to in­jury.” He rec­om­mends leg curls and stiff leg dead­lifts to build up the ham­strings, per­fect your legs and avoid in­jury in the sad­dle.

For the dead­lifts make sure your knees are slightly bent but re­main sta­tion­ary and inch your hips open a lit­tle. Keep your lower back straight – from your tail­bone to your neck should be a straight line. Lean for­wards a lit­tle then dead­lift. Per­fect form is es­sen­tial with this ex­er­cise.

Achieve­fat­loss: Peter be­lieves the quick­est way to get ‘The Look’ for your legs is via fat loss. “Your legs will ap­pear like they’ve got mus­cle and def­i­ni­tion.” Yet he’s clear weight loss alone is sim­ply fak­ing it. “You’ll not nec­es­sar­ily have the abil­ity on a bike, but you’ll look like you have.”

Noth­ing­beatscy­cling: Martin pro­motes cy­cling it­self as the best way of achiev­ing leg perfection: “The very mo­tion of cy­cling is go­ing to tone up your legs. Take it easy ini­tially, build over time and the legs will take care of them­selves.”

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