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3 Powerful Sprint Workouts Every Cyclist Should Include in Their Training

Have you noticed that nobody sprints anymore? It’s a real shame, because throwing just a handful of sprints into your weekly training can give you an edge – even if you don’t compete. My hunch is that sprints gradually disappeared from most amateur athletes’ training programs for three primary reasons. Power meters made it clear…

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5 Bike Fit Tips That’ll Improve Your Comfort and Power

By Jim Lehman – CTS Premier Coach How you position yourself on the bike makes a huge difference in terms of comfort, power, and aerodynamics. While it’s a good idea for all cyclists and triathletes to get a professional bike fit, there are some basic guidelines you can use to troubleshoot problem areas and generally…

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Posted: March 6, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Cycling

The High-Force Climbing Workout You Should Be Doing Right Now

A lot of cyclists are emerging from their basements, garages, and pain caves to put in more outdoor miles as temperatures rise and days get longer in the Northern Hemisphere. This period marks a transition for many cyclists and triathletes from shorter 60-90 minute indoor interval workouts to longer outdoor rides. Athletes who want to…

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How to Avoid Overuse Injuries in 5 Easy Steps

You’ve just registered for an event and you’re two weeks into a serious training program. You’re excited about your workouts and feeling like a superhero. Then one day your knee’s a little sore after a ride. You push through it for the next few days and now it’s hurting when you walk as well as…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Bike Maintenance Skills

By Arleigh Jenkins (@bikeshopgirlcom) I’ve worked in bike shops and the bike industry for a lot of years and I firmly believe that of the most important relationships you’ll ever have in cycling is with your local bike shop, and more specifically, with a mechanic you trust. But out on the road and in between trips…

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Posted: March 1, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Cycling

Truth or Myth: Are Ice Baths and Antioxidants Great for Recovery?

Over the past two weeks I have used this blog to discuss myths related to post-exercise recovery, including endurance athletes’ over-emphasis on protein supplementation and whether or not elevating your legs will enhance recovery. This week we’re going to talk about two more recovery methods: ice baths and antioxidants. Do Ice Baths Work? For many…

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11 Surprising Mistakes Cyclists Make When Getting Back in Shape

We asked CTS Coaches to share some of the common mistakes they see athletes make early in the season when enthusiasm is high and athletes are motivated for the season ahead. Our coaches came up with 11 mistakes they see pop up year after year that disrupt athletes’ training, and they offered these easy solutions to…

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Posted: February 24, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

13 Easy Wake Up Tips For Early Morning Workouts

By Cory Bruno Waking up for an early morning workout before work can be difficult, and during winter when the mornings can be bitterly cold it can feel like an impossible task. But for some athletes, the early morning is a golden opportunity to work out so you can maintain greater training consistency and stop…

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Posted: February 22, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Truth or Myth: You Should Elevate Your Legs for Post-Workout Recovery

Last weekend’s article on the top 3 myths about post-workout protein and recovery started a lot of discussions between our athletes and their coaches. Those conversations revealed even more myths that people still believe about post-workout recovery. This week let’s look at the age-old idea of elevating your legs after workouts. Truth or Myth: You…

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Posted: February 19, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

3 Ways to Maximize Your Workouts With Limited Training Time

By CTS Coaches Adam Pulford with Jim Rutberg With all your commitments, work, family, and unexpected problems that arise how can you get the most out of your limited training time on the bike? Whether you are the recreational cyclist with a busy life schedule or the racer who wants to hone in on the specifics…

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