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5 Tips for Getting Started With Treadmill Training This Winter

The short and cold days of winter are here, and so are indoor training days. Yes, there are those who will tell you to just “harden up” and get out there in any kind of weather, or those who say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only weak minds and poor equipment.” More power…

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Posted: December 15, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

5 Tips for Being a Successful Athlete in a 24/7 World

We live in a 24/7 world with constant demands on our time and pressure to do more and more. The nature of social media and the ever-present smartphone feeds this pressure, whether it’s work emails coming in at 9:30pm or social media updates exalting everyone’s latest achievements. Athletes face the same career, family, and social…

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Will Strength Training Weigh Down a Cyclist or Triathlete?

Whenever you suggest weight training to a cyclist or triathlete, one of the athlete’s first concerns is whether putting on additional muscle mass will hurt their sport-specific performance. Will more muscle make you slower by increasing you total bodyweight, or make you faster by increasing your strength and resilience? There are a few ways to…

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Stop Holiday Parties From Wrecking Your Fitness and Exploding Your Waistline

As the Arctic Blast thoroughly chills a large portion of the nation, you might need some added motivation to stick with your training. What if I told you that you can wake up on January 1st without the spare tire you normally strap on during the Holidays? It’s much harder to lose weight than it is…

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Getting Started Strength Training Workout for Endurance Athletes

  In the past few blog posts I’ve talked about why endurance athletes – especially aging endurance athletes – need to incorporate strength training, and discussed some of the principles endurance athletes should keep in mind. Finally, it’s time to talk about how to get started! Based on the comments sections, some of you are…

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4 Things Cyclists Need to Do in December To Be Fit in January

January is traditionally when endurance athletes in the Northern Hemisphere dig in and recommit themselves to goal-oriented training. The months of November and December are often less structured, even for time-crunched athletes who rely more heavily on shorter, higher-intensity workouts to maintain and improve fitness. It’s a smart idea to think of the next three…

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Why Every Workout Counts Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s

This is the time of year that defines an athlete. Anyone can get excited about going for a ride on a sunny, 75-degree day in the spring or summer. It takes quite a bit more dedication to bundle up and head out the door on a cold morning in November/December/January. And when the weather keeps…

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How to Choose Between Hub-, Pedal-, and Crank-Based Cycling Power Meters

By Pro Coach Jim Rutberg Article originally featured on powertap.com If you’re on PowerTap’s website you are probably already interested in training with power, so I’m not going to spend your time telling you about all the ways a power meter can make your training more effective, time-efficient, and fun. Instead, let’s take a look…

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Posted: November 21, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

5 Things Cyclists Don’t Understand About Strength Training

In a recent blog post I made the case for why endurance athletes, particularly cyclists, should incorporate strength training into an active lifestyle. I got a lot of great feedback from readers, and a common theme I took from those comments and emails was that endurance athletes have very disparate ideas about what is required…

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Posted: November 18, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

The Key to Staying Lean Through Fat Season

  Welcome to Fat Season! Halloween was a few weeks ago, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then it’s party time through New Year’s! Let’s face it; this stretch of time is a minefield of dietary indiscretions. It’s hard to avoid packing on an extra few pounds with everyone shoving high-sugar, high-fat foods (and alcohol)…

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