aerobic endurance

Best Cycling Workouts for Building Aerobic Endurance

  By Chris Carmichael, CTS Founder and Chief Endurance Officer “What’s the best cycling workout I can do?” That’s a question I get all the time, and it’s not easy to answer. If you’ve been training for an appreciable amount of time, you realize there is no single best workout, but rather, it’s best to …

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Creatine for Aging Cyclists: How it works and how to take it

    By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Creatine supplementation is a safe, effective, and wise choice for aging cyclists looking to improve performance and build or retain muscle mass and strength. Although many people associate creatine with strength and power athletes, it can also be beneficial for endurance athletes. Aging …

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5 Ways to Gauge Your Training Readiness

  By Chris Carmichael CTS Founder and Chief Endurance Officer Recovery tracking is important for endurance athletes – and big business for app and device makers. There’s been an influx of new technologies that provide coaches and athletes with an unprecedented amount of data. Some of the data is useful and some of it is …

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ERG Mode for Indoor Cycling: When to use it and when to turn it off

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “Ride Inside” and “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” For cyclists using smart trainers and internet-enabled cycling apps, one of a smart trainer’s core capabilities is to externally control and adjust the resistance a cyclist experiences. Of the multiple ways this can be applied, ERG Mode is one of the …

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Winter Cycling: Training Outdoors Effectively, Safely, and Comfortably

  By Jim Rutberg, Coach and co-author of “Ride Inside” and “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Although I co-authored a training book for indoor cycling, being outdoors is one of the most appealing aspects of cycling for me. Winter cycling takes a bit more planning and thought compared to throwing on a pair of bibs and a jersey …

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Cyclist Guide to Staying Strong and Fit Through Holiday Season

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” December presents many training and nutrition challenges for athletes, but with some planning you can hit January strong, fit, and ready to ramp up your performance. You don’t have to live like a monk for the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. We …

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How Quickly Do Athletes Adapt to Training?

    By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “Ride Inside“, “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, and “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” When it comes to training, time can be your nemesis or your greatest ally. Goal-oriented people want to see results quickly and they spend billions of dollars on supplements and get-fit-quick or lose-weight-quick schemes. But meaningful …

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Thanksgiving Challenge and Training Tips for Cyclists

  By Chris Carmichael CTS Founder and Chief Endurance Officer Depending on your work and family schedule, you might have a few days off during Thanksgiving Week, or you might be fortunate enough to take the whole week off. Maybe you’ll be one of the millions braving the airports and highways, or perhaps the party …

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Shifting Goals: How This Coach Reinvigorated His Training

  By Jason Siegle, CTS Senior Coach Cycling can be a lifelong sport because an athlete’s goals and level of participation can change over time. I spent years dedicated to high-level racing, but my passion for competition has waned in recent seasons. At the end of August, I was in a weird place with my …

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Getting Started Strength Training Workout for Cyclists

  By Chris Carmichael, CTS Founder and Chief Endurance Officer Special thanks to CTS Coach Sarah Scozzaro for her assistance with exercises and demo videos.   In the past I’ve talked about why cyclists – especially aging cyclists – need to incorporate strength training, and discussed some of the principles endurance athletes should keep in …