Fitness Tip of the Day: Cyclists, Stop Crunches

Why the standard ab workout won't cut it when you're on the bike

“The main mistake I see cyclists make is to do tons of crunches in order to gain core strength. This only exacerbates the problem of poor posture that all cyclists suffer from (think of how hunched over you have to be on the bike!) because crunches teach the body to pull the chest and the pelvis closer together. Furthermore, crunches don’t really develop functional strength because they are performed while lying on the ground – the body doesn’t have to learn how to stabilize itself because the floor provides the stabilization. If you want to gain real core strength that can truly improve your cycling, get off the floor!”

—Allison Westfahl is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer who has also helped choreograph a number of fitness DVDs. She recently co-authored Core Advantage with pro-cyclist Tom Danielson. Learn more at

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.

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