Fitness Tip of the Day: Pedal Properly

Good technique can help your power

"When cycling, paying attention to proper pedaling technique can influence your performance and comfort tremendously. First, hold your foot in a neutral 90-100 degrees of flexion throughout your pedal stroke. (Think about balancing a bean bag on top of your toes while pedaling.) Second, activate your leg muscles through the “dead spots” of your pedal stroke—kick your foot forward at the very top (12 o’clock) and imagine scraping the ground at the bottom of the stroke (6 o’clock). This will help you increase the speed of the crank through these dead spots and help prolong or start power production."

—Chad Butts, MS, is a USA cycling certified coach, triathlete, and Category 1 cycist with more than 13 years experience coaching, testing, and consulting as a Health and Fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.