Fitness Tip of the Day: Supplement Cycling

Endurance isn't all about time on the bike

Looking to build up your endurance tolerance in cycling? Then focus on squats, back extensions, and push-ups as supplemental exercises. Squats are very effective for cyclists because they involve many of the same muscles you use in cycling, including glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves, back extensors and core muscles. Back extensions are vital for muscle balance, and stabilizing the trunk and will help you strengthen key muscles of the lower back, hamstrings and glutes that are used in climbing. Push-ups incorporate the muscles of the chest, front of shoulder, triceps and core muscles and will help your avoid fatigue, especially when climbing hills on the bike.

Ann Marie Miller is a USA Cycling Level 3 Licensed Coach with more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. She recently won the 2012 UCI World Masters' Champion for the Time Trial and Road Race for her age group.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.