When the weather turns nasty, try focusing your energy on indoor activities instead.
Get Your Yoga On: The ancient Indian discipline has been found to make you stronger and faster on your bike.
Join a Spin Class: When the weather outside is miserable, partake in a properly-taught and executed spin class to get much of the same benefits as you would if you were mountain biking outside.
Partake in Pilates: Pilates both lengthens and strengthens muscles that are shortened while cycling to ensure a more efficient ride once you return to mountain biking.
Tips To Avoid Hypothermia: Recognize the signs of hypothermia and prevent low core temperature on the bike this winter.
With more than 19,000 miles of mountain biking trails, Idaho is on my short list of states to visit. Just recently, it's moved to the very top of that list, thanks to Adventure Cycling Association's new route that takes cyclists through the heart of the Gem State.
It's 518 miles of off-road fun, and offers a 228 mile singletrack option. Oh, and there's more than 50 hot springs alonng the route.
Sign me up!
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CrossFit. Seems like everyone everywhere is doing it these days. Not in the loop? That's OK. We've compiled a handy list of articles all in one place that highlights the strength and conditioning program:
Read on to discover the following articles:
- What is CrossFit: Part 1
- What is CrossFit: Part 2
- 5 Common CrossFit Injuries
- CrossFit: The Study
- Profile: CrossFit Competitor Aaron Hewitt; PA-C - Part 1
- Profile: CrossFit Competitor Aaron Hewitt; PA-C - Part 2
In a recent study conducted by the American Council on Exercise, CrossFit was found to be a time-efficient, high-calorie burning workout. However, the study's lead author notes the findings must be accompanied by a large asterisk.
"People absolutely need to be properly screened before beginning CrossFit," stated John Porcari, Ph.D., head of University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse's Clinical Exercise Physiology program.
In this article, Dr. Porcari and Cedric Bryant, PhD., FACSM, chief science officer for ACE, discuss the study in detail and offer tips to prevent injury.
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In part 2 of this interview with Jason Kart, PT, DPT, the physical therapist and owner of Core Physical Therapy - Chicago talks about the importance of proper rest periods, having a good partner, one-on-one sessions, asking questions and knowing the signs and symptoms of injury.
"Avoid the 'work through it' mentality," advised Dr. Kart. "Many people often write off initial symptoms assuming that they will go away on their own."
He explained that CrossFit provides an opportunity for rapid returns on exercise investment, but at an increased risk. Read Dr. Kart's complete thoughts on CrossFit.
Part 1 of this interview can be found here.
About.com caught up with Jason Kart, PT, DPT, physical therapist and owner of Core Physical Therapy - Chicago, to get to the bottom of CrossFit.
In this article, Dr. Kart reveals the advantages of the strength and conditioning program, why mountain bikers would choose to participate in it and what contributes to CrossFit injuries.
"New, unfamiliar activities can help increase a mountain biker's gains in speed, cardiovascular conditioning and flexibility," said Dr. Kart.
CrossFit is a wildly popular strength and conditioning program that has attracted folks from all walks of life. While the full-body workout helps participants improve cardiovascular endurance among other things, it doesn't come without risk.
D. Levi Harrison, MD, orthopedic surgeon, treats many CrossFit-related injuries each month. He recently revealed to About.com five of the most common ailments he sees.
Find out what they are and how to prevent them in this article.
©Aaron Hewitt, PA-C
CrossFit: You've heard of it. But you may not know too much about it.
That's where we come in.
Before you go injuring yourself doing burpees and double-unders, take a look at the following articles to gain a better understanding of one of the fastest-growing sports in America.
CrossFit: it seems like everyone is partaking in the exercise program these days. What's all the fuss about?
We interviewed Aaron Hewitt, PA-C, CrossFit competitor, to find out for you.
In part 2 of this interview, Hewitt discusses preventing injuries, listening to your body and the benefits to cyclists.
Aaron Hewitt, PA-C is a former Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Minnesota Vikings (NFL). Today, the physician assistant practices at OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine, and is an orthopedic provider for UNC-Charlotte and Myers Park High School.
He started CrossFit four years ago after hitting play for the "millionth time" on the workout videos you see on TV.
"I was bored and looking for something more," he said.
Hewitt found a local affiliated gym, met with the owner and general manager and decided to give it a try.
"After a week I was hooked," he said.
In this article, Hewitt explains the draw of CrossFit to the uninitiated.