Something I ponder when writing programme for clients is how this will benefit their riding.
I think that it’s possible to become very fit and it not improve your riding that much. Once you’ve reached a basic level of fitness and stability I think you need more than just more fitness.
It’s not just as simple as building the muscles. You’ve got to know how to connect to them and how you want them to work when you’re riding.
If you’re exercising mindfully and really focusing on the muscles as you work them you’re a step ahead; but I also think it’s important to understand what role those muscles play in your riding position.
I often explain to my clients why we’re working the obliques or the rotator cuff for example- and if I don’t they can definitely ask and I will have an answer!
So, if you don’t already really connect with all of your muscles as you’re working them, check in on how different parts of your body operates singularly and together. Then ask yourself- or your trainer if you have one how the work you do translates to your riding and I’m sure you’ll start to see those little annoying riding habits tidy themselves up!