How To Make An Energy Drink At Home

Energy drinks or sports drinks can be a super convenient way to simultaneously meet your hydration and carbohydrate needs. However, a lot of commercial sports drinks have artificial ingredients such as chemical dyes and flavorings, making them a tricky option if you’re really trying to be mindful of putting healthy fuel into your body. The … Read more

What Is A Good Heart Rate Variability (HRV) For Cyclists – And Does It Matter?

Heart rate training is one of the more scientific approaches to cycling training, as your heart rate during exercise is strongly correlated with your effort level and intensity based on the percentage of your VO2 max. However, in addition to the utility of monitoring your heart rate during exercise, or even resting heart rate, it … Read more

What Is Bonking In Cycling – And How Do You Avoid It?

It’s happened to most cyclists at one time or another. Your ride is going great, you’re enjoying the miles in the saddle, your legs feel strong, and your heart rate is under control. But within minutes, everything changes. The wheels fall off – metaphorically speaking. Suddenly, every pedal stroke feels ten times harder than the … Read more

Cycling For Weight Loss: Does It Work?

There are many physical and mental health benefits of cycling, from improving aerobic fitness and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease to strengthening the muscles in the legs and boosting mood. Another fantastic benefit is cycling for weight loss. Biking is an efficient form of exercise to burn calories, helping you maintain a healthy weight. … Read more

What Is Polarized Cardio? Polarized Training Plan for Cyclists 

There are numerous approaches to cardio training for cyclists.  Some cyclists focus on doing a lot of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), others tend to stick with moderate-intensity steady-state cardio workouts, and others use heart rate zones to guide heart rate training. Another worthwhile approach is polarized cardio. Polarized cardio splits the focus to the two … Read more

What Is VAM Cycling – And Can It Help Your Climbing?

There are many different metrics you can track as a cyclist, such as your speed, power, and heart rate – to name a few. Monitoring these metrics helps quantify the amount of work you’re doing on the bike, and gives you a window into the intensity of your workouts, your fitness progress, and the effectiveness … Read more

Critical Power: Is It A Better Test Of Cycling Fitness Than FTP?

When it comes to measuring the intensity of your cycling workouts or overall cycling training program, the most reliable metric to look at is your cycling power. Sure, there’s heart rate monitoring, speed, and cadence, but your cycling power measurement is far and away the most reliable and accurate measurement of your intensity or effort. … Read more

What Is A Brick Workout – And Should You Be Doing Them?

If you’re a multisport athlete or a triathlete, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of brick workouts. Brick workouts are a staple in most triathlon training plans, as they stack together cycling and running back to back in one workout. By requiring you to complete a cycling portion and then hop off and move immediately … Read more

Standing Up On A Bike: How (And When) To Ride Out Of The Saddle

Whether you’re a mountain biker or roadie, you’ll split your rides between sitting on the saddle or standing up on a bike. For experienced riders, this is second nature – and you’ll often find yourself changing between riding positions subconsciously.  However, you’ll often notice during a group ride that some of your buddies are sitting … Read more

Cycling Calf Muscles: Does Cycling Work Your Calves?

Cycling is well-known for its aerobic benefits, but it also works out a variety of muscles. Professional cyclists have very toned legs, which is hardly surprising, as your legs are the primary muscle group associated with riding bikes. But is it cycling that gives these elite athletes toned legs? And how does having bigger calves … Read more

How Many Calories Does Cycling Burn? Here’s Our Calories Burned Biking Calculator

It is no secret that cycling is an excellent workout for many reasons. But how many calories does cycling burn? It would be great if we could give you a quick answer for how many calories burned biking, but the answer isn’t so simple. There are more factors than you may think that determine the number … Read more

Tabata Ride: What Is a Tabata Ride, and How Do I Perform One?

If you own a Peloton or other indoor bike, or like to stream indoor cycling workouts from the Peloton app while you pedal your heart out on your road bike hooked up to a smart trainer, there’s a good chance you’ve scrolled past various Tabata Ride classes. If you’ve clicked through and tested your limits … Read more