Friday, September 01, 2006

True or false

Ever notice how the shoulders and upper body starts to rock on some riders, when they start fatiguing during a time trial?

Well, could this be caused by poor / weak core strength? With a strong, stabilizing core - it gives the lower body a stable and rigid force to push against. Even after fatigue. True or false?


Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

Both; a weak core will definitely lead to more rocking- in my experience. Also, fatigue leads to rocking around on the saddle as you use too much body to pull on the bars. When you are fresh and you have great core strength, you look super smooth. At least that's one man's opinion...

Blogger mags said...

Well, the rocking after fatigue is caused by a weak core. In other words - a strong core would prevent rocking even after fatigue, or?

Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

I've seen riders with great core strength still rock when fatigued- poor mechanics seem to settle in when the body and mind are both tired. Some riders with weak core strength never rock because they have great form and pedal strokes.

Essentially, no cut and dried simple answer.

Blogger mags said...


I've seen those riders as well. My theory is that their core strength isn't all that good afterall. Many riders train the wrong type of core strength.



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