‘Harp’-on your bike
As the 2009 Tour de France rapidly approaches, wannabe cyclists up and down the country will be donning their helmets and lycra shorts and hitting the roads. If you aspire to be the next Lance Armstrong but don’t have the cycling know-how, Harpers Fitness has some great advice that will help you set off in the right direction.
Cycling is a great way of keeping fit but before you have visions of riding up the Champs Elysees your first port of call should be your local Harpers Fitness centre.
Harpers Fitness has developed a six week cycling plan that is certain to whip all aspiring yellow jersey winners into shape. The programme is designed to provide the strength and cardiovascular requirements that are needed in order to enjoy the pleasures of a long cycle ride. The programme will also provide great cycling tips and advice along the way.
David Coulthard, Harpers Fitness regional health and fitness manager said, “Cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit and there are some easy tips for people to get the most out of riding their bikes.”
“It‘s always important to get the saddle at the right height so you can remain comfortable and safe whilst you ride your bike. A good way to check is to see if your legs are very slightly bent. If they are then the saddle is at the right height.”
“When you’re cycling, your upper body must keep completely still and your knees shouldn’t be sticking out. It is also important that your legs push and pull at the same time. Some cyclists just push down which means that they are only using 50% of the potential power they could be applying.”
“Another useful tip is to wear comfortable clothing to avoid getting a sore bum. Good cycling shorts with extra padding will do the job nicely.”
For information on your local Harpers Fitness gym please visit www.harpersfitness.co.uk where customers can download the latest cycling fitness programme.