Upper Body work

This is a Cycling pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 15765)

We are fortunate enough to have full equipment in our cycling room including matts, steps, and medicine balls. In order to get some upper body toning in while still keeping the heart rate up and legs moving, I hand out medicine balls (6-10 pounds) to my participants. We do bicep curls, tricep extensions, oblique twists, bench press (push ball straight out from shoulders) and any other movement you can do with a ball to work the upper body while still pedaling at a medium tension. This gives a great total body work out.

To add some resistance to a regular cycling class, have them stand while holding the medicine ball in one hand, or sit and work on balance and tight core muscles. I also use the idea of getting off the bike to do push-ups and tricep dips. My class loves the extra strength training and it makes the time go really fast!



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From: Iowa (USA)
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