Large defined quads and sharply cut calfs help define the cycling physique. If you are a keen cyclist you are probably very familiar with starting every ride strong. As the ride progresses and you clock the miles your hips begin to rock in the saddle, the lower back aches, and you may become slower in the corners. Your core even begins to tire before your legs wear out. cyclist's legs are the power house to this sport, but the abs and lower back are the crucial foundation from which all movement, including the pedal stroke, comes from.

"You can have all the leg strength in the world, but without a stable core you won't be able to use it efficiently," A good comparison with cars is a Ferrari engine with a fiat chasis!

A strong solid core will help maintain minimum upper-body movement, so that all the energy you produce is channelled into a smooth pedal stroke.

The cycling's tripod position allows the saddle, pedals and handlebar to support your weight. This position relies on your core strength. To develop your core and give you a higher performance in your rides you only need to complete about a 10 minute abdominal routine concentrating on the transverse abdominals, the innermost abdominal muscle, this acts as a stabilizing girdle around your torso, and also on your lower back, oblique’s, glutes, hamstrings and hip flexors - your entire core. By working this area your whole body will work as a unit, making you ride, stronger and faster!