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Here are some reasons you should work your upper body:

• To avoid sore triceps and shoulders from leaning on the handlebars for long periods.

• To maintain strength in the pulling muscles used when sprinting or climbing, where cyclists pull harder on the handlebars.

• To develop core strength. Core muscles provide the foundation for efficient power transfer from the legs to the pedals and help stabilise the trunk while pedaling.

• To improve overall body control and stability on the bike. A strong upper body allows better handling, especially when riding over rough terrain, lifting the front wheel, or guiding a time trial bike.

While leg strength is crucial for cyclists, neglecting upper body strength can lead to muscle imbalances, poor posture, and difficulty controlling the bike.

Check out this mini upper body workout and try adding this into your training three times a week.

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