“Shut up, legs” is an important tip from former pro and master of the pithy soundbite Jens Voigt that almost any roadie can use at one time or another.
Reflecting on his career, Voigt had more words of wisdom:
“I’d also say that I would have pushed myself harder to do more core muscle training and stretching — I did next to none of that.
“I’m lucky that my body’s built for cycling; I’m pretty strong — I wouldn’t say indestructible — but I think I could have got more results or performance out of myself.
“Bobby Julich was really good at this; I would just sit there reading a book or playing my Gameboy while he was on a sit-ball doing his core exercises.
“Nobody cared about or even knew what core muscles were when I was starting out. But if you don’t stretch and work on this, then you definitely put yourself at a disadvantage.”
Coach John Hughes is working on his next eArticle right now that will feature tips from Voigt and other pros to help you become a stronger rider! Coach Hughes’ new article will feature over 20 useful tips from the pros and show you how to use them to help your riding, and your longevity. Look for it within the next few weeks.
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