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Have you just started a new exercise program? Or you’re not getting satisfactory results with the routine you’re currently following? If yes, you need to consider hiring a personal trainer.
Some people think that having a personal trainer is simply an unnecessary expense. But the truth is that we are not born with all the knowledge and skills. You can learn and acquires some skills with practice and repetition. On the other hand, some techniques need the input of someone with the right experience. The same goes for gym-goers, sportspersons, or athletes, and this includes cycling.
Why people work or train with personal trainers?
It’s simple: people hire personal trainers to achieve their goals faster and efficiently. Whether you want to stay fit and in shape or reduce your weight, if you’re being involved in this exercise program, a personal trainer can motivate you. Moreover, he or she can train you, and guide you towards your target.
If you’re still hesitant about finding a personal trainer, consider the following factors.
You’re not happy with the result.
Everyone sets a goal before they take up any sort of exercise program. If you have already been exercising regularly, but you don’t see good results, you may be missing out on something.
You’re tired of repeating the same exercise every day.
This happens to a lot of people who are new. They don’t have much idea about the right exercise or which muscle group to target, and so on. As a result, they tend to repeat the same work out repeatedly. This can easily make you feel bored, and you may even be tempted to give up.
To achieve weight loss or strengthen the muscles, you need a variety of workouts. A professional can show you a lot of things. A personal trainer also helps you choose the right equipment and different exercises that will suit your needs.
You’ve injured yourself in the process.
A good number of people overdo their exercise and injure themselves when they’re starting. If you’re one of those, you need not repeat the same mistake. A good trainer will encourage you and boost you need to complete your daily routine.
You can’t follow the routine diligently.
If you’re training on your own, you may find excuses to skip exercise. You might forget about it altogether on some days. But if you’re with a pro, you’ll have someone to remind you, motivate, and challenge you. Also, hiring a trainer means you’ll have to commit to yourself, your goal, and the trainer too. Your trainer won’t let you down, so you’ll have to return the favour by achieving your goal.
There are compelling reasons why hiring a personal trainer can help you improve your cycling. It includes improving your cycling skills and achieving your health goals. The best part is that you learn the right cycling skills from your trainer within a couple of months. This means you can go cycling with full confidence anytime you want.
Have you ever come across cyclists, a bunch of them, cycling through the streets, with a lot of gears, goggles and helmet on them? Have you ever dreamt of becoming a pro cyclist like them? Well, if you’re answer is yes, then we are here to tell you that it is not an easy task. Your first cycling race on the road will be much of a daunting experience, but once you have everything in place, you’ll get accustomed to it. But before that, you need to keep in mind a few tips that are going to stick by you during your first cycle race.
Have a healthy breakfast
Usually, every race festival will offer a light breakfast – which mostly includes fruit, a drink and some carbs. Eat just that. Do not have a healthy breakfast at home and load on the freebies as well. Stick with the food that works for you and if possible, do a trial run on your training days.
Know the rules thoroughly.=
The rules for most races depend on the type of race you’re signing up for. For instance, off-road racing will have restriction on the tyre size and helmets are mandatory in almost all races. Make sure you know the rules so that you can prepare your bike as well as yourself for the big day.
Riding in groups
It is smart to always ride in groups. Some are slow, and some are fast. Choose the group whose pace matches yours and ride alongside them. This will save your energy by 40% and also entertain you throughout the journey.
Since it’s your first race, you have no idea about how it’s going to be until the finish line. Hence, start slow and take 20-second breaks if you need to. Never get in the momentum of starting the race with a higher speed to get ahead of everyone else. Although it might be successful in the beginning, you’ll get tired quickly and eventually give up.
Check on your bike
It is especially important to check on it, the night before your race. Make sure the chains are cleaned, the worn-out parts are replaced, and the saddle matches your height, and the breaks are comfortable.
Get to the race early
Once you get to the destination where the race begins, there are a lot of things you need to take care of – like pinning the race number, support vehicles, filled water bottles and the route. So, it is better to get to the sport early than rushing the last minute. Also, save a spot for yourself behind the finish line, 10 minutes before the race begins. In case, the announcer has some important things to announce.
This is just your first race, so do not have high hopes on winning or even finish in the first line. Your main aim should be to learn and experience the entire situation. Hopefully, the experience will let you take home a win one day.
Bikefest is an international week for all the bike lovers and bike enthusiasts who travel all over the world to witness these bike festivals. Bikers, aspiring bikers and even non-bikers visit these festivals along with their family and friends. During this time of the year, you can see numerous brands of bikes, located all over the place, with some good food and music. Bike festivals are not just limited to one country. They take places on different dates around the globe. Let’s discuss some of the popular bike fests(Must Watch) around the world.
BikeFest 2016 in Birmingham
2016 was the second year Birmingham hosted their BikeFest, which was a huge success. This cycling festival included 2km bike rides with your family and a popup street velodrome. It was a free event that took place in Victoria Square from 9 am to 4 pm and attracted tourists all over the world. It was the first closed road bike ride, with family, which was sponsored by HSBC.
Bikefest in the Midwest
Bikefest in the Midwest is not about cycling or bicycles, but actually about professional bikers and biker tourists. It takes place around the Lake of the Ozarks, where thousands of bikers from all over the world, roar their motorcycles on the streets. It is usually held as a four-day event, and over 35,000 professional bikers take part in the event. The festival is decorated by live food counters, drinks, vendor villages, giveaways, and two bikes as an announcement of the prize. The atmosphere is surrounded by beautiful hills in the background and over 200 bars and restaurants, serving every hungry soul, throughout the year. The event takes place late summer or early autumn, which is the best-suited weather for riding across the lakes and hills. While the bikers are indulged in their riding activity, visitors can enjoy the view, food and the weather.
Ireland BikeFest Killarney
2020 is the 141st year for Ireland BikeFest Killarney, and is a famous international bike festival that attracts lakhs of tourists every single year. The event is often held across Ireland’s June Bank every year and is a three-day event with extravagance ambience and music that keeps the crowd entertained. The event is coupled with three live music stages and concerts that take place throughout the day and sometimes extended to the nights. The winner of the event wins a Harley Davidson and from the festival’s chosen charity Muscular Dystrophy.
Indian Bike Week, Goa
The Indian Bike Week (IBW) takes place every year, and the tradition has been followed since four years now, and November 2020 is supposed to be the fifth year for the ritual. It usually takes place in Goa and is organized by the 70 Event Media Group. It is a two-day event that is graced by the presence of some of the most professional and famous bikers from around the world. Beach-side view and the two-day event is a set for sore the sore eyes and an activity that can be enjoyed with family as well as friends.
Bicycle riding skills are not sufficient to become a successful mountain biker. Whether you want to cycle across the terrain like a pro-cyclist, earn the name and fame, expertise in uphill off-roading or do it as a fun activity, there is some discipline that needs to be followed. There is no bargain on the fitness and stamina, but predominantly there are other factors as well, that is important to improve your mountain biking skills:
Maintain your bike
You need not spend thousands of bucks on the service. It will take a couple of minutes to check or worn out parts, old screws, and other parts of the bike that can be problematic on the trail. Look out for such parts and get them repaired before you hit the mountains. Also, make sure the bike is suitable for you – the tires, seat height, etc. also play an important rule. If you’re comfortable with your bike, then you’ll be confident on the trail.
Choosing the right group is crucial for bike riding. This is because seasoned bikers and professional mountain bikers have techniques that can make the journey all the more comfortable and fun. You can learn how to position your body during uphill or downhill etc. and make more tips.
Always fix your target of where you want to go. By this, we mean the path you want to take, to reach your destination. Mountain biking is accompanied with bumpy rides, rocks, trees etc. if you’re going to avoid such routes, fix your eyes on the path, and move forward.
The rotation of your cranks is equally essential. Some might pedal in jerks or square motions that can cause nothing but distress and increased effort. Practising spins is an excellent way to maintain your momentum.
Since we’re talking about mountain biking, you’ll often come across times when you have to ride a steep downhill or a rocky uphill. Both are equally difficult. However, you shouldn’t lose courage in such situations and ride out of your comfort zone.
Comfort out of the saddle
You’re not always on the saddle when you’re mountain biking. Sometimes you’ll have to shift your bodyweight to the handlebars or the pedals. Sometimes you’ll even have to lift your bike across rocks and climbs. So, you’ve to be prepared for all kinds of situations.
Strong legs are not sufficient, especially for mountain biking. You’ll need the strength and stamina to survive for long hours in the air. Hence, a good strength training routine and fit core can take you a long way and help you survive in the mountains.
Hit the brakes wherever necessary. It is always recommended to use the back brakes, but sometimes feathering the front brakes also helps in getting through the steep slopes.
Choose a clean path
Although mountain biking is an adventure in itself, choosing a clear path is much better than selecting a tough one. Sustainability is the key. Choose the ones that are easy to tread and sustain.
Relax and enjoy
It is always better to let loose and relax, only then you can swing through the obstacles and rocks easily.