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Cycling Anatomy (Sports Anatomy) Paperback – May 4, 2009
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"Cycling Anatomy answers the basic and complex questions and gives you an array of options for improving your training both on and off the bike."
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About the Author
Shannon Sovndal, MD, is the owner and founder of Thrive Health and Fitness Medicine (Thrive HFM), an elite team of physicians, exercise physiologists, and athletes who provide clients with the highest level of personalized health care, life management, and fitness training. Most recently, he serves as a team physician for the Garmin-Slipstream professional cycling team. He also works as a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado and as a physician at the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Colorado. Before becoming a physician, Sovndal raced road bikes in the United States, winning the California/Nevada District Championship and many other road races and criteriums.
Sovndal is a coauthor of Fitness Cycling and has written numerous sports-related articles and lectured on exercise-related topics. He attended medical school at Columbia University in New York, completed his residency at Stanford University in California, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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The one area that could possibly be improved on is that it does not have a section that really gives you a workout program and the author calls this out in the first chapter and that the goal of the book is to help show you proper exercises and how to do them. This is good, but I find that, for beginners it might be helpful to have a small section showing how to use all these exercises in a routine to get maximum benefit. It is important to note that I said "for beginners" in that last sentence since this book is really for more advanced cyclists and as such the missing prescribed workouts section is not something I really miss that much. Personally I am looking at using these in a hybrid/modified version of the P-90X program combined with the The Cyclist's Training Bible
Buy this if you are a cyclist looking on taking your training up a notch. Particularly if you are looking to add exercises you can do in a gym, off the road, out of the dark in a season like the winter.
Don't buy this if you are a beginner looking for a book to help you get started in cycling or to get started on training a bit more seriously since this book is aimed at more serious cyclists.
The one thing I wish they had done was to write, in layman's terms, the names of each muscle group. This would make it easier for me to talk about each group of muscles to others. The terms they use are for professionals, and they are sometimes hard to pronounce. Otherwise, the pictures do the trick for showing one what muscle or muscle groups one is working.
I'm very pleased with my purchase, and highly recommend buying this book if you want to strengthen you muscles for riding.
Now for the criticism. This book is incomplete. There is absolutely no discussion about how to combine these exercises into a workable program. Which exercises should I choose? How many times a week should I work out? How many reps, sets of each exercise should be done. How should I modify the program over time? None of these topics is covered at all. You are left with a long list of possibilities and absolutely no guidance on how to combine them. The author mentions in early in chapter one that the discussion of constructing specific workout routines is "beyond the scope of this book". Well it shouldn't be. In fact in my opinion at least half of the book should be devoted to this topic with several example routines included.
Also while the presentation is quite clear, if you have ever lifted weights before there is very little in the way of new or unique exercises here. If you pick up any book on general fitness weight training you will see a very similar list of exercises. The idea that this book contains cycle specific training is a bit of a stretch. For example I am sure I use my biceps while riding but listing curls as a "cycle specific" exercise seems a bit much. Really this book is just a collection of exercises that (when combined somehow.....) give you a general conditioning program.
Include material on workout design and implementation and you have a 5 star book. Without it you are left with something that presents little new information beyond what you could find doing a couple of Google searches.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is sectioned off into regions of the body. Each page shows an isolated muscle exercise with an illustration of the activated muscle. It was like being in anatomy class again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kimberly Graff
Loved correlating some of my nagging aches to the anatomic root causes. Simple yet well defined.Published 5 months ago by Rob P
Maybe it's a book for top professional sportsman. I found it boring, but that could be because I just ride for touring.Published 7 months ago by Police
great exercises. Took to a personal trainer and he picked one's best for me.Published 8 months ago by omar saleem
Clear explanations for attaining core stability. My goal is core stability for efficiency, balance, power, etc. Read morePublished 15 months ago by susan bolger
Not a book to just skip through but to read thoughtfully if you want to gain anything out of it. I still have not read the whole book but find the parts I read to be quite... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Aruna Beligammana