Core Strength: Chris Carmichael's Top 10 Exercises

5 years ago
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As a 52-year-old lifelong cyclist and coach, Chris Carmichael gets a lot of questions about what he does for core strength work. Chris's view is that greater core strength or stability doesn't directly make you faster or more powerful on the bike, but that it is an important component of living an athlete's lifestyle and it helps prevent discomfort and injuries that could otherwise take you out of the game. Here are the top 10 exercises Chris uses and recommends for cyclists - especially 40+ year old cyclists. Complete all 10 exercises 2-3 times per training session, and incorporate this core strength workout into your training 2-3 times a week when you're not riding as much (i.e. winter), 1-2 times per week when your on-bike training load is higher. For more visit

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