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Posted: April 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Cycling: Cycling anatomy depicted in new book - Illustrations show how body powers the pedals

Windsor, ON -- Cyclists may soon improve performance and avoid injury when they see exactly how proper technique and training impacts their muscles. In the upcoming Cycling Anatomy, (Human Kinetics, May 2009) physician and former competitive cyclist Shannon Sovndal, MD, uses full-color anatomical illustrations to show how specific exercises link to cycling performance.

Sovndal organizes illustrations and advice according to muscle groups--and includes the entire body, not just the legs. "To reach peak performance, all systems must operate as a single coordinated unit," he says. "Your legs, hips, and buttocks do generate the majority of your cycling power, but to stabilize the lower half of your body, you need to have a strong abdomen, back, and upper body." A lack of training in any one particular area of the body can put the whole system out of alignment, resulting in decreased performance and possible injury.

In addition to anatomical images and descriptions, Sovndal also includes training tips. For example, he suggests that cyclists mimic their cycling position when performing weight training exercises. He says of calf raises, "Position your feet the same way your cycling shoes interact with the pedals. This will help focus the gains you achieve so that they can be directly applied when you are on the bike."

He also suggests using visualization while lifting in the gym and includes a "cycling focus" section for each exercise in the book that shows how the action relates to a rider's position on the bike. "You can enhance your workout by thinking about the ways the exercise relates to riding," Sovndal suggests. "For example, when performing a squat, think of sprinting on your bicycle. If you can feel or visualize applicable cycling positions and situations, your training will only be enhanced."

Cycling Anatomy features 74 cycling-specific exercises with step-by-step descriptions and illustrations that are anatomically organized into muscle groups. For more information on Cycling Anatomy or other books in the anatomy series, visit or call 1-800-465.7301.

ABOUT THE BOOK                                          
 Cycling Anatomy
 Shannon Sovndal 
 Available May 2009 · Paperback · 200 pp
 ISBN 978-0-7360-7587-9 · $25.95 

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 served as a team physician for the Garmin/Chipotle 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 Center for Clinical Research 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.

Chapter 1. The Cyclist in Motion
Chapter 2. Arms
Chapter 3. Neck and Shoulders
Chapter 4. Chest
Chapter 5. Back
Chapter 6. Abdomen
Chapter 7. Legs: Muscle Isolation
Chapter 8. Legs: Complete Power
Chapter 9. Whole-Body Training for Cycling

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