Fitness Cycling

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Human Kinetics, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 216 pages
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From customized workouts to authoritative advice, Fitness Cycling provides the most effective workouts for achieving peak physical conditioning. As a cyclist and physician for one of the sport's leading teams, author Shannon Sovndal provides a detailed approach to cycling that will help you increase strength, speed, stamina, and overall fitness.

Fitness Cycling features 56 workouts based on specific aspects of riding, such as base building, interval training, sprint and hill climbing, and time trialing. Each workout is color coded for intensity level, so you can create a targeted program based on your goal, current fitness level, and cycling experience.

With recommendations, advice, and professional insights on riding techniques, goal setting, training concepts, recovery, and preventing common cycling injuries, Fitness Cycling is the one training guide you'll turn to again and again for a lifetime of cycling workouts.


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User Review  - ZechariahStover - LibraryThing

Definitely an intermediate/advanced book but builds from the basics so it is fine for beginners. Brief sections on goal setting, hydration & nutrition. Plenty of diagrams, charts and pictures to help ... Read full review

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User Review  - TonyaJ - LibraryThing

This will have to suffice for my review for a bit. I received the book a few months ago and had planned to start a bicycling regime. Well, life did not follow my plan but I still want to get into ... Read full review


Understanding Training Concepts
Measuring Cycling Fitness
Understanding Training Workload and Zones
Planning Your Program
BaseBuilding Workouts
Interval Workouts for Flat or Varied Terrain
Hill Workouts
Time Trial Workouts
OffSeason Workouts
Equipping Yourself
Refining Bike Fit and Riding Techniques
Dealing With Common Cycling Problems
Personal Training Zones
Training Logs
About the Author

Sprint Workouts
Stationary Bike Workouts

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About the author (2013)

Shannon Sovndal, MD, FACEP, 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. He is the director of trauma special operations development at

Denver Health Medical Center and medical director at North Colorado Med Evac. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Boulder Community Hospital.

From 2007 to 2013, Sovndal was a team physician for the Garmin-Slipstream professional cycling team. He worked as a physician at the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Colorado from 2004 to 2012. 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 the author of Fitness Cycling (Human Kinetics, 2013). He has written numerous sport-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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