Normally we wouldn't have reviews of workout programs in here, but I had to make an exception for Cyclo-Core. That's because it is designed by a cyclist, for cyclists. It's not some general workout program you'll see on sale at Amazon.com.
Core training is all the rage these days and for good reason. The core is vital for our everyday movements, from walking and sitting up straight to moving heavy boxes around a room. But core conditioning is especially important for cyclists, as our core supports our body so we can ride longer while holding an aerodynamic position. The core also provides a stable base to push against for hard efforts and hill climbs.
Move over six-pack abs, I'm looking for a strong core! The core consists of your abs, obliques, back, and some other muscles, and having a strong core doesn't mean you'll have a six-pack. But it means you'll ride like the wind, so I'll take a strong core over a six-pack any day!
Pros: Cyclo-Core provides a great, full-body workout. It can be done right at home without expensive equipment, and it can fit into your busy schedule since the workouts are 30 minutes or less.
The best part is how you can follow along while Graeme Street walks you through everything and coaches you on each movement. That makes it enjoyable and relatively safe, especially compared to going to the gym and lifting heavy weights with what you believe to be proper form.
Cons: For the most part, none. The DVD is a bit expensive when compared to other programs, but it's cheaper than hiring a personal trainer, so that evens out.
The Final Word
If you want to do some off-bike workouts to build up your cycling strength, Cyclo-Core is just the ticket.
In the end, the value really comes from Graeme talking you through the workouts. Even a great workout manual with pictures requires you to perform the workout on your own. With Cyclo-Core, on the other hand, you just pop the DVD in and follow along. It's easy to do, even if you're not motivated.