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5 Exercises to Build a Better Body for Cycling

Perform these favorite gym moves from world-class pro cyclists to jump start your season and get in kickass cycling shape.

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Cyclist Says: “My weakest point is my back because I broke it two years ago when I crashed in a human-powered plane from 50 feet up,” says climber Nariyuki Masuda, who just joined his first European team from UCI's Asia Tour.

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Masuda's deadlift: Bend at your hips and knees and grab the bar (Masuda uses a 20 kg, or 44-pounder) using an overhand grip. Slightly arch your lower back while keeping your arms straight. Without allowing your lower back to round, stand up very slowly with the bar. Hold for a second, then lower the bar, again slowly (using a controlled motion), to the floor. Do three sets of 20.

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