Bike Fit with Physical Therapist
PHASE IV ERGO POWER™ – Bike Positioning and Fit as well as a Pedal Stroke Analysis with Robert Forster, PT A correct bicycle fit is vital to injury free peak performance. Having a Physical Therapist with 35 years of experience in sports medicine and training guarantees your fit is dialed in for performance, comfort and injury prevention. Through the measurement of joint angles and assessment of your biomechanics while in motion, Robert will detect faulty cycling mechanics, imbalances, and any inefficient use of your cycling power. Finding the proper seat height and fore-aft position, along with stem angle and length, will place you in the best position for optimal power output and comfort on the bike. The correction of leg length discrepancies, along with optimal cleat placement and proper upper body position will improve your speed and ability to go long without pain. Pedal Stroke Analysis utilizes Computrainer® technology. This enables Robert to analyze your left and right leg efficiency and power output in real time.
Pedal Stroke Analysis
Riding to your maximum potential takes effort to master, and attention to efficiency of the pedal stroke is part of the technical proficiency and must be practiced. There are 360 degrees in a pedal stroke, and it is designed naturally to push with one leg, and pull with the other. In actuality, many of us are pushing one leg around to put it in the position to push the other leg around; which means in varying degrees; power is being used to drag the deficient leg around to its productive position. To create an efficient stoke and achieve your potential as a cyclist you must utilize your entire stroke. You may be very efficient at converting energy to wattage, but you won’t reach your potential if you are inefficient, and the power potential of your hamstrings and hip flexors will atrophy, leading to injury. Analysis of your pedal stroke will reveal deficiencies and inefficiencies that cause hip flexors to become under-utilized in cycling. The mechanical duty is to recover each leg to a power-producing position independently of the other leg, as fast as possible.
Cycling Drills PDF
The PHASE IV Cycling drills are anchored in science and have been honed over thirty-five years working with cyclists. When incorporated into your training and recovery program, you will improve your mechanics and decrease inefficiency. PHASE IV has designed the most effective drills to immediately improve your performance and resistance to injury.