CycleFit

While cyclists ride for different reasons — recreation, transportation, competition, or fitness — there is one theme nearly all of them share: a desire to cycle. At the Institute for Athletic Medicine, we’ve developed CycleFit: an injury treatment and prevention program designed for cyclists of all abilities, from recreational to racer.

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No referral needed! Call 612-672-7100 or request an appointment online

Our physical therapists understand the unique biomechanical requirements of cycling. You’ll receive a comprehensive muscle, joint, and bicycle evaluation to improve your cycling mechanics and reduce your risk of cycling-related injuries. The goal is to allow you to ride farther, faster, and without pain.

We also work with cyclists interested in improving cycle-specific strength, flexibility, and performance. Cross-training and pre and postseason recommendations are included in your consultation.

CycleFit assessment

Your success and comfort depend on how well your bike fits you. We perform a biomechanical assessment of your posture on your bike, including the fit of your seat, handlebar and stem, as well as the interface of your shoe, crank, and pedals. We combine that with your ergonomic and aerodynamic body positioning on the bike. Based on our assessment, we will make recommendations that will fit your bike to you for a more anatomically balanced and strength-oriented ride.

Other evaluation and consultation options
  • Examination and treatment of acute and chronic injuries, including low back pain, knee pain, iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, heel-cord inflammation, cervical pain, and hand and/or foot numbness or tingling
  • Cycling-specific muscle imbalance evaluation, including flexibility and strength testing of low back and abdominal muscles (core), buttocks, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves 
  • Cycling form video analysis: an analysis of head and torso positioning, trunk stability, upper body placement, hip and knee alignment, and pedal cadence to detect problems in cycling form
  • Cycling-specific exercises to enhance strength, flexibility, and muscle balance, minimizing the risk of injury or re-injury

For more information about CycleFit, call 612-821-4375.

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AlterG® anti-gravity treadmill – Are you trying to reach a new level in your cycling performance? Cross-train by spending time off of your bike. Walk or run on our anti-gravity treadmill. The AlterG's ability to reduce your weight bearing allows you to work out harder for longer. You can increase your endurance without increasing the amount of stress on your joints.