To clip or not to clip in? If you’re a regular in the cycle studio, a pair of clip-in cycling shoes is a valuable investment to not only prevent injury, but get the most out of your workout.
A man that spends enough time on a bike to rival the Tour riders, Anthony Garcia, Head Cycle Blast instructor at Lomax, gives his top five reasons for always clipping in during an indoor cycling class:
1. THEY HELP ENGAGE THE RIGHT MUSCLES
Cycling shoes allow you to engage the hamstrings and glutes effectively throughout the pedal movement and properly recruit the secondary muscle groups like the calves and shin muscles.
2. THEY PROVIDE A BETTER RANGE OF MOTION
Cycling shoes promote efficient movement throughout the entire pedal rotation.
3. THEY HELP TO PROTECT YOUR KNEES
There is greater efficiency in the transfer of power and a more balanced use of the leg muscles, providing stability to the knee.
4. THEY PREVENT FOOT DISCOMFORT
Squeezing trainers into a narrow strapped cage commonly causes numbness in the foot. Cycling shoes are attached to the top of the pedal which reduces any discomfort significantly. They also have stiff soles which can improve stability and reduce strain to the Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
5. THEY’RE COOLER
This is no joke. Cycling shoes are usually made from mesh or breathable material that allows air to circulate through the vents to keep your feet cool. Trust me, it makes your class that little bit more enjoyable.
SPECIAL OFFER: 15% off Cycling Shoes & Cleats
Condor are offering Lomax clients an exclusive discount of 15% off all cycling shoes and cleats. Quote ‘LOMAX CHELSEA’ at the Condor store to receive your discount. A member of the Condor team will fit your shoes to ensure you get the best possible pair.