~ By Vancouver personal trainer and Momentum Fitness Co-owner Barry Duncan. To learn more about Barry check out his bio.
|Like many children, I was read bed time stories of a wide variety. There was Dr Suess with his eclectic group of characters that children love, Curious George a mischievous monkey that every boy can relate to and of course Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends teaching all of us how to treat others better and to just get along. However none of these tales with their important messages and meanings that help to shape our children come to mind when I am struggling up Cypress Mountain on my bike. No for this I need to dig in and get inspiration from The Little Engine That Could. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, is repeated in my head slowly after each pedal stroke and as I reach the top of this iconic Vancouver mountain ride I can declare I thought I could and I was victorious.||Photo Courtesy of Team Traveller|
I must admit that a part of me wants to believe that anyone anywhere at any time can accomplish anything. However the Vancouver personal trainer in me knows that training, hard work and practice is needed to achieve such goals. When training for the type of power and stamina it takes to get up any of the three peaks on the North Shore of Vancouver people should get into the gym and do some strength training along with those hill repeats they do on the bike.
Some Great Cycling Exercises for Hills:
Not sure how to do the above exercises or would like to know the set and rep counts come on into Momentum and have a session or two with one of our Vancouver personal trainers and get into the best hill climbing shape of your life. Of course all of this training still does not prevent me from doing my little chant as I climb up those hills. Perhaps even the Vancouver personal trainer in me knows that a good mantra will assist in achieving phenomenal success.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can……