Jul 30

What Muscles Are Used For Running And Cycling?

I am training my son for the 400 meter run and 300 hurdles. I cycle and would love to add cycling to his training. Maybe he would ride with me sometime. Are the same muscles used for cycling and riding.


  1. Adam D

    The same muscles are used, but they are used in different ways. Cycling is an excellent cross training tool, its a very good way to strengthen a sprinters legs once a week and provide some conditioning. In cycling, the same thing tends to happen to the same muscles over and over again because the legs are confined to a single motion. But in running, the motion is determined by the athlete. A thousand complex things are happening among the muscles, connective tissues, and bones with every step when running – some at the command of the runner, some done automatically by the brain for balance and stability. A day of cycling per week in the preseason is definitely a good thing for a runner. Go google what Lance Armstrong had to say about his experience running marathons a few years ago, it offers a bit of insight on how the sports are different for the person doing them.

  2. Whitney Jo

    yes most of the same muscles are used in biking as in running. In running you use, your quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes. However, you also use your arms because you need to pump your arms fast in order for your legs to move fast. You should have strong biceps and triceps. You should practice running though, if you want to be a runner and cycling if you want to be a cycler. Lean more towards running for what you want to do.

  3. So*

    You might find this helpful, an image of which muscles are being worked as you pedal. http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u164/Enthalpic/PedalStrokeMusclesUsed.gif?t=1201395171

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