This work began with a simple question: Why was I unable to perform a respectable track standing start? I had failed to make progress in this area after following an "energy systems" and a weight lifting program, and there were no further avenues for improvement. The only recourse was to discover what elite athletes were doing from a biomechanical point of view, and other than references to the legs and references in very controlled situations, there was no other published information. That was odd to begin with, cycling was apparently a sport with no athletic movement requirements (no movement patterns), and it still is considered a purely endurance endeavour in many quarters. Now we know better of course.

The key to the success of the concept was in the observation of World class athletes in the first place, and I condensed any variability into the essence of the two movement patterns. In retrospect, this proved to be a game changer; when I analyze amateur athletes, I can take advantage of the principles of each movement pattern, and frame their performance with elite and amateurs in mind. The conclusion is that amateurs range from good to undefined to unstable, even among those who race. It is wonder that scientific publications tend to restrict their research to the "legs" and assume the pelvis is fixed and immobile on the saddle. This of course excludes the most relevant features to the sport, which are the movement patterns.

If you want to delve further into the concept and the science behind the concept, I recommend purchasing the book. You will be able to access an excerpt from Chapter 6, which covers the Sidebend Hip Hike. In addition, the book can be considered as a stepping stone to pursuits of scientific inquiry. Several important advances have been made since publication; one of these is the value of the concept in the direct analysis of the athlete in the field, which can be accomplished with commercially available equipment and Dartfish software. Please subscribe to the Performance Movement Patterns in Cycling-Video Collection for a full animated perspective of the movement patterns and examples of expert and amateur-level performance.

The concept of Performance movement patterns represents a fundamental transformation in the mindset, from a passive if not rigid posture to very specific, dynamic upper trunk and pelvic movements that in unison deliver moments of torque to the crankarms. The Trunk Pelvic Roll and the Sidebend Hip Hike represent the embodiment of the Performance movement patterns and will satisfy all skilled performance requirements for the sport of cycling. Remarkably, this athleticism will help the athlete adapt to new situations or events.

About the Author

Brian MaldonadoBrian is a Physical Therapist, previously working in Sub-Acute and Long Term Care settings in Minneapolis-St. Paul and vicinity. Brian is the owner of Précis Velo, a business dedicated to the Performance Movement Patterns approach in cycling; developing video-based training tools and the first detailed video analyses of elite and amateur performances with Dartfish technology. Education: University of Western Ontario, Canada (MSc); Rush University, Chicago, IL (PhD, Biochemistry); University of Minnesota (Masters in Physical Therapy).

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