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Training/Fitness

“It’s as easy a riding a bike…!” How often have you heard that? Sure, riding a bike down the road is easy, and most cyclists would rather work on fitness or explore the open road than spend time thinking about how to handle their bike. But the truth is that a little improvement in your skills can make riding easier, safer and a lot more fun. Developing your bike-handling skills will really pay off. And no matter how long you’ve been riding, the best time to start is right now. Check out our Training/Fitness section to find the right Joe Friel training program for you – so you can start preparing for your tour today!

Getting Fit…Literally

As a former athlete, I struggled a bit figuring out a new adult identity after college.  I didn’t want to lose my identity as an athlete but let’s be honest,Full Story

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Bicycle Training Programs

ExperiencePlus! has FREE Bicycle Training Programs and we’ve recently revamped the design to make it easier for you to find and follow the program that matches your age, fitness level, ...

Bicycle Training Programs

ExperiencePlus! has FREE Bicycle Training Programs designed specifically for our cycling tours by Joe Friel, the author of ten books on training including the popular and best-selling “Training Bible” book ...

Bicycle Training Calendar 401

401 Level Training Program Joe Friel, nationally recognized fitness expert, designed this 12-week Training Packet specifically for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle tours. Our 401 level tours are for riders who love to climb ...

Bicycle Training Calendar 301

301 Level Training Program Joe Friel, nationally recognized fitness expert, designed this 12-week Training Packet specifically for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle tours. Our 301 level tours are for riders enjoy some climbing every ...

Bicycle Training Calendar 201

201 Level Training Program Joe Friel, nationally recognized fitness expert, designed this 12-week Training Packet specifically for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle tours. Our 201 level tours are for riders who prefer a combination ...

Bicycle Training Calendar 101

101 Level Training Program  Joe Friel, nationally recognized fitness expert, designed this 12-week Training Packet specifically for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle tours. Our 101 level tours are perfect for people looking for mostly ...

Perhaps What You Need Is a Bike Fitting

Whether you are a recreational cyclist or a budding adventure racer, we think bike fit is important.  A brief Q&A with Dr Siggins highlights the importance of a good fit ...

Training for an ExpeditionPlus! Tour

By ExpeditionPlus! veteran, Mary Gantz Mary Gantz doesn’t let living in pancake-flat Florida inhibit her cycling success. She road Coast to Coast across Chile and Argentina in 2006; from St Petersburg ...

Fear and Cycling

Fear? Yes, fear. Come on, admit it. There have been times when the thought of riding hasn’t always been pleasant. Maybe it’s the fear of the open road, riding in ...

Spring Fever: Getting Ready to Ride

Finally. Spring is upon us. The days are getting longer. The desire to get outside and ride is growing. Unless you have been able to ride outside throughout the winter, ...

Yep, It’s Winter. Take Your Work-Out Inside…

and Reap the Benefits. By Leah Barrett, Nutritionist and Wellness Counselor at become fit in Fort Collins, Colorado OK, some of you are hard-core and no matter how cold or wet ...

Get Out and Ride

Get Out and Ride (even if you don’t feel like it) By Leah Barrett, MS, LCSW Nutritionist / Wellness Counselor at become fit in Fort Collins, Colorado So, you’ve signed up for ...

Joe Friel’s Health Benefits of Cycling

by Joe Friel It can be difficult to keep up an exercise program, especially if you don’t see results right away in the mirror or on the scales. After all, ...

Bicycle Tour Training Programs

ExperiencePlus! is pleased to announce that nationally recognized fitness expert Joe Friel’s Bicycle Training Packets are now available online. Though these programs were designed specifically for ExperiencePlus! tours they can ...

A Brief Introduction to Cycling Lingo

There is no need to buy a plane ticket to experience a new world  –  just take up a new sport. Consider cycling for example:  Ever been to the pain ...

Tips on Purchasing a New Bike

Maybe you were the kid who got a tricycle at age 3 and crashed it 84 times outside your house. Or maybe you were more the type of kid who ...

Nutrition: Before, During and After Your Bicycle Ride

By Leah Barrett, MS, LCSW Nutritionist / Wellness Counselor at become fit in Fort Collins, Colorado What you eat plays a significant role in how you feel during your bike rides. ...

The Health Benefits of Bicycling

Our book review this month includes a summary of everything in our Reading Room that we’ve prepared over the years that addresses fitness, training, bicycling for health, and training for ...

Fluids and Endurance Exercise

It wasn’t too long ago that we were told that as endurance athletes we could not drink enough water during exercise. Drink all you can get in was the common ...

Daily Bicycle Maintenance: Paying Attention to Your Bike

Daily Bicycle Maintenance: Paying Attention to Your Bike by Rich Young, ExperiencePlus! Tech Guy One of the best things about bikes is their elegant simplicity. But when it comes to keeping your ...

Trekking with Trekking Poles

Trekking with Trekking Poles by Julie Horton, Customer Service Specialist, ExperiencePlus! Specialty Tours, Inc. There are many excuses for not ...

A Guide to Weight Loss and Fun by Rick Price, Phd.

A Guide to Weight Loss and Fun by Rick Price, Phd. Ok, so this month’s book review is more than just a book review. Let’s call it the ExperiencePlus! Guide to ...