This is something that I started to see more and more of last off season

 

Cricketers doing their anaerobic and aerobic work on the Watt Bike

 

Now if you haven’t seen the Watt Bike in action it is a good bit of kit, and can be used to get some great data off it

 

Among a couple of these is power output and also a breakdown of left v right stoke power

 

For someone who is coming back from an injury and not allowed any impact I can absolutely see how these can be used a great tool

 

Particularly the right v left analysis

 

Its another great way to help monitor if the gap is being closed between right and left asymmetry

 

But when you see it used as a primary mode of conditioning you have to start asking questions

 

Is this just a lazy way of doing it

 

Sticking them on a bike for a 20 min session

 

The main problem I have with the bike is the position

 

The way I see so many fast bowlers training is in a constant quad dominant position

 

Squats, lunges, step ups, and bike

 

Again nothing wrong with any exercise in particular

 

But the big issue for fast bowlers comes in the posterior chain

 

The amount of bowlers with poor glutes is ridiculous

 

Are we helping to buy into a poor pattern by relying on the bike?

 

And to keep training them in this position might well be leading to more ‘glute amnesia’

 

This is a great term I heard coined by Dr Craig Leibenson over in the States

 

The anterior (front) of the body is getting hammered and the posterior getting neglected

 

And what goes

 

The back, or the hammy, or the side

 

The scurge of fast bowlers

 

So if you have a fit and healthy player, get them off the bike

 

Having them up their power output on the Watt Bike is one thing, but is it then transferring over to bowling power? Just like is an extra 5kg on the squat = 2/3mph on your bowling

 

If you see more videos of teams doing this just make sure you know the reasons why before jumping on one

 

Make sure its right for you, and not doing more harm than good

 

Think differently

 

Dewsy

 

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