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Old September 23rd 08, 05:21 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Hey Folks,

I was wondering if anyone of you guys can help me out. I'm trying to
dig up some information on the health benefits of using a unicycle.
Does it work your core and abs? What about quads and hamstrings?

If you're familiar with personal training or are a kinesiologist or an
expert please contact me ASAP.

I'm very green when it comes to this field, so any direction I can get
is much appreciated!

Thanks,
Fazel


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Old September 23rd 08, 06:11 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Or does anybody know someone?


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Old September 23rd 08, 07:01 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Fazel wrote:
I'm trying to dig up some information on the health benefits of using a
unicycle. Does it work your core and abs? What about quads and
hamstrings?



Yes and yes. It can also work the calf muscles, depending on the
rider's technique.

The quads and glutes do the bulk of the work in most riding conditions,
but once the riding gets technical the abs, lower back and obliques come
into play. I find, after a long session of trials riding, my back and
abs can get quite sore.


Fazel wrote:
Or does anybody know someone?



Yes, I know someone.

Perhaps you should ask some more specific questions, as there are
plenty of smart people on these boards... we may not know what you mean
by "health benefits".


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Old September 23rd 08, 07:16 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Sorry if I was vague on "health benefits." I'm trying to put together a
story on unicycling but with an exercise angle attached to it.

The reason why I asked about a personal trainer or kinesiologist is
that if Ican quote someone who is an expert on the human body and
unicycles it makes the story credible.

I appreciate the quick response btw!


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Old September 23rd 08, 08:09 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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I believe the unicycle is single best exercise machine in the world.
It's the ultimate cross trainer for all other sports. You can't beat
using the power of balance to fine tunes your core muscles. Its low
impact, leg strengthening workout is an unparalleled cardio-builder.
Combined with a little stretching, you will be fit for life.

I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but my bed was
really comfortable.

Is it not obvious?

Sorry, I haven't seen any research specifically with unicycles by
qualified people. I'd like to see an infomerial on T.V. by one of those
Dr. dudes.


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Old September 23rd 08, 08:13 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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This is a forum for unicycling, and there are definitely experts on
unicycling here, but I don't know that there are many, if any, of the
experts on the human body amongst our community. We're quite apt at
answering questions, but if you can't give us specific questions, you
might not get any answers at all.

You can definitely gather many testamonials from the community, if you
give us a framework in which to produce our answers... such as, "How
has unicycling helped you lose weight?" or "How has unicycling helped
you build muscle?" There are already threads in this group that detail
how some members have gained fitness, and even rehabilitated themselves
from serious injuries through unicycling and related activities.

Perhaps you need to consult a P.T. outside the community to help you
build such questions?


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Old September 23rd 08, 10:18 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Critter,

Thanks for the information. Yeh if we had an informercial we would be
all set!

Maestro8,

I'm just doing a task that the company asked me to do. I went through
the threads that were posted before and really didnt have anything
useful, unfortunately.

I'll come up with a series of specific questions later on today that
will hopefully be what you are looking for. Just out of curiousity, any
suggestios on personal training forums?


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Old September 23rd 08, 10:23 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Fazel wrote:
Critter,

Thanks for the information. Yeh if we had an informercial we would be
all set!

Maestro8,

I'm just doing a task that the company asked me to do. I went through
the threads that were posted before and really didnt have anything
useful, unfortunately.

I'll come up with a series of specific questions later on today that
will hopefully be what you are looking for. Just out of curiousity, any
suggestios on personal training forums?




This summer I did alot of Muni/trials. I have High Cholesterol, and
unicycling caused a Major drop. Would have been even moreso if I
unicycled instead of went to a computer camp. Unicycling also has a
Mental health aspect, when I muni I'm so focused, my problems slip
away!


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Old September 24th 08, 12:27 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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You might want to look at some back issues of Uni magazine, I think
there is stuff that might be useful for you in there. Then you can
reference it and everything.


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Old September 24th 08, 12:33 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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And also try a better search through the forums. We have threads asking
just about the exercise of unicycling, how strong riders have gotten
from riding, any life changes it helped them through, etc.

Unicycling is like the miracle pill. Except, it doesnt come in pill
form. It wouldnt be fun to ride a pill...


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