I feel a little painful during the first few weeks of commute with bicycle. Just wondering that does it make my butt tighter and sexier?

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    Studies have shown that riding a bicycle everyday makes you more awesome than the general population triathlonhumor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/… – alex Dec 31 '13 at 15:02
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    The pain builds character. (Don't believe it? Just think of all the characters you encounter while cycling.) – Daniel R Hicks Dec 31 '13 at 22:30

Since cycling is primarily based on leg strength, which is derived from all parts of the leg (including the glutes or butt muscles), then yes.

Here's a great graphic that shows some of the muscles used during a typical pedal stroke: Muscle groups of the pedal stroke

And basic anatomy tells us that the muscular system works together so it's virtually impossible to train one muscle exclusively without using others at least minimally.

Now, if you want to specifically target your butt, I'd recommend some supplementary exercises like pelvic tilts/bridges or walking lunges.

  • That is a great graphic! Could you edit in a link to where you found it? Thanks! – jimchristie Dec 31 '13 at 17:29
  • I'm not going to add the URL as that looks sloppy, but I will add it in this comment: i.stack.imgur.com/GPZZL.gif. – Aaron Dec 31 '13 at 17:38
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    I actually meant a link that showed its original context. I'd be interested in reading the original article or blog post or whatever that it came from. – jimchristie Dec 31 '13 at 19:13
  • I can't find the original article I read about this, but a quick "cycling muscle usage" brings up a ton of references to this and similar diagrams. Most are obtained from power meter data combined with electrical muscle feedback. – Aaron Dec 31 '13 at 19:31
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    That blog post explains that the actual muscle usage is not nearly so simple, and the graphic may even be wrong, not just a summary. It includes a similar plot from actual measurements, which looks fairly different. – Cascabel Dec 31 '13 at 21:23

I feel a little painful...

If it pains because of seating on an improper seat then no, it will not tighten it.

If it pains due to miles of cycling together with standing pedaling uphill, then probably yes.

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    On the first point: More generally, improper fit - even if you have a saddle which can fit you properly, if its not set up correctly you get pain. Longer rides are also sore inducing at first for most people. Moving from a cruiser type seat to a road saddle changes the load bearing behavior for most people to more on the sit bones (with a corresponding change in riding position). – Batman Dec 31 '13 at 21:42

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