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  1. Different exercises you might not have tried for stronger legs & lower core

    Are you looking to improve your cycling performance by introducing some strength training? Maybe you already go to the gym but find the free weights area a little intimidating? You certainly wouldn’t be alone. Or perhaps you just want to refresh your workout programme. In this blog we take a look at some alternative training methods for people of all abilities that might just refresh your training programme.


    Firstly it’s important to realise that there is not one set of exercises that fits the bill for every cyclist. There are many different types of cycling and many disciplines. For example Mark Cavendish’s training will be different to that of Geraint Thomas’ despite the fact they both race road bikes. However as a road cyclist you are may want to place more attention around your upper body and core rather than just building stronger legs. This is because a lower riding position on a road bike places extra strain on your core and shoulders and some conditioning exercises for your shoulders could make a big difference, to holding a low & aerodynamic position, all of which will improve performance.


    Secondly it’s important to remember what kind of discipline you are training for. This will affect the way in which you train. Rep length is very important to think about as it will ultimately control the outcome of your training. If you’re looking to build up your muscular endurance, you are better off going with a few sets of 15-18 reps on a weight that you find comfortable rather than heavy weights. You might also want to consider supersets or circuits for your legs endurance. However if you’re looking to increase muscular strength for short distance or sprint riding it would be more beneficial to keep your reps low, work with heavier weights and isolate muscles in order to build strength.


    4 Different exercises you might not have tried before for stronger legs and lower core

    If you don’t feel confident walking into the free weights area or squats aren’t for you give wall squats a go.  This exercise involves a medicine ball, light dumbbells and a wall. This is a great exercise for isolating your upper legs. (Mainly quads and glutes) the medicine ball will help support your back and knees eliminating common injuries that can be caused by bad form when squatting with a bar. The lower you squat the more you’ll engage your glutes, but you should stop once your thighs are parallel to the ground to avoid strain on the knees.

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    Bulgarian lunges are another great exercise that doesn’t need heavy weights although this isn’t one for the faint hearted. All it requires is a step or a bench and 2 kettle bells. The manner in which the Bulgarian lunge is performed keeps one leg at a time under constant tension as the leg is never fully straight so your body doesn’t absorb the weight of the load placing the quad under constant tension throughout the exercise. The fact that you have to constantly balance on leg also gives your core a work out as its permanently engaged to keep you from falling over. Start light and slowly build up. A great alternative to those that don’t want to squat.

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    The TRX machine offers you a whole range of training exercises that cover the whole body and if you’ve not used one before we’d fully recommend giving it a go. Simply googling TRX exercises will bring you up a whole host of content of great exercise ideas. A favourite is the TRX Pike. The Pike, when done correctly is a great all body exercise which engages the core, arms, back, shoulders and hip flexors all at different times during the exercise. To make it harder add a 3 second pause at the top.


    Leg curls provide the perfect way to isolate your hamstrings. Hamstrings are often forgotten about as everyone thinks power comes from the quads and glutes which to an extent is true. However the importance of the hamstrings shouldn’t be forgotten.  Hamstrings are the muscles responsible for knee flexion and allow you to kick your legs backwards which plays a key role when pedalling. Hamstring burnout will certainly cost you when cycling you might just not realise it.

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  2. The #PYBSUMMERFUN Competition is Over

    Thanks to all that entered the #PYBSUMMERFUN competition! We had well over 200 entries across both Twitter and Instagram but unfortunately there can only be one winner! Congratulations to Kimberley Smith-Howe who has won the £300 prize to put towards her next holiday! The winning post can be seen below:



    We have really enjoyed receiving all the entries and have put together a collage of some of our favourites. Let us know if you made the collage :)


    Collage of some of our favourite entries

  3. Protect Your Bubble Logo Change

    Protect Your Bubble logo change

    PYB by Assurant Inc

    Protect Your Bubble logo

    You may have notice our logo has changed, we want to highlight and are proud of the fact that we are part of Assurant.

    Who are Assurant? Assurant is an insurance group that provides specialty insurance to people in the UK, US and Globally. Both Protect Your Bubble and Assurant, Inc share the same ethos of aiming to deliver the best possible services and insurance products whilst also taking the stress & pain out of insuring the things that matter most to you.

    Assurant Group is a Fortune 500 company that is traded as AIZ on the New York stock exchange. It’s also recognised by the Ward 50 which is a prestigious list made up of the best property-casualty insurance companies in the USA. Assurant can trace its roots back to 1892 and was initially established to sell disability insurance in Wisconsin. Over time the company has evolved and now offer insurance cover on anything from travel to gadget insurance.

    Does this have any effect on my policy? No not at all, Protect Your Bubble UK is an independent trading name operating under the umbrella group that is Assurant. Your policy is still provided by Protect Your Bubble UK. 



  4. Bike Twitter Launch Competition

    To celebrate the launch of our brand spanking new Twitter page @PYB_Bike we are giving followers the chance to win a pair of Oakley sunglasses. You could be riding away with a pair just like our brand ambassodor Geraint Thomas. We’ll also throw a signed photo from the man himself!

    Follow @PYB_Bike for tips on how to keep you bike safe, to keep up to date on Protect Your Bubble activity and events, deals and great competitions PLUS Vlogs and updates form our brand ambassador Geraint Thomas.

    For your chance to win

    Follow @PYB_Bike

    And retweet a competition tweet posted by @PYB_Bike containing hastag #PYBbikeComp to enter

    Be quick competition closes midnight next Friday 12.6.15


    Full T&C’s Apply:

    PYB_Bike Launch Competition Terms and Conditions


    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The promotion begins at 00.00 on 5th June 2015 and closes at 11.59 noon on 12th June 2015 British Summer Time (BST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet and an email address and Twitter account

    How to Enter

    5.To enter this promotion, visit , follow the Protect Your Bubble UK Bike Twitter account from your Twitter account, and retweet one of the competition posts sent by PYB_Bike:. These will be posts including the words ‘RT & follow’ and include the hashtag #PYBbikeComp. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

    6. Retweeting of any other post during the date range specified above that does not contain the phrase above does not count as an entry

    7. Entrants must continue to follow the @PYB_Bike Twitter account following entry into the promotion in order to continue to be regarded as eligible

    8. Entrants must not publish repeated Tweets

    9. Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts and entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure they comply with Twitter’s rules regarding usage

    The Prize

    10. There is one winner. The prize is one pair Oakley sunglasses up to the value of £190 plus delivery from, and a signed photo of Geraint Thomas

    11. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    12. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

    Winner Selection and Notification

    13. The winner will be randomly selected on 15th June 2015 by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these terms and conditions.

    14. The Promoter will contact the winner within one week of on 15th June via private message on Twitter. Prize will be posted to the address provided by the winner within 7 working days of the winner claiming. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    15. The winner is required to respond to the Twitter private message notification within 7 days in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    16. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    17. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    18. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    19. Losing entries will not receive any notification.


    20. The twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; PYB_Bike Launch Competition, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 22nd November 2015

    21. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    22. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    23. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at

    24. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    25. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    26. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    27. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    28. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

  5. It takes two – a Valentines special

    St Valentine’s Day – love it or loathe it, it’s considered one of the most romantic days of the year, and provides people everywhere with a chance to spend some quality time with that special someone. But if you’re stuck for ideas this year – or want to commemorate the day but are bored of the usual flowers-and-chocolates situation – here we provide a few suggestions perfect for pairs.

    It takes two to… tango?

    Taking dance lessons is a great way to spend your Valentine’s, and what could be more special than learning to tango? As a romantic dance by definition, the moves reflect style, courtship and passion – isn’t that what Valentine’s is all about?

    It takes two to… tandem?

    What could be more appropriate on this romantic holiday than a ride on a bicycle designed especially for two? While it might take a little while to get the hang of it, the tandem perfectly pairs the enjoyment of cycling with the opportunity to chat while riding together. Tandems come in all shapes and sizes for all different terrains – simply choose your bike, find a suitable cycle route, don your helmets and you’re away.
    If tandems take your fancy this Valentine’s Day, did you know you can them insured through us? Take a look here. It may be worth it if you’re a first-timer!

    It takes two to… tea?

    As a more relaxed way to celebrate this year, taking high tea and enjoying some quality time with your other half means you can make the most of Valentine’s Day without any of the fuss. High tea is usually taken before about four o’ clock in the afternoon, consisting of light sandwiches, the odd cake and – you guessed it – a cup of tea.

    It takes two to… toboggan?

    In a slightly less traditional Valentine’s Day spirit, how about spending the day taking up a new activity such as tobogganing? We promise we didn’t add it to the list solely because it begins with T – it’s genuinely fun! There are various winter sports centres dotted around, where you can try your hand at all manner of daring sports. Nothing declares your love like a run down the ski slope… right?!

Prices may change. Protect Your Bubble is a trading name of Assurant Direct Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 5399683). Assurant Direct Limited is an Appointed Representative of Lifestyle Services Group Limited. Lifestyle Services Group Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 315245. You can check this on the Financial Services Register at or by calling 0800 111 6768.

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