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WeightLoss - Using Machines like....Cyberwolf
Apr 16, 2001 7:50 PM
First and formost I have truly enjoy reading messages and learning a great deal from those who regularly post on here! Thanks... I have read with great interest the weightloss topics and was wondering are there any other cyclists out there using products like the Ab Doer and Abslide etc in conjunction with regular riding etc?
Crunches and back extensions ...Humma Hah
Apr 16, 2001 9:55 PM
... I've been using a gym, but may discontinue it for a while when I move back to Virginia. I do use a back extension machine as part of my "core" strengthening exercises (you want to balance abdominal exercises with lower back exercises, both beneficial to cycling). Crunches do not require equipment and back extensions can be done with minimal equipment, mostly a training bench or some similar supporting surface.
re: WeightLoss - Using Machines like....Mel Erickson
Apr 17, 2001 5:33 AM
I use a home gym and do a full range of strength training exercises, including ab and back exercises. I will be slacking off as I work into the riding season, especially the leg exercises, but not the ab and back. I'll do these throughout the season, just a little less intense. The ab and back only use a bench. A friend has one of the ab sliding machines and says it works pretty good. He thinks it helps his range of motion a little and gets at some smaller muscle groups crunches might not train as well. Don't forget the back as well as the abs. Balance is important.
re: WeightLoss - Using Machines like....must_pedal_harder
Apr 17, 2001 8:14 AM
I use a gym too, like a lot of people I know. If your concerned about weight loss I honestly don't see an Ab machine helping much. For weight loss I'd say running and a partner to push you. If your worried about abs I'd say inclined situps will help you along also, I'm not exactly sure the name of it, but your chest is upright, arms supporting your body as you lift your legs down from slightly above the floor, till your knees touch your chest. Also, a great workout for that machine is holding your legs out in front of you, at a slightly wider angle then 90 from your chest, and then bring your knees up to your chest - never letting your legs fall completely as in the first exercise.
Actually, working on abs is pretty important...Greg Taylor
Apr 17, 2001 9:48 AM
Strong abs (and back) help support your torso on the bike. You rely less on your arms to hold up your carcass...meaning less fatigue. A strong lower back/glutes are important because (depending on your position on the bike) those muscles help you turn the ol' pedals, especially when you are seated and "getting behind" a big gear. I also do some stretches designed to loosen up my lower back, which probably helps more than anything else that I do in the gym.