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Lift weights during riding season?(3 posts)

Lift weights during riding season?Dean
May 2, 2001 7:15 AM
I was wondering if I should be lifting weights for my upper body during the season? I lift a lot during the winter and do not want to lose what I built. But I do not want my riding to suffer because my body has to rebuild my legs from riding and upper body from lifting.
YesMass Biker
May 2, 2001 7:45 AM
I lift 3x a week during the off season, beginning with high-rep/low-weight in the fall. In the early spring, this migrates to low-rep/high-weight for at least one of the weekly workouts. Once the racing starts, I will lift 1-2x a week - but focus more on lifting at "base" levels (i.e. high-rep/low-weight) for legs. My upper body work (year round) is not so much about building mass as it is about building muscle endurance to prevent fatigue on those longer rides (tricep pulls, lat pulldowns etc.). Most of my training is built around a 4 week microcycle (3 weeks hard intensity/1 week easy), so I tend to gravitate to weights on my "easy" week (i.e. I'm not out doing intervals or race pace training, so I might as well focus on building or maintaining core strength). As a skinny runt, I have found that weights have made all the difference between hanging on and getting dropped, so my experience may be different from most. - MB
May 2, 2001 3:00 PM
I would do core strength training during the season if I were you - all I know is that my arms and shoulders don't help me when I'm on a 2 mile climb at LT.

As for legs, I don't strength train during my season, it tends to slow my legs down but if you feel you need more power on sprints, etc then be my guest.