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Will Bike Training Lead to "Monster Muscles"?(5 posts)

Will Bike Training Lead to "Monster Muscles"?bikedodger
Aug 31, 2001 1:24 PM
I saw this on Yahoo and found it interesting.
Track will ...Humma Hah
Aug 31, 2001 3:22 PM
... at least, if the training is done to the standards of the top pros. I've got pretty good quads from singlespeeding a tank, but I've stood side-by-side with some of Eddie B's pupils, and my legs are TOOTHPICKS by comparison. They look like they've got large shoeboxes instead of thighs.

Most roadies I know have well-muscled but sleek, slender legs.
muscles and fatTig
Aug 31, 2001 3:33 PM
The guy who wrote that question was expecting fat to "turn into muscle"?! Most likely he has a mesomorphic body type since he gained muscle without losing fat. He rides 1 hour total on his commute and gains muscle, so I'd guess he mashes along in a low cadience/high gear. Combine that with a possibly poor diet (cheeseburgers n fries) and it all makes sense. Exercise or good diet alone will not make someone lose fat.

Fitness riding in a lower gear at higher pedal cadience will tone and even build muscle, but it sure isn't power squats with heavy weights. Take a look at professional racers and you won't see too many "monster muscles" bodies. The exception to this are the halfback sized power sprinters like Marty Nothstein or Cippo. Speaking of sprinters, they are not all giant powerhouses. A good friend (Al Whaley) who has several masters world champion track sprint championships is only 5'8", 140 pounds. His body looks like a climber's, but he has a wicked powerful sprint of a big guy.

Below is Nothstein... talk about a power sprinter!
re: Will Bike Training Lead to "Monster Muscles"?cycleguy
Aug 31, 2001 11:50 PM
Look at some of the best sprinters, Cippolini, Zabel, Steels, O'Grady. Not being blessed to stand next to them and only seeing them on TV or in photos they all seem to have very large legs. Yet nothing like a body builders. Yes, they are very well developed, just as a tennis players arm. And lack of any body fat also adds to the look. But if you want really BIG thighs try speed skating. Eric Heiden would be one of the all time greats!
things ain't always what they seemW
Sep 1, 2001 6:10 AM
in reality the pros are ALOT smaller than they seem in photos and on tv... if you saw Cipo on the street you would think he's a skinny guy