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Suggestions for Isolated Leg Training on the Road(4 posts)

Suggestions for Isolated Leg Training on the RoadJonpod
Jan 18, 2002 8:20 AM
Hi, I don't have an indoor trainer but I would like to start doing some isolated leg training. Does anyone have any suggestions for on the road exercises for ILT?

Thanks, Jon
re: Suggestions for Isolated Leg Training on the Roadhusker
Jan 18, 2002 8:35 AM
I hate to sound crude and mean, but the safest a best way is to get a trainer. Some are very good and cheap, you don't need to spend a fortune, and there are other great benifits beside isolated leg drills. I believe Performance is having a sale on them. Go to their website.

I do have a friend that tries to do isolated leg drills on climbs. He drops one leg back and starts spinning with the other one. I have no idea how he does this without falling, tangling himself up or otherwise hurting himself.

Good luck.
re: Suggestions for Isolated Leg Training on the RoadBobo
Jan 18, 2002 9:29 AM
Keep both feet clipped but only use one leg for the prescribed amount of time. The other will be 'dead' and just along for the ride. While not as effective as doing them on the trainer, it's better than nothing and safe to do in a group. If you have access to a nice stretch of flat, lightly travelled road and are riding solo, feel free to unclip.
Is all this necessary?guido
Jan 18, 2002 12:43 PM
I hate to sound like an old curmudgeon, but weren't indoor trainers invented for cyclists who, if the weather permitted, would rather get out and ride their bikes?

There are all sorts of games you can play on your bike that can accomplish anything you want. Nobody really needs an indoor trainer if they can ride outside. Whatever you can do on a trainer, you can do better on a bike. Getting your leg speed up? Spinout in easy gears. Learning a circular pedal stroke? Find a gear with moderate resistance, and feel the pedals all the way around. One legged pedaling? Doing it on a ride will improve your upper body balance and enhance confidence handling the bike. You get into better overall form pedaling with both legs working together, rather than doing one legged exercises, any way. Try pedaling up a hill with both hands off the handlebars. That'll teach balance and an even stroke as well as ILT, if I'm getting it right.