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weight training throughout season(4 posts)

weight training throughout seasonmaurizio
Feb 15, 2002 8:45 AM
How much and what kind of weight training can I do throughout the season? I've been on a program (so far) of 6 weeks of heavy that is migrating to more of a 20-25 rep. workout.
What seems to be the consensus for resistance training as the year progresses?
I do it for reasons other than cyclingcory
Feb 15, 2002 9:06 AM
You could probably make an argument that heavy lifting is detrimental to cycling, but I don't know ... Most of us don't gain huge amounts of muscle from resistance training, and anything that might help prevent injury is worth considering. I continue a light lifting program through the season because it makes the rest of my life so much easier, from doing yard work to lifting the bikes onto the car to just moving around. I think I'd gain more weight if I DIDN'T lift than I do from lifting--hey, I'd LIKE to add a couple of pounds to each pec. But I'm in my 50s and don't race, so your priorities might be different.
I do it for reasons other than cyclingBolo The Weight Lifter
Feb 15, 2002 9:27 AM
Unless you are pushing large amounts of weight, essentially near your maximum for just a few reps, lifting will not add significant muscle mass that would affect your climbing. To the contrary, lifting will give you more strength for sprints and climbs and is also a great way to improve your aerobic and especially your anaerobic breathing abilities.

Adding some upperbody strength, not mass, actually will help your climbing a lot as you will spend less energy using your upper body to pull up on the bars and have more energy for leg drive. I have never known anyone who has hurt themseleves from a cycling performance standpoint using a sensible weight training program with moderate weights and lots of reps and sets.
Bolo who? seriously.Leisure
Feb 17, 2002 12:49 AM
I assume you're not the same Bolo in the martial arts flicks. Just gotta ask.