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Rollers or trainer for strenght training?(7 posts)

Rollers or trainer for strenght training?Fignons_ponytail
Jul 23, 2002 5:02 AM
All the talk of rollers v. trainers raised a question. I currently have a set of rollers I use in the off-season. However, I would like to incorporate some muscle tension type workouts into my routine (i.e. high resistance, low cadence).

Should I buy a fluid resistance unit for my rollers? Or, should I get a trainer--either the Tacx mag trainer or the Performance fluid trainer?
Get a single speed and ride it (nm)Lone Gunman
Jul 23, 2002 5:06 AM
Amen to that!Gregory Taylor
Jul 23, 2002 5:22 AM
A fixed gear will whup you into shape pretty dang quick. Pick a gear combo that you can push up the hills in your area with some effort -- make it hard, but not too hard. Do it regularly, and you WILL get stronger.

We have rolling hills in our area, and I get away with a 46 x 16 combo, which yields about 75 gear inches.

However, this doesn't answer your question, does it? Go with the fluid trainer over rollers to develop power.
What I find hard to believe is...Lone Gunman
Jul 23, 2002 5:46 AM
that someone who asks a legitimate question, is already using his equipment on hand to it's fullest potential. Riding a set of rollers or trainer in a 52x12 is hard work.
Agreed....Gregory Taylor
Jul 23, 2002 7:04 AM
Cranking along on rollers in the 52 X 12 is a lot of work. I just think that it is easier to do low cadence, high-muscle tension work (i.e, simulate climbing) on a fixed trainer.
Jul 23, 2002 11:33 AM
I actually spin out my 53x12 on the rollers. What I'm looking for is high resistance at 50-60 rpms. Will adding a fluid unit to my rollers let me achieve this, or should I go with a fluid trainer or Tacx's mag trainer designed for this type of workout?

And yes, I have a fixie, but in the winter, can only ride it on the weekends.
I've never used a fluid unit on rollers...Gregory Taylor
Jul 23, 2002 11:45 AM I can't help you with that. I do know that you can do that type of work out with a mag trainer. Get something that has variable resistance on the unit itself.