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I just can't do it captain, i dont have the power!(5 posts)

I just can't do it captain, i dont have the power!QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Aug 7, 2002 5:57 PM
So im a copelands sport, and i see one of those stationary bikes. So, like the kid i am, i hop in and give it a spin. My max wattage was only 306 watts. Now thats pathetic. I also found that i can spin up to 140 rpm's with no problems or bouncing, if that does me any good. I'm really light though, about 107, and about 5'4. What do i need to do to get more power. I ride often(in time) not so far though. But i dont get power from riding the way i am, which is spinning. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

ps: sorry about the topic mix up in the thread down below...
First, get something to eatOffTheBack
Aug 7, 2002 6:34 PM
107 lbs? Gawd...no wonder you have no power... what's thicker, your top tube or your thighs? Go get a double bacon cheesburger and super-size fries, then come back. Ready? OK. If you want power you need to ride hard in a big gear. Spinning won't do it. Try doing some intervals, like 2 min on, 2 min off x 5 sets, and pick a gear where you can just maintain 90 rpm at your max effort. If you're not seeing stars at the end, you didn't go hard enough.

Don't do this every day (especially if you really are a kid), you should intersperse it with some LTHR rides and some recovery rides. Good luck!
Go fixed or SS and feel the power nmLone Gunman
Aug 8, 2002 3:29 AM
Hie thee to the weight room OphelliaGTDave
Aug 8, 2002 4:25 AM
Getcha some squats going on, leg extensions, hamstring curls, and calf raises. Mash some gears once in a while (overgear drills). The fixte idea is good too. Build slowly and be careful of your knees
One Word: ProteinGregory Taylor
Aug 8, 2002 5:54 AM
Another thing that you want to think about is making sure that you are getting enough protein in your diet to support those muscle-building strength exercises that you will soon be doing.

I'm not a sports physiologist or a doctor, but the one trick that I used that worked pretty well was to make sure that I ate some protein after a strength work out. A peanutbutter sandwich, some milk, lean roast beef, etc. If you want to go hi tech, Endurox R4 is a "recovery" drink that has protein in it to support muscle recovery after exercise. Frankly, you can get the same effect with a glass of skim chocolate milk.

Good luck!