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weight lifting during the season- bad idea?(5 posts)

weight lifting during the season- bad idea?bcm119
Sep 3, 2002 12:16 PM
I'm wondering if an occasional week or two of squats and other leg strengthening exercises is a bad idea during the time of the season you want to ride fast. I'm pretty skinny- 5'11" and 158, and if I don't lift for a month or more I start feeling like my power is waning. Anyone have ideas on this?
Building balanced Muscle is great for performanceMaartin
Sep 3, 2002 12:39 PM
Go for overall balance and muscle tone and you will perform better. Core, back and abdomin strength is as important as legs. Do not worry about bulking up. You need to train and eat like an animal (with steroids) to do that. Cardio work is only part of the fitness battle.
re: weight lifting during the season- bad idea?Fredrico
Sep 3, 2002 1:25 PM
I recently started lifting in preparation for winter, when darkness and bad weather sets in. The trouble is that lifting works the fast twitch muscles, which increases strength and power, but only for the short haul, like in sprinting or climbing short hills. It's the slow twitch fibers that will keep you going like the Everready bunny. The muscles bulked up from lifting will tire quickly, because they don't use aerobic energy, but finite amounts of chemicals stored in them, that once used up, need complete rest to replenish.

Nonetheless, after a week of lifting I felt great riding: alot from strengthening the neglected upper body. So I'm thinking of concentrating on everything but the legs, and maybe experimenting with limited squats and leg presses, just to see what it would do to the "cycling specific" muscles. I have a feeling that building strength and power can only enhance endurance, in the long run.

Do power workouts on the bikeKerry
Sep 3, 2002 5:16 PM
Seated climbing, stomp intervals, etc. will maintain your power and give you cycling specific exercise at the same time. Weights are generally not the deal during the season.
Do intervals and hillsempacher6seat
Sep 3, 2002 7:41 PM
From what I understand, intervals and hills are the most sport specific ways to add resistance training into your work out.

In running, when you run fast, the increase in load from your legs hammering on the ground is like doing weights. They will add mass to your legs but you will gain more strength (and speed) then you would from doing weights. The same is true for cycling and pretty much any other sport. The only way to train for being fast is to train fast! Plus, I doubt you would gain any benifit from only doing weights for 2 weeks.

Upper body weights would not be a bad idea. Like someone mentioned above, do core strength excersizes, abs, lower back, and I even heard shoulder and chest strength are important for standing climbs and sprints. Try for lower weight, higher rep workouts that emphisize strength and endurance more then size. Don't forget to warm up properly and stretch out afterwards!