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Weight Gain(11 posts)

Weight Gainnetso
Dec 4, 2002 4:47 AM
I started going to the gym again - voila! I gained 7# in two weeks? However, I thought this would hurt my bike riding, it has not. I am riding better for some reason now that I am heavier. Why?
Dec 4, 2002 5:00 AM
Muscle weighs more than fat. If you did strength training to help your riding in the gym the benefit outweighed carrying the 7 lbs. more of muscle. You also probably used some fat to develop that extra 7 lbs. which means you most likely lost fat, gained muscle and improved conditioning.

That is a big shift in weight in two weeks though.
Dec 4, 2002 5:26 AM
I used to be a pro bodybuilder, therefore "muscle memory" comes into play in such a big weight gain. I weighed about 222 in contest shape before, when I retired I went down to 184. I was really skinny and weak. Went to 198 felt better. Now I weigh about 204-205 feel great, but it still bothers me to weigh so much at 60yo. My bodyfat is 11.58%.
I need advice from youbigrider
Dec 4, 2002 5:51 AM
What kind of workout do you recommend to gain some upper body fitness and size (not bodybuilder look but wrestler build) that could meet the following criteria

short workouts 3 to 6/week no longer than 1/2 hour
no very heavy weights that require spotters
limited to standard 300lb weight set with bench and incline

btw I would be seriously pleased with an 11% body fat index
I have been lazy in my eating habits and have reformed lately and want to build up a little more upper body mass to burn fat and look fitter.
I need advice from younetso
Dec 4, 2002 6:05 AM
Email me @, I can send you some info and a suggested workout. You should be able to do what you want very easily.
Dec 4, 2002 8:19 AM
So 1lb of muscle weighs more than 1lb of fat?
Dec 4, 2002 8:40 AM
That is true muscle weighs more! However, when I was younger and still competing, I could not ride any distance without my legs pumping up and becoming like boat anchors. I could sprint, I could probably tear up a crank, however 25 miles was a very long distance!
1lb of muscle weighs about the same as 1lb of feathers. (nm)Frith
Dec 4, 2002 9:30 AM
yep, but muscle is denser than fattrackee
Dec 4, 2002 9:40 AM
Muscle is approx. 4 times as dense as fat. Thats why ppl can lose inches but gain weight.
2 weeks isn't much time.dzrider
Dec 4, 2002 6:11 AM
One of the first changes I've noticed when I've started weight training is more mental than physical. It starts feeling normal to push really hard. I find there are many instances in cycling - like small rollers, slight headwinds, coming out of traffic - where I have to decide between fighting to maintain or regain momentum and relaxing. Weight training makes it mentally easier for me to struggle long b4 it could have a measurable difference on my physical ability to ride.
It's water dude!Kerry
Dec 4, 2002 5:12 PM
To gain 7 lb. in two weeks, you'd need to consume an excess of 1750 calories per day above your expenditure. Did you start eating like a pig when you hit the gym? Or did you just stress your muscles so that they took on water? I'll have to go with door number two.