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Stop lifting before event?(4 posts)

Stop lifting before event?blw
Mar 7, 2003 6:15 PM
I have been lifting weights for the past 5 months, 3 days a week. It has been mostly upper body. I am doing a 70 mile event April 12th. Should I continue lifting up until the ride, or is it better to cut back or stop as I get closer to the event?
Try Shop Lifting instead :-0. nm.HAL9010
Mar 7, 2003 8:35 PM
re: Stop lifting before event?Milestogo
Mar 8, 2003 1:32 AM
If it is a 70 mile race, definitely cut back on shoulder work in the gym. Don't stop completely, just lighten the weights and add a few repetions. This will keep your muscles strong but avoid the soreness that comes with lifting the heavier weights. If this is just a casual ride, I wouldn't make any changes to your current routine.

Rich
Upper body and cycling?Kerry
Mar 9, 2003 6:34 PM
While we all need core strength, unless you were very weak in the upper body, you don't need a lot of upper body work to be a strong cyclist. You don't specify the type of event, but I assume it is not a race. In any case, unless you are really doing hard workouts with the weights, it probably has minimal impact on your event preparedness. After you get basic upper body strength, any other weight (muscles) just slows down your cycling.