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Question relating post below post about weightrubendc19
Aug 20, 2003 7:41 PM
I was wondering out of all you who cycle so much, who has that Cyclist body, i.e. really thin with "SMALL" muscles showing, or not. The reason I ask is I like cycling alot, but I also lift weights, I'm trying to get a good lean cut, physique. I guess I can't complain since I'm trying to gain muscle I eat alot, because I know I will lose a bunch of calories when I do my cycling, just asking.......
re: Question relating post below post about weightcollegiateryder
Aug 20, 2003 9:39 PM
ive been bodybuilding for 3 years and cycling for 1 and found that even when i up my mileage to 30+ miles 4-5 times a weak i can maintain lean muscle mass if i consume enough protein and carbs. i try to take in 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day but its usually more like 1 gram per pound. im usually taking in about 2500-3000 cals per day. cylcing has helped me get very lean so im satistfied with how its mixing in with my weight training. the only problem is that its extremely difficult to gain more lean body mass, esp. upper body mass because im not in as much caloric overload/excess as i used to be before i started cycling and cycling can be very catabolic for muscle tissue if one isnt gassed up with enough carbs during a ride.
re: Question relating post below post about weightcollegiateryder
Aug 20, 2003 9:40 PM
ive been bodybuilding for 3 years and cycling for 1 and found that even when i up my mileage to 30+ miles 4-5 times a weak i can maintain lean muscle mass if i consume enough protein and carbs. i try to take in 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day but its usually more like 1 gram per pound. im usually taking in about 2500-3000 cals per day. cylcing has helped me get very lean so im satistfied with how its mixing in with my weight training. the only problem is that its extremely difficult to gain more lean body mass, esp. upper body mass because im not in as much caloric overload/excess as i used to be before i started cycling and cycling can be very catabolic for muscle tissue if one isnt gassed up with enough carbs during a ride. in case youre wondering my stats are 5'6.5" at 155 lbs and 8% bf.
Hilarious article in Bicycling Ragfiltersweep
Aug 21, 2003 4:41 AM
This month's Bicycling has an article on weight loss- discussing how much faster one can fly up hills if they lose 20 lbs. Then it goes on to tout the "South Beach Diet" (sorry- but can onyone take anything seriously if it has the word "South Beach" in it??). The entire article seemed more in place in a spring issue of Cosmo.

Most of my co-workers would think I'm very lean- but I'm no Tyler Hamilton. I've actually worked hard to keep muscle mass on this year by eating constantly when I'm not riding. When I started cycling I was a gym rat, and was disturbed at how much muscle I lost, and at how much strength I lost- but frankly, the "gym rat" body is more about appearance than about true health and fitness.
Hilarious article in Bicycling RagPaulCL
Aug 21, 2003 6:02 AM
I read that article. You're right - it belongs in Cosmo or Redbook but not Bicycling. But what do you expect, they are not trying to appeal to the hard core cyclist, but the weekend rider. That's OK for $12 per year.

I'm with you on the muscle loss thing. I am a three day per week gymrat during the months of Oct thru March. After March, I'm hardpressed to be in weight room more than one day per week. It is amazing how much muscle mass dissappears from cycling. My weight is down 15-20 lbs since March due to fat and muscle loss.

My plan this off season is do lift 70% lower body/ 30% upper. This will make me feel better and hopefully ride better in the Spring. In previous off seasons, I played racquetball three times per week. Not last year. I'm going to have to find some sort of aerobic activity to keep the weight off. But heck, I'll worry about that in October....

Paul
Did you guys notice...biknben
Aug 21, 2003 6:27 AM
Did you guys notice that that the diet book they touted is published by Rodale Press? The same publisher of the magazine. They were doing nothing but promoting one of their books. Total BS. Thankfully, I noticed that early on and realized I should get off the toilet anyway. I wiped my butt with their diet article. :-)
Hilarious article in Bicycling Ragfiltersweep
Aug 21, 2003 7:17 AM
"My plan this off season is do lift 70% lower body/ 30% upper." I've been thinking about the same thing- a reversal of earlier years. I'll also do a ton of cardio... I usually use an elliptical as I can't bear to "ride" indoors... or "run" for that matter.

Re: Bicycling- a few minutes on the toilet and the entire magazine is read... and I really don't care about any of the mtn bike stuff.
Shocking discovery.djg
Aug 21, 2003 10:18 AM
The magazine points out that the combination of, on the one hand, losing a great deal of weight while, on the other hand, building significant power, is tremendous help to one's climbing ability. Apparently it's the less weight PLUS more strength that's a really good combination. I did not know that.
re: Question relating post below post about weightoff roadie
Aug 21, 2003 7:38 AM
Most of my adult (and child) life, I;d been pretty thin. From 20-30, I never got over 175, and am 6'3". That includes some brief periods when i attempted weight lifting- there was just no way (at the time) for me to eat enough food to make it worth the effort.
When I started biking seriously (daily MTB rides, then added in longer road rides once ot twice a week) my weight shot UP, eventually to almost 190. Could be because I was over 30, but I think its mostly because my appitite was HUGE, and I fed it. I guess my body finally decided it needed to lay in some reserves for "high demand" days. A lot of that weight was fat, but a lot was muscle. Now I'm in the process of figuring out how to cut the fat, which is working slowly but surely. I can't say if I'm more fit or not, as I;ve had some major setbacks (like cardiac surgery for a birth defect) along the way. But I can say that cycling doesn't nescessarily result in loss of "bulk".
This is the kind of cycling body I want!t0adman
Aug 21, 2003 9:16 AM
This is the kind of cycling body I want!flying
Aug 21, 2003 11:19 AM
That is what I was going to suggest...........
I have seen many triathletes with very balanced bodies & they still ride 95% of most folks right off their wheel so.....