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Weight trainingBill from WPB
Jun 26, 2003 6:56 AM
I am new in cycling. I do time trials only. Although I am a decent runner, it seems I lack the leg strength to really crank good times on the bike. I've been training pretty hard since Feb and have only been able to avg. 22.5 mph for a 10 mile TT. Would weight training help me to get faster ? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
What are you tinking?Dr Lizardo
Jun 26, 2003 9:03 AM
Your muscles from running are of no consequence when you are pedaling a bicycle. You must develop cycling specific muscles. Trya dis. Ride your bike. Ride in bigga gears at slow revolutions, dis creates da tension on da muscles and helps improve your on da bike power. Keepa da lifting of weights reserved for da off season, wattsa matta wit you? What's slow revolutions? Don't question me monkeyboy! slow is about 55 revolutions per minute.

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A time-trial is probably...Dwayne Barry
Jun 26, 2003 10:51 AM
the cycling discipline least likely to be influenced in a positive way by weightlifting.
the best case for weightsbrad nicholson
Jun 26, 2003 4:34 PM
"A group of researchers from the University of Maryland completed a study investigating the effects of weight training on lactate threshhold and endurance performance. The researchers randomly assigned 18 helathy males either to a group that engaged in resistance training for `12 weeks or to a control group. After 12 weeks despite no changes in maximal oxygen consumption, there was a 33 percent increase in cycling time to exhaustion at 75 percent peak oxygen consumption in the strength trained group. The improved endurance performance was associated with a 12 percent increase in the lactate threshold." - Ed Burke "Serious Cycling"
You're probably right...Dwayne Barry
Jun 27, 2003 2:16 AM
that is probably the best case, as there have been numerous studies that have shown no improvement in endurance sport performance associated with weight training. Did he give the reference for that study?
Jun 27, 2003 11:14 PM
I was reading some months or years ago exercise physiologist Dr Andrew Coggan (I understand he was at U of Maryland) stating there is no reference to a study used by Ed Burke in one of his books on the claimed benefits of weight training to cycling. Dr. Coggan asserts there is no peer reviewed proper study in existence that proves weight training is beneficial to cycling other than for match track sprinters.
Sad but true: it takes timeKerry
Jun 26, 2003 5:42 PM
An oft quoted bit of wisdom is that it takes 5 years to fully adapt to cycling as a sport. How long did it take you to get good at running? Four months? As our pseudo mobster friend suggested, you need to put in the miles.
Sad but true: it takes timeRIAN
Jun 27, 2003 3:39 AM
There are two areas where research has confirmed that weight training works on cycling leg power. The first is for sprint events. The second is for inexperienced cyclists in all disciplines. As you fall into the second category you will get a benefit in your first year or so from doing things like squats and leg extensions. After that, on-bike exercises like hill intervals and overgeared sessions like Dr Lizardo described will give you faster gains than anything you do in the gym.