STRENGTH TRAIN­ING

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - TRAINING TIPS -

Should strength train­ing be cy­cling-spe­cific? We wouldn’t say that strength train­ing has to be cy­cling-spe­cific. We would even ask what a cy­cling-spe­cific strength move­ment would look like? If you said, “Leg press,” we would dis­agree as it doesn’t re­quire any core sta­bi­liza­tion while work­ing your leg. Cy­cling al­ways in­volves the hip in­ter­act­ing through the ab­domen up into the shoul­ders. A sin­gle leg dead­lift? This is a very pop­u­lar one in the books and in mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles. How­ever, there are not many peo­ple who can start di­rectly with that move­ment with­out first do­ing some ba­sic strength work to im­prove their bal­ance, mo­bil­ity and gen­eral abil­ity to move prop­erly.

Will do­ing strength train­ing mean putting on weight?

In most cases, we don’t see peo­ple putting on more mus­cle and weight when they in­clude strength train­ing in the gym. Since they are also do­ing their cy­cling work­outs – com­bin­ing strength work with aer­o­bic train­ing – their bod­ies don’t tend to bulk up. You get stronger be­cause the body learns to re­cruit more of the mus­cle that it is us­ing, not be­cause the mus­cle gets big­ger.

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