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.