AF­TER SEE­ING PAVEL POL­JAN­SKI’S VEINED-LEGS PIC, I WANT TO ACHIEVE THAT – IS IT WORTH IT?

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To achieve the veinedlegs look, you’ll have to dou­ble your fit­ness. “High- level cy­clists have dou­ble the blood flow to their legs com­pared to recre­ational ex­er­cis­ers,” ex­plains vas­cu­lar ex­pert Dr De­babrata Mukher­jee. While you may have about 20 litres a minute cours­ing through your pis­tons, a pro like Pol­jan­ski pumps 40 litres a minute. “That con­trib­utes to bulging, prom­i­nent veins,” says Mukher­jee.

Prom­i­nent veins aren’t par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial; and like di­a­mond- carved calves and sec­ond­kneecap quads, not ev­ery rider can achieve the same aes­thetic.

But a few more veins ris­ing to the sur­face is def­i­nitely an indi­ca­tor of im­prov­ing fit­ness, says Mukher­jee.

“Since it re­flects lower sub­cu­ta­neous fat and higher blood vol­ume,” he says, “it’s some­thing that can in­di­cate a higher level of per­for­mance.”

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