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