Monthly Archives October 2017

Strength Training for Cyclists: Help or Hindrance?

The research done to date on the effects of weight training on cyclists has brought mixed results. The study done by Ben Hurley at the University of Maryland had 10 healthy men take up strength training (bench presses, hip flexions, knee extensions, knee flexions, press-ups, leg presses, lat pulldowns, arm curls, parallel squats, and bent-knee sit-ups) for 12 weeks, while eight other healthy men served as controls. After 12 weeks, the strength-trained men improved their endurance while cycling at an
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What You Need to Know About Training Zones

Training Zones When you’re trying to improve your riding, what’s more important – how far you ride, or how fast?  Those new to mountain biking and road cycling will improve just by riding more frequently and gradually building distance. However, after a few years further gains from that approach become harder to find, and the intelligent use of intensity and training zones in a structured cycling training plan assumes much greater importance. The Specificity Principle Part of the reason for
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5 Gadgets to Improve Your Cycling Training

Gadgets are definitely a thing with cycling. Here are five we reckon will have the biggest impact on your cycling training. Power Meter Yes, it’s entirely possible to be a great cyclist without a power meter. Having one doesn’t magically allow you to start pulling extra watts out of the air. However, success leaves clues. The fact the majority of the pro peloton is training and racing with them these days suggests they offer worthwhile advantages. The primary advantage is
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