Training & Nutrition - biking and unbalanced musculatures
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11-17-07, 09:46 AM
Do you guys find that biking leads to an unbalanced musculature especially in the thighs? I'm not riding clipless, but I'm not sure that would have much affect on the problem. When I'm doing things besides riding (running, walking, martial arts), the musculature propagated by cycling feels and looks a bit unnatural. For those of you that agree: have you found a solution?
Cross training. A little weight work in the winter, other sports like kayaking, basketball, etc when you want.
I'm not sure what you mean by unbalanced musculature in the thighs, but I've noticed that my hamstrings are tighter.
11-17-07, 12:27 PM
My legs have definately grown larger and stronger over the last few years, and I'm only now noticing that my upper body needs the same attention. Massive rick hard leg muscles, and soft squishy upper body. <sigh> at least winter is coming which will force me indoors.
11-17-07, 04:21 PM
The solution is very simple. Find a person of a sex that is attractive to you, and who thinks your legs look good. If they don't like your legs, put their crap out on the lawn. End of problem. Clipless pedals are good, too.
But that's why triathalons are so tough. Each discipline would like to have its own specialized musculature. Put them all together and you have a tri geek. Whatever.
Lift weights. Cycling does not do much for your hamstrings as much as running would.
11-19-07, 02:10 PM
I find the inclined back press with the pads set way low really help out the hamstrings up to the mid back. I can also spend days riding dropped.
11-19-07, 11:12 PM
Just try other activities. In addition to my triathlon training, I hike and climb on weekends and on some mornings I surf before doing my commute to work. While Im not winning physique competitions, my arms and shoulders are a hell of a lot less squishy than they used to be.
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