Training & Nutrition - Height : weight ratio
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I've read before about ideal height : weight ratios, especially for climbing. I'm dubious since power isn't taken into account, but I'm wondering if there is a height : weight ratio that is more prevalent amongst healthy cyclists. I'm 6'0 and in the low 160s, but I'm climbing and feeling slower and slower on the bike. A few years ago, I weighed in the 130s and was alot faster (and climbed alot easier). Is there a rule of thumb for finding a good middle ground?
03-31-10, 01:47 PM
I guess the key is to find the power to weight ratio that best suits you. That is likely to be as low a body weight as you can go without loosing power. I think a slow, steady weight loss would be best for this, as you would focus on loosing the minimum amount of muscle and maximum fat (which is easier said than done!)
03-31-10, 02:12 PM
you put on 30 lbs. what else changed to your physique? I'm not saying you are overweight, I'm just noting a significant increase in weight. maybe in addition to gaining weight something else happened to your body that is affecting your performance
03-31-10, 08:37 PM
Is there a rule of thumb for finding a good middle ground?Generally, world class climbers are around 2lb/inch. So if you're 6' tall that would be around 144lbs. That's not to say you will be a world class climber at 144 lbs :)
04-01-10, 02:38 AM
wonder if there is an ideal height / weight ratio for a man / woman partnership. I always seem to go for short brunettes who wear glasses.
04-01-10, 08:00 AM
Generally, world class climbers are around 2lb/inch. So if you're 6' tall that would be around 144lbs.
Which doesn't mean anything. Lance Armstrong (5 ft 9 1⁄2 inches) climbed at 160lbs -165lbs, proving being stick thin or the leanest, doesn't necessarily mean you will be the better climber.
04-01-10, 08:56 AM
well, he's old. meaning he's had more years to build muscle mass. plus he is a freak of nature. a good freak, but a freak just the same.
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