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View Poll Results: Do you do resistance and/or cross training? Choose multiple responses as appropriate
I do no resistance training. (Choose other responses below as fit your situation.) 13 20.97%
I do no cross training 9 14.52%
I do light resistance training 6 9.68%
I do some cross training 11 17.74%
I do moderate resistance training 19 30.65%
I do moderate cross training 13 20.97%
I do intense resistance training 12 19.35%
I do a lot of cross training 6 9.68%
I have another response. Please tell us below. Thanks 9 14.52%
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Old 08-06-11, 06:05 AM   #1
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Do you do resistance and/or cross training? Choose multiple responses as appropriate

Do you do resistance and/or cross training? (Choose multiple responses as appropriate)

Study after study show the very positive effects of resistance and cross training for older adults, and the conclusion seems to be that intense, regular resistance and cross training with maximum efforts leads to the best results in health and slowed aging.

Also, many folks are not aware of the relationship between intense bicycling and osteoporosis, which has now been pretty well documented. It is believed that cross and resistance training, and engagement in heavy weight-bearing activities can help reverse or delay this process.

Resistance Training for the Older Population

"This novel study demonstrates that resistance training can reverse aspects of aging at the gene level. For years, personal trainers and fitness professionals have touted the functional movement and health benefits of resistance exercise. . . . also improves the muscle’s longevity profile at the molecular level. It is well-known that long-term resistance training is associated with a lower risk of age-associated morbidity and mortality. This original study may be a first step in explaining how some of these positive changes occur. "

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Old 08-06-11, 10:32 AM   #2
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The lack of response is most . . . . interesting!
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Old 08-06-11, 11:19 AM   #3
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The lack of response is most . . . . interesting!
It's Saturday.......everybodys probably out riding.
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It's Saturday.......everybodys probably out riding.
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I do TRX twice a week, and work with weights/cable machines once or twice a week. When I increase the bike miles I decrease the cross-training time. TRX has done more to strengthen my core than any other exercise system I've done. It dovetails nicely with bike training.
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Old 08-06-11, 01:27 PM   #6
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I "have another answer".

I work a physical job. I wrestle with my kids. Once in a while, I overdo it, and wind up popping a couple pills. The next day, I'm back at it.

Training? I live. I ride. That's enough structure.
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I got 3 months at the gym Monday. I was too sore to get back on the bike until Thursday.

I do a little cross training, some lite hiking, rowing in the winter.


I find working out at the gym is good for pretty much everything.
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I play r-ball once weekly in addition to the biking. I may get back into light weight lifting this winter. On the other hand, I may not.
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I have done it at various times, and I enjoy it, but I have a really hard time actually getting myself into a gym. I find the environment intimidating and have to fight with that every time I go.
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I have done it at various times, and I enjoy it, but I have a really hard time actually getting myself into a gym. I find the environment intimidating and have to fight with that every time I go.
Could be the wrong gym.

I see gym time as play. I just go in and have fun.
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cycling IS my cross-training.

my wife is my resistance training.
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How important is it that you cross dress for cross training?
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I cycle at least 3 times a week and lift free weights 3 times a week.
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Ok, I do cross train but I do not think of it that way; or as another has said biking is my cross training. I walk and until the heat hit I did not bike but I think I now will walk enough to keep the dog mellow and bike a lot more!!
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You always want to cross train, because that trains the muscles in different ways than they are normally used, which will reduce the chance of injury if you get into a situation where you are using the muscles in a way they aren't trained for, such as the front end washing out, bars getting jerked out of your hands, rear wheel getting taken out. You have to teach the muscles how to react to different situations. That's why one of the reasons that motorcycle road racers cross train by riding flat track, so that their muscles are used to handling a bike that's sliding sideways or drifting.
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It's Saturday.......everybodys probably out riding.
Or out of town for a couple days.
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I often do yoga or water aerobics at the local Y.
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Or out of town for a couple days.
To me, it is an interesting study about what polls/threads receive a lot of response/views and those that don't. Title? Subject matter? Encroachment on areas some folks do not want to reveal? Boring?

Anyway, I like to watch response and view numbers and try and figure it out.

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I work for the post office, I get all the resistance training and cross training I need at work.
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I used to play roller hockey which is pretty good xtraining. I'm not playing hockey anymore but I may start back doing some roller blading -- I can't run because it screws up my joints. I used to do three moderate (lets face it, wussy) weights sessions every week. I switched to one high intensity session once a week, following the recommendations in Body by Science. My muscle tone and weight are better than before.
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Im planning on doing light resistance training. Not alot maybe 3 days a week up to 20 pds. Right now Im more on losing this darn weight. But I know more muscle would help. I also like riding too much to make weights a top priority.
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I work for the post office, I get all the resistance training and cross training I need at work.
Im friendly with quite a few PO fellas and gals here and they all tell me its TOO much exercise.
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I train with weights, floor exercises w/DVDs, and yoga. I believe weight-bearing, resistance and flexibility training may help stave off osteoporosis. I fit the profile for it, (tall, thin, fair, female and 50+ ), so I'm not taking any chances!

From my experience, cycling, combined with weight training and yoga helps develop definition, toning and flexibility over my entire body.
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None of the above.... I just do not own a car ..
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