my college phys ed teacher mentioned a physiological "phenomenon?" that provides strengthening to the non dominate arm while playing racquetball. I don't remember what it was. but basically I remember it as: because the other arm was moving it was strengthening. so I would imagine that during all the agile running that takes place those arms are moving about quite a bit and are used to balance the body and even their weight is used to move the body. not like a boxer uses his arms but still, none the less, they are using their arms. sorry about the ignorant ramble but maybe there's a kinesiologist in the crowd that knows what I'm thinking about?
cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting
The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable. / Satan's not so bad.
I played soccer for a local club for 4 yrs and there is a lot more shoving/pushing/grabbing than you can imagine.
While these pics are undoubtedly picked to emphasize marathoners being weak vs sprinters being strong, they do make the point that sprinters all seem to have decent upper body muscles.
Usain Bolt, "widely regarded as the fastest sprinter ever" -
It appears that in a sport where you are on foot and sprinting, somehow upper body strength makes you faster at sprinting, so the additional weight of upper body muscles is made up for by them helping you sprint faster. Whereas in biking this is not the case - upper body muscles add mass and slow you down (a little) but have no benefit.
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My wife (uh huh) and I went over to Whiteface Mountain to watch the finish of a 100K Mountain Bike race a few weeks back. They ride up and over 2 mountains on dirt. Its a qualifier for the Leadville Colorado race later on. Those dudes were big. I'm 6' , 185 lbs. Not small, but I don't feel large. I felt small near the finishers of this race. They all seemed 6'2- 6'5 and had gigantic thighs, chests, calves, small hips, etc. I'd guess they were 180-220 lbs. Those guys/gals rule and carry much more size then road riders. They surely weren't crying when they took a spill. That is one tough sport. My wife said they were hot.
Where else but the internet can a bunch of cyclists go and be the tough guy? - - jdonTitanium Division
there is a need for upper body strength in soccer because when you tackle for the ball, you are basically jockeying for space. if your upper body is stronger than the other player, you have a better chance at being able to push them out of that space.