First time doing 5x5 for press today. Holy crap, ow.
First time doing 5x5 for press today. Holy crap, ow.
Squatting over 100kg for the first time since October. Feels good man.
i was fighting to hold onto my weight after dropping a good amount of bodyweight... i was doing well with maintaining and actually some tiny micro-loads (1lb a week) then i got sick and missed 2.5 weeks of training.. ive lost some strength for sure.. not sure how bad it is.. trying to fight to hold on to it- but the sets are really hard.
Might be time to get on the ol' % train?
when I competed as a 198 I considered myself a Deadlifter.. My squat was solid- but Dead was better..
This year when I cut down to 181- my dead took a big hit, as my squat went up..
Now- if you compare me to other 181/masters my squat is clearly my standout lift
What do you guys think about trying to match hip and knee angles when lifting to the same movement of the pedal stroke? I was thinking about that when doing single leg presses and how far to go down/extend. But is there an easy/accurate way to even measure such a thing?
Weight room for full range of motion work; bike for specificity. The problem with only training weights is you don't get bike specific movements. The problem with only training bike is you don't get full range of motion development and so develop muscle imbalances. So I do both with the plan to vary the frequency of each as my needs change through the season.
Nicely said Brian
From someone who knows better than me, Craig Colduck:
Here it is in practice:Quote:
Single-leg Press is our bread and butter. Different foot and hip positions for different phases of pedal stroke, standing, seated, etc. I use high speed video to match joint angles and velocities for each rider. We mainly do it ballistically for power - throw the sled as far as you can - at different percentages of max to match up to different muscle contraction velocities for different phases of the acceleration (different cadences). We do a lot of single-leg plyos on boxes, stairs, bunjee sleds, etc during speed phases. Strength and power gains are extremely specific and do not necessarily transfer well. When Ryan Bayley beat Sean Eadie in the Commonwealth Games sprint final in 2002, Sean was tripling 250kg for a parallel back squat and Ryan was tripling 120kg On single-leg press, they were much closer (20kg) and so was the racing.
Also, it is my understanding that the guy who holds track records all across the USA in sprint events (Mansker) did the vast majority of his work outside of the gym.
So, my point is more that: There are more ways to skin cats than there are cats. Find the best way for you.
Well put! I really am new to lifting in general so just figured I would ask this to a cyclist.
I read that point on UP! Up! UP! which got me thinking, but I dont really see how you can measure speed and angles without a lot of assistance. Also with speeds that is not a constant anyway, unless you are focused on standing starts perhaps.
Im liking the 1 leg presses, even though they make me feel like a weak little girl. The guy beside me had what looked like 20x45kg plates on his, granted he did 2 reps with both legs.
2) You also have to figure out leg and back angles when you squat. Do this with the eye of a gym partner or your cell phone camera. I do single leg press and on the particular rack that I'm using, I have to keep my foot more forward than normal on the platform to get the stress through the knee the same as on the bike. If you don't, you'll get that early-season knee ache on the top of your knees.
3) Don't worry about how many plates you move in the gym...on ANY exercise. The purpose of gym work is to put enough strain on your muscles to stimulate supercompensation (growth) later. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU DO IT (for the most part):
4) Progression takes time. Right now I'm single-leg pressing weights that I double-leg pressed in December. It's a slow progression.
While we are on the subject, I really think that an athlete's body type plays a really big role in what training methodolgy will be most effective.
Consider the variables:
- Limb length (arms, legs)
- Lean Body Mass
- Muscle Fiber Type
Then add in extrinsic factors:
- Work Schedules
- Family schedules
- Access to gym equipment
- Access to a velodrome
There are so many variables. I think the journey is finding what works and (more importantly) what doesn't work for the individual.
The biggest skill that an athlete can learn is to pay attention to his/her body and mind. Pay attention to the body to see what it is (and is not) responding to. Pay attention to the mind and make honest no-BS assessments.
Intervals ... good for all, which intervals ... that depends.
Strength training ... good for all ... how to do it ... well that depends.
Aerobic training ... good for even sprinters ... how much and how to do it, again depends.
We all have the same 3 energy systems to train and will all pull from all 3 in any event, even sprints and endurance road races.
I am looking forward to my winter off season and seeing what some additional strength training might do to me for my first go at the 45+ age group in 2015.
I really wish there were a system in the US to support young track athletes so that they can train.
We should recognize that no plan has emerged as head-and-shoulders above the others. It's because the body is highly adaptable. So, it's best to pick the program that works with your life situation that is not adaptable (try as I might, my boss won't let work from the track between efforts).
One knock I have on too much specificity is there is a feedback mechanism as far as force production goes. If, for example, you never develop your hamstrings into your pedaling motion, more pedaling will never develop your hamstrings. If you strengthen them, through weight training for instance, all of the sudden you now have strong hamstrings and you can incorporate those muscles into your pedal stroke. This changes how you produce power on the bike! And it's not a result you'll get to using principles of specificity.
Realize that specificity is a training concept ported from endurance road cycling. Most road cyclists are not training muscle development, they are training an energy system. There are lots of ways to train your aerobic energy systems, and the best way is the one most specific to your sport. But for muscle development, I don't think specificity is the be-all and end-all of training; it might actually hurt you by promoting muscle imbalances and causing exploding knees, for example.
After all, we talk about partial squats and how bad they are for knees... what is a standing start but a partial squat? It stands to reason that if all you do for strength training are standing starts (or other force-pedaling motions), you might be developing muscle imbalances and the associated joint injuries.
I trained a full off-season only on the bike. There are training efforts that one can do to focus strengthen the hamstrings:
- Grinding big gears seated at low RPMs.
- Single-leg efforts
- Standing Starts (I've seen newbies pull hamstrings the first time they try proper standing starts for the reasons you state above).
- Focusing on the bottom and upstrokes of the pedal stroke.
Second, I'm talking about using your hamstrings the way you do in a squat or deadlift (as a hip extensor), not the way you do when trying to pull up on the pedals (knee flexor). I tried pulling up on the pedals last season and I started to have a bit of knee problems. The knee joint, I'm of the opinion now, is not meant to take pulling forces. The feet don't have opposable big toes, and pulling with your feet with lots of force is something that is just never really done by a human in the natural state of things.
There is no doubt there are muscle imbalances for cyclists, I have the girly arms and legs like a club to prove it. I think things like squats should be done to full extension as they are designed to work the whole body anyway, not simulate standing starts. I think the UPUPUP! book even describes them as supporting exercises so support the back and core, more than pure pedal strength (which is what they use the leg press for). So it would make more sense to do those in the full motion, especially when considering injury prevention.
Just for my own info, Im going to try and measure my leg angles on the bike and just SEE what they are on the press, as its really hard to tell sitting halfway upside down. Thinking some plexiglass, ruler and markers like my bike fitter uses.
Lombard's paradox describes a paradoxical muscular contraction in humans. When rising to stand from a sitting or squatting position, both the hamstrings and quadriceps contract at the same time, despite their being antagonists to each other.
Review by DC Rainmaker. It's very tri-centric, but you can see the features.
I've used it to measure my leg, arm, back, and foot angles.