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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rochester, New York
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weight training ... someone explain Charmichael to me.
From the latest issue of Cycle Sport America, in the performance section, authored by Tim Pelot, a CTS senior coach;
"A properly designed strength training program can be beneficial for the cyclist by improving neuromuscular coordination, core stability, and joint integrity in order to prevent injury. In addition, because cycling only works in one plane of motion and is not a weight bearing activity, strength training can help balance out your body and improve bone density. Finally, for some cyclists, the increase in strength can lead to an improvement in power on the bike."
Question ... why is the power gain downplayed so dramatically? "Some cyclists?" Why would only "some cyclists" benefit. My own personal experience is that I bounce between lungs and legs as the limiter during the race season. Specifically, I start the season with strong legs and weaker legs. A month later, when the lungs catch up the legs become the limiter. After a little more strength training, the legs catch the lungs and they flip again. If I were unable to bring the legs back up to speed my legs would constantly be the limiter.
Finally, I have yet to see a pic of a pro tour race winner with skinny legs (save perhaps for Rasmussen). I just don't get it.