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Old 10-09-06, 10:51 PM   #1
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Riding and muscle loss? Wrist pain.

Hi guys,

I started riding seriously last summer. By spring I was down from 200 to 180, but had lost upperbody strength and general size. (No more showing off the pecs.)

(My right wrist started giving me problems back in August, slowly my bike got to be dusty. Numb, popping... painful after 25 or so miles. Mainly it started bothering my ability to do mechanical repairs (Part of my job) with loss of strength in my fingers... and extremely sharp, drop the wrench type pain.)

I've kept at the same level of weight training, no real change in rep's or weight (See wrist) but since august I have most of the strenght/size back.

Why is it the more biking I do the more it seems my upper body muscle disappears?

Thanks guys
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Old 10-09-06, 11:14 PM   #2
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Eat more (and better)! Do you supplement with protein after lifting? If you don't, you should. As you lose fat, you also lose muscle.
Body builders are at their weakest before a competition, as they have lost muscle and strength in trying to eliminate excess fat.

I love this guy, he really knows his stuff.
http://www.mikemahler.com/
check out his weight training tips section.

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Old 10-10-06, 12:51 PM   #3
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I havent tried any suppliments for lifting... what would you guys suggest?
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Old 10-10-06, 02:24 PM   #4
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I believe and trust 2 laboratories: Twinlab and Universal. I personally use AminoFuel (liquid) and for the last 10 years (improved formula) gave me the results I expected.
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It's probably your diet. I lift weight alot and have been for 20 years. I think cycling is great for loosing fat and keeping muscle. I've lost 25 lbs since January and I'm still lifting the same weight. I take two protein shakes a day, one in the morning, and one at night after I lift.
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I'll bump up the protein intake! Report back in a couple weeks?

Interesting website linked to earlier, lots to read.
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Other training?

With all the riding did you notice that you might have cut back on other activities (time management and just plain tired). You might want to miss one or two days on the bike and do some weights if thats a concern.

Also as a few people mentioned watch the diet. Besides the shakes maybe add some protein at breakfast thats one area that most people miss out on (protein at breakfast).
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Hi guys,

I started riding seriously last summer. By spring I was down from 200 to 180, but had lost upperbody strength and general size. (No more showing off the pecs.)

(My right wrist started giving me problems back in August, slowly my bike got to be dusty. Numb, popping... painful after 25 or so miles. Mainly it started bothering my ability to do mechanical repairs (Part of my job) with loss of strength in my fingers... and extremely sharp, drop the wrench type pain.)

I've kept at the same level of weight training, no real change in rep's or weight (See wrist) but since august I have most of the strenght/size back.

Why is it the more biking I do the more it seems my upper body muscle disappears?

Thanks guys
Numbness, loss of strength and sharp pain is nothing to be trifled with. Get yourself to a physician. If you have something like carpal tunnel, early treatment improves the prognosis considerably.

As for the muscle loss, my guess is that:

a) You aren't eating anything during your rides
b) You aren't replacing the carbs you did burn right after you ride

Either of those will make it more likely that your body tears down muscle to replace gycogen. Look to replace the carbs you burnt during your ride.
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Here's another website, this one doesn't try to push any dvd's on you and is easier to read
It's a women's site, but most of the basic nutrition info applies to guys too.
http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displaysection.php?sid=4
the weight training stuff on there is awesome too.
as is this article on sport specific training-
http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displa...le.php?aid=138
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Eat more (and better)! Do you supplement with protein after lifting? If you don't, you should. As you lose fat, you also lose muscle.
I agree 100%. I had the same issue as you did last year. Everyone told me I looked skinny.
This year I increased my food intake and did not have the same issue.

As to what protein I supplement with, try

http://www.propeptide.com/products/promr.html

or in your case if you want extra calories:

http://www.propeptide.com/products/propeptidembf.html

Take the stuff daily and increase your good food intake. Remember to eat frequently. I strive for every three hours.
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Thanks again guys.

Kept the same weight training going, bumped up the calories by a good margin... seeing a bit more muscle. Looks like protein and calories were lacking!

I also swapped out my stem for a shorty 70 degree. Numb hands no more... also rearranged my desk after reading some ergonomic stuff about keyboards and mice.

Thanks again.
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