Not Strictly Weight Training….
…. Rather, Weight Training mixed with cycling. Currently, I enjoy cycling on a recreational basis. I previously had held hopes to perhaps compete in the future and/or do some long distance rides, however time has changed my mind and I am now focused on riding for my own happiness.
The question is what is the best way to incorporate weight training into my gym or exercise routine without the results being restricted by recreational rides a few times a week or the occasional spinning class?
Oh and I was thinking about doing gym three times a week, so I could split the week up into arms/shoulders, legs/core and back and chest. By not working the same muscle group more than once a week what will I achieve?
I am not too bothered about the dynamics of the muscle to speed ratio, I just want to improve my physique whilst continuing my hobby.
Hi Baston, i'm pretty new to cycling, but have had some experience with weight training in the past. As with most things, everyone is different, so experimentation is key to find out what works for you. However, if you've never lifted weights before, it might be advisable to start with a full body work out 2-3 times a week with basic exercises, starting with just a couple of sets of each exercise, and progressing from there to allow your body to adapt to the new stresses being placed on it. Don't let people drag you into split routines just yet, for the novice they tend to place too much stress on the body too quickly.