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    Similar workouts

    What other sports give a leg and cardio workout similar to cycling? Meaning is there anything i can do to keep my cycling form without actually cycling? Not sure how often i will be able to ride during the winter, so i am curious what else i can do to keep form.

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    get an indoor trainer and ride your bike. the only way you can maintain some kind of cycling form is to ride your bike. as for keeping a fitness base you can do many things. i run outside and on a treadmill durning the winter. i do core workouts too. i find when Spring hits i a have a real nice fitness base and i find my cycling legs a lot quicker. later.

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    Rowing is a pretty good proxy but obviously it is also not a winter sport.
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    I've read that Olympic ice skaters crosstrain with cycling. So play some hockey, eh?


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    Hockey sounds nice. By the way it doesn't have to be a winter sport, any indoor sports? How is squash for example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aMull View Post
    Hockey sounds nice. By the way it doesn't have to be a winter sport, any indoor sports? How is squash for example?
    Here's how I would classify the various sports:

    • Cycling--continuous & repetetive exercise; stresses mainly the front of the legs (quadriceps muscles)
    • Cross country skating and skiing--continuous & repetetive exercise; stresses mainly the front of the legs (quadriceps muscles)
    • Ice hockey--start & stop exercise; stresses mainly the front of the legs (quadriceps muscles)
    • Running and walking--continuous & repetetive exercise; stresses the backs of the legs (glutes and hamstrings)
    • squash--stop & start; stresses the backs of the legs (glutes and hamstrings)
    For cross-training (during the season), I would choose squash because it's the most different from cycling.

    For maintenence training (off-season), I would choose cross-country skating or skiing because it's the most similar to cycling.
    Last edited by Roody; 09-08-08 at 07:05 PM.


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    But why not just ride your bike outside all year round?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadSTPhilly View Post
    Rowing is a pretty good proxy but obviously it is also not a winter sport.
    You've not heard of indoor rowing machines? I used one regularly for 6 weeks last winter ... I would have used it longer but ran out of free time what with research papers, final exams, etc.

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    As for other winter exercises, here's what I do and/or have done ...

    1) keep cycling outside even in the winter when it is snowy and cold

    2) ride my trainer

    3) attend spinning classes

    4) weightlifting

    5) walking & jogging (indoors and out)

    6) cross-country skiing

    7) snowshoeing

    8) rowing machine


    There's lots you can do!

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