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Old 09-08-08, 09:46 AM   #1
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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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Old 09-08-08, 09:49 AM   #2
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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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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.
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But why not just ride your bike outside all year round?
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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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