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Old 08-14-09, 01:03 PM   #1
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Does an alternate form of exercise benefit your cycling?

Judo and other forms of martial arts that utilize grappling have definitely taught me how to take a fall with limited damage. It's definitely come in handy a few occasions when I've taken a bad spill. Not even just biking either, I was known for taking some spectular falls when I used to down hill ski. I've even had friends comment, "Really didn't think you were going to walk away from that one."

It's all in the tuck...
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Strength training helped me last winter.
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Weight lifting, StepMill, hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, XC skiing . . .
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Strength training helped me last winter.
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Weight training can be a great addition to cycling, especially during the off season.
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It's always good to work your lungs with other forms of intense, exhausting exercise. I like doing "fighting sprints" on a mini-trampoline while wearing weights. Or doing cross-jab-hooks on a punching bag holding 5lb dumbells in interval sets.
Weight lifting is good too, but it gets boring for me. I like to feel like I'm actually doing something while I work out, not just lifting a heavy thing like some robot. I get enough of that dehumanizing feeling with a job/school/etc.
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Old 08-14-09, 04:20 PM   #6
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I do weight training in the fall and Spring. Over the winter I have a rower, a trainer
and a snow shovel.
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Every morning, I flip out of bed and do 75 push ups non-stop. Not really that hard.
I also do weight training, but with lower weight and more reps.
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My gut was a saggy mess when I started riding again in mid-May. I was able to start core work, on abs and lower back, recently. Doing so has made a big difference in my ability to ride steadier and keep my head up.
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I use an elliptical cross trainer. Either for cardio or interval training.
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