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    Does doing gym workouts with weights have benefit to cycling

    Does doing gym workouts with weights have benefit to cycling

    I ride bike often. But i like to break up the routine, physically and mentally by hitting the gym.

    Right now for gym workouts do an hour of weights doing a mix of all body parts and nothing too heavy?

    anyone know of any gym workout plans i could follow
    like exercises that would be benefit to cycling.

    As we all do not use upper body much in cycling, what are good workouts for everything you can recommend?

    an example of a plan would be most helpful. thanks

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    Check out the book Weight Training for Cyclists.

    But unless you're a track sprinter, weight training won't do much for your cycling speed. You can use it to address imbalances and add strength to improve your posture, which can make long distances more comfortable. And if you are older then weight training can help maintain bone density and muscle mass.

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    It won't help you directly, but it will let you maintain/grow your muscles instead of letting your body burn them for fuel during intense cardio.

    Stairclimber, squats, and leg press type stuff can give you strength in the legs which could help you bullet up hills a little better.

    Edit: working your core will help you also
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    The only weight training I do in the gym is chest, shoulders, biceps, and core. It helps a LOT with long rides and I had better balance on the bike as well. I go to the gym 3 times a week and workout is only 30 minutes long.

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    to mindaugas: I would consider working out your back as well. Not necessarily for cycling purposes, but if you're working out your chest without adding muscle in the back, bad things can happen. I don't know exactly what it does, but my friend never worked oout his back while working out chest, and he had to get massive surgery for it.

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    lifting weights can cause inconsistencies, your body naturally favor one side of the other bla bla bla, when i was in college i swam and when i hit the gym, my back was the last thing i was worried about so i focused on chest and legs,arms. after an injury to my back it took me years to get strong again, being in your early 20's and wishing your were dead because of back pain isnt a fun one ( deteriorating disk with a small protrusion) it took me a long to be where i am now, point being creating an imbalance in your muscles is bad....

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    Quote Originally Posted by panamapete View Post
    point being creating an imbalance in your muscles is bad....
    I guess a lot of us are screwed then - big legs and no upper body muscle
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    Quote Originally Posted by veloboy971 View Post
    ] big legs and no upper body muscle
    more like giant quads and no hamstrings would be more of an issue

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