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Old 01-12-05, 12:58 PM   #1
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Strength training

Hey I know some of ya'll use to be big into lifting weights but have cut back for riding purposes. Now that school has started back, I have to choose between the gym or the trails. I have chosen the trails, now my question is what can I do to keep the strength I have and maybe gain a little bit more. Would push-ups and sits-up and just exercises with my own body weight do? I figure I could do some push-ups and what not at home when I get off work, before I start on homework. What do you guys do?
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Old 01-12-05, 01:41 PM   #2
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In your situation I would

Pushup
Pullup
situps

Will work the entire upper body and leave the legs to the bike
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Man I want to move to Austin....that said if you don't have some free weights then yea do crunches and push-ups. If you can do pull ups too even better. I don't know what they are called but don't forget your lower back as well, I call then reverse crunches. Lie on your belly and stretch out like superman. From this position raise your arms and upper body off the ground and hold for a count then lower. Do reps of these just like crunches to strengthen your lower back. You may want to pick up a cheap set of dumbell freeweights. I have a set that I do curls, tricept extensions, shrugs and other arm exercises with before I get on my trailer...darn cold, wet, snowy north east.
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Old 01-12-05, 04:05 PM   #4
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I don't know what they are called but don't forget your lower back as well, I call then reverse crunches. Lie on your belly and stretch out like superman. From this position raise your arms and upper body off the ground and hold for a count then lower. Do reps of these just like crunches to strengthen your lower back.
I always called these hyperextensions when I worked out at the gym.

I have a bowflex and am actually fairly impressed with it overall. Not the same as free weights, but at least my wife will use this (she wouldn't use free weights).
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read Serious Cycling by,uhhh..., i forget who now, but its a great book for that kind of stuff.
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