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Old 01-26-19, 10:37 PM
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Working the upper body also?

why is it the vast majority of cyclists I encounter look like they totally neglect to work out their upper bodies....having some upper body conditioning is helpful on the bike...some guys look like they bodies are mismatched... upper bodies are scrawny with big muscular legs....just an observation
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Old 01-26-19, 10:45 PM
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Building up muscles not needed for winning a race adds excess weight. They strive for upper-body anorexia.
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Old 01-26-19, 11:02 PM
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A friend and I were watching a stage of the Tour of California as they were getting to ready to start. My friend commented that with their big legs and scrawny arms they look like a praying mantis . I laughed and commented that they are in much better condition than we will ever be. I am concerned about the upper body and am thinking about incorporating some weight training on the days I am not cycling. Not a racer so don't worry about being competitive.
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Muscles are heavy. Moving weight takes energy. In endurance sports like running and cycling, carrying around muscles that aren’t contributing to moving forward is just extra effort for no more result.
I wouldn’t go as far as to call it anorexia, but upper body strength isn’t a big contributor, so while im sure that there’s a lot of conditioning involved; since having a good core helps your form, both in running and on the bike, you only want as much as you need, not more. Endurance athletes like pro cyclists and elite marathoners tend to be pretty lean. Triathletes, due to the swim, tend to be a little more evenly distributed, but they’re usually pretty slim too.
Compare them to Olympic (pool) swimmers, track cyclists, or track and field sprinters, who, due to the shorter duration and higher intensity of their competitions, require a heavier musculature than their long-distance counterparts.

For most of us, though, especially if we’re not pros or highly competitive amateurs, benefit from having a more balanced distribution,
If cycling is your main sport / fitness activity though, you’re still going to end up biased towards the legs.
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Old 01-26-19, 11:46 PM
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Yardwork. I did two days of transplanting and moving plants, pulling weeds, and trimming trees. I could barely walk later. I felt far worse than after completing a century ride. All things considered, I'd rather ride my bike.

I dont expect to ever be mistaken for a praying mantis.

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Old 01-26-19, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Building up muscles not needed for winning a race adds excess weight. They strive for upper-body anorexia.
why would someone wanna look like they are anorexic....if ur gonna be an athlete atleast look like it when ur not on ur bike
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You miss the point. For endurance athletes it"s function over form. They don't really care what they "look" like.
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[QUOTE=Happy Feet;20766047]You miss the point. For endurance athletes it"s function over form. They don't really care what they "look" like.[/QUO... seems ridiculous to look like half an athlete....all big legs and a scrawny upper body......
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They. Don’t. Care.
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
why would someone wanna look like they are anorexic....if ur gonna be an athlete atleast look like it when ur not on ur bike
The money? Not to mention the fame. For pro cyclist (and many enthusiasts) its all about these things, so a disproportional physique is of little concern. BTW, pro runners have a similar build.
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
why is it the vast majority of cyclists I encounter look like they totally neglect to work out their upper bodies....having some upper body conditioning is helpful on the bike...some guys look like they bodies are mismatched... upper bodies are scrawny with big muscular legs....just an observation
I don't follow what majority of cyclists do. I am in a minority and I make sure to do full body workouts 3 times per week...
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Vast majority you encounter,,,are these Pro level cyclist or hobbyist?
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most cyclists don't need to worry about their upper body; it's the belly fat that needs to be trimmed. Come to think of it, most people in America too.
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
some guys look like they bodies are mismatched... upper bodies are scrawny with big muscular legs....just an observation
Surely not!

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I think it's mostly the pure climbers who end up that way. Sprinters and power riders like Peter Sagan are usually more mesomorphic and evenly-proportioned in build. Almost completely devoid of fat, yes, but definitely not scrawny.

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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
The money? Not to mention the fame. For pro cyclist (and many enthusiasts) its all about these things, so a disproportional physique is of little concern. BTW, pro runners have a similar build.
runners are proportionate ...not asymmetrical looking sideshow freaks
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
I don't follow what majority of cyclists do. I am in a minority and I make sure to do full body workouts 3 times per week...
nice so when ur out and about the ladies will totally be checking u out.....
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runners are proportionate ...not asymmetrical looking sideshow freaks
I suppose I should have specified "distance" runners. Sprinters, on the other hand, have some of the most well-balanced physiques in all of athletics.

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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
why is it the vast majority of cyclists I encounter look like they totally neglect to work out their upper bodies....having some upper body conditioning is helpful on the bike...some guys look like they bodies are mismatched... upper bodies are scrawny with big muscular legs....just an observation
Your powers of observation are extraordinary.
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Newsflash: competitive athletes care more about performance than appearance.
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nice so when ur out and about the ladies will totally be checking u out.....
Maybe Soul Cycle is more your thing.
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most cyclists don't need to worry about their upper body; it's the belly fat that needs to be trimmed. Come to think of it, most people in America too.
Why do so many cyclists have excess belly fat despite having skinny upper bodies and riding so much ??...I think everyone would benefit from some resistance training.
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[QUOTE=robnol;20766051]
Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
You miss the point. For endurance athletes it"s function over form. They don't really care what they "look" like.[/QUO... seems ridiculous to look like half an athlete....all big legs and a scrawny upper body......
Yes ridiculous.. sure...

when you can do what they do but look so much better while doing it make sure to get back to us.

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Why do so many cyclists have excess belly fat despite having skinny upper bodies and riding so much ??...I think everyone would benefit from some resistance training.
Because belly fat is the last to go. Nearly impossible to get rid of entirely. And when there is very little in the way of muscle beneath it, you just see the fat.

Guys with strong abs can hide a little belly fat.
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