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Old 02-18-12, 10:58 AM
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Why does Chris Hoy need so much upper body mass?

Can't argue with the results, but just curious why Chris Hoy needs so much upper body mass. Yes, he's a sprinter, and I understand the legs, but is he really pulling up on the bars that much? And why would he need those big pecs and lats as well?
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Old 02-18-12, 11:05 AM
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Must be because there is not only legs that work during a sprint. Also, there must be some need of "balance" between is upper and lower body. That way maybe he prevents injuries?

Honestly, I don't know.
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Old 02-18-12, 11:12 AM
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Because he can.
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because thats what happens when you can squat 227ish kilos/ 500 lbs.

silly roadies.
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
Can't argue with the results, but just curious why Chris Hoy needs so much upper body mass. Yes, he's a sprinter, and I understand the legs, but is he really pulling up on the bars that much? And why would he need those big pecs and lats as well?
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Most fast-twitch athletes in track & field are also chiseled. I'm guessing over the years they must have discovered a relationship, because it wasn't always so.
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Most fast-twitch athletes in track & field are also chiseled. I'm guessing over the years they must have discovered a relationship, because it wasn't always so.
again, the man can squat 500lbs. you are not going to find someone that can squat 500lb at his bodyweight, with a skinny upper body.
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Track sprinting is a totally different sport-- those guys do ~2300+ watts on a standing start and use every muscle in their body to do it. Roadies often forget that Cavendish, who is an incredible road sprinter, is a tiny little endurance guy on the track (he's a 2x world champion in the madison).

The translation goes something like:
road sprinter=> track endurance rider
track sprinter=> (american style) football player
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Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel must eat at the same place as Hoy.
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Originally Posted by generalkdi View Post

Must be because there is not only legs that work during a sprint. Also, there must be some need of "balance" between is upper and lower body.
I'm not going to speak for others, and I'm only speaking of road sprinting, but I have found that I definitely use my whole body for sprints. It definitely requires some sort of muscular balance to leverage the pedals effective for 'explosive' sprints. I find that I mostly use the upper body for stability, and to be able to rock the bike side to side which seems to have the effect of lengthening the pedal stroke.
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not much to do with road riding

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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
no much to do with road riding
I agree.
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He would look dumb if he had legs like that and no upper body. Also as said there's no way he'd squat what he does if he was a toothpick. It's all about balance. Fast on a track yes but point him up something like the col du tourmalet and he wouldn't be beating anyone up it.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Because he can.
This. Makes the crushing of enemies all the more sweeter...
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lats are very important for power output.
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"
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why are scottish people go bald?

I def have more lats than biceps is that just from riding?
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i would guess...

1. it does help give more leverage in a sprint
2. it probably helps him control the bike and muscle his way into (or simply hold) a good position, both of which are critical in track racing
3. because he can / because it looks better
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"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"
Mass lulz! As noted: /thread
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Must be because there is not only legs that work during a sprint. Also, there must be some need of "balance" between is upper and lower body. That way maybe he prevents injuries?

Honestly, I don't know.
In that pic, he looks like he has Eric Heiden legs, those things are stacked. My buddies used to marvel @ Eric's legs & how stacked they were.
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
Can't argue with the results, but just curious why Chris Hoy needs so much upper body mass. Yes, he's a sprinter, and I understand the legs, but is he really pulling up on the bars that much? And why would he need those big pecs and lats as well?
Would you prefer he was all legs? lmao
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I think the problem here is that the average roadie/cyclist looks at a guy like this and thinks "he is huge!" They think that because the average roadie/cyclist is somewhat of wispy beanpole. And the higher you get in the sport the wispyness gets worse. But if you look at the typical pro athlete across the board, this guy is a lot closer to normal and is pretty typical. He is about 6'1" 200lbs. That's about the average size of an NBA point guard, MLB player, NFL back, etc. This is the case of a world class all around athlete choosing to compete in cycling instead of one of the major sports such as football.(either kind) If he had grown up in the United States he would probably be in another sport.
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When sprinting (running), the upper body has to have mass/muscle to counteract the energy produced by the lower body. It's a balance thing for the body.

Also, leg presses aren't all that impressive
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