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How many lift weights?

Old 04-12-11, 09:34 PM
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How many lift weights?

I started to lift weights,mainly dumbell exercises
I find it makes me stronger on the bike,and eliminates the dreaded ROADIE arm syndrome
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Old 04-12-11, 09:37 PM
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I do.
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Old 04-12-11, 09:40 PM
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i wish i had more of the dreaded roadie arm syndrome.
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I started lifting with the varsity football team at my high school this year. It was pretty humiliating, but to my surprise the players were incredibly chill about it and the workouts were structured really nicely, so it worked out.

Other than that, I climb at an indoor gym, but haven't done either form of arm workout in months...
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I do!
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I train with weights about three times a week. I know that it helps my overall fitness and stamina, which then translates into being a better athlete on the bike.

I won't call myself a lifter, but rather someone who weight-trains. I do not lift heavy weights, but rather focus on my form and long repetitions.
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Old 04-12-11, 10:52 PM
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Yep, I have lifted weights for more than half of my life. For me, weight lifting is far far easier than cycling. I would be happy if cycling came half as easy to me as weight lifting did.
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Old 04-12-11, 11:08 PM
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I do too. I usually start in September when cycling starts to slow down and end in February when cycling starts to become more intense.

So, only for part of the year and not to get big but to be fit, reinforce core strength and, of course, not look like a 90 pound weakling.
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Old 04-12-11, 11:16 PM
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I do, not as much as i'd like to but i'll do sets of tricep and bicep workouts with dumbbells. Pullups and pushups are done as well.
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do push ups count? Pretty much the only upper body exercise I do.
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Old 04-12-11, 11:25 PM
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Been lifting for about 20 years. Suffered some major setbacks the last two years (torn abs, degenerative shoulder, blown out knee and bulging disks). Working through it and trying to get back to my former size. The wife keeps telling me my arms and chest are getting small. I have no desire to look like a typical "roadie". No offense. Some of those indoor guys are pretty thick, but I have never desired to be skinny.
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Old 04-12-11, 11:26 PM
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I just got back from the gym lifting weights. I figure it is more calories expended at the least, and so will help me lose weight in general and become leaner in particular.
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I do push-ups, crunches, and leg lifts every evening before I shower.

Been doing leg presses, hamstring curls, leg extensions, calf raises, rowing exercises, and bench presses 2x a week as well.

Has it helped? Absolutely.
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started when i was 16....5 days a week....been consistent for 18 years (im 34)...now im cycling on saturday and sunday mornings as part of my routine....
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I'm a roadie and I have RAS. I should be lifting weights.
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I do as well. I tried last year to get my weight down and stopped doing upper body weights, but I realized I dont want to have a roadie physique. I am quite happy at being 6'0" and 180lb, and so have re-started upper body workouts 2x/week.
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hell yea..
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Old 04-13-11, 12:58 AM
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I throw around bags of salt, concrete, fertilizer, grass seed, etc. at work. That's enough for me.
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Old 04-13-11, 01:11 AM
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hell yea..
yeah bro, totally bro. Yoked bro.
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Old 04-13-11, 01:15 AM
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thats sooooo siiiiccckkkk broooooo we gunna catch some sweet swells??
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Old 04-13-11, 01:34 AM
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P90X and a couple of kettle balls.
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Old 04-13-11, 04:41 AM
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I do about 45 minutes of strength training 4-5 days a week.
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No, but I've been wanting to start. I'd welcome recommendations and/or links to good programs. Anything I should look into beyond P90X?
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Hm I haven't in a few months. Normally dumbell exercises, situps and crunches (situps get the hip flexors). I should start up again.
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Yes. Started last year, tapered off as started cycling more, but 2-3 times per week so I can keep the strength, but lose the bulk.
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