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Old 01-31-18, 05:56 AM
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Light-weight exercise equipment on tour; Upper body workouts; Balanced exercise

Touring tends to give much more exercise to certain parts of the body than others. Pro cyclists often have unbalanced body development. Some even look like mixtures or chimeras -- half man, half ten-year-old girl. Lower bodies highly developed, strong, fit; upper bodies not.

Are there good ways you've used or come across to balance or complete the workout?

Flexibility, strength, endurance, attitude and energy enhancement are also among the possible results, goals and benefits. The book Spark: the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain deals with it from an interesting angle.

It would be nice at times to give the upper body a good, balanced, full workout on tour. Are there good types of light-weight exercise gear that would help with this?
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When touring I do not do any extra exercise, only do that at home. My longest tours have been no more than a month other than one that was a month and a half. Thus I am still in pretty good shape when I get home and get back to the health club for other exercises on lower back, arms and shoulders.

But if I was going to do some other exercise, I would consider making some straps like those sold by the TRX people.
https://www.trxtraining.com/

A health club that I used to go to used a lot of the TRX stuff, had classes, etc. You could carry some straps and loop them over a tree branch if you really wanted to do something like that. Or maybe a piece of rope could be substituted?
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Push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups . . . no extra equipment required.
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well, what do YOU do on tour to keep upper-body fit?
say you were out riding, on the katy perhaps,
what extra equipment would YOU carry?
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Elbow bending at the end of each day's ride.
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Push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups . . . no extra equipment required.
Its been keeping people fit for centuries.
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You're comparing the life of a "pro-cyclist" with people who have other things to do in their lives other than ride a bike. I have never ever considered upper body fitness to be an issue with me or with any touring cyclist I've ever seen. I believe this to be a non-issue for 99.999% of touring cyclist. However if you did feel you need to do something so that you don't look like "chimeras" a few push-ups and stuff like that would work just fine, no equipment required.

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Originally Posted by gerryl View Post
You're comparing "pro-cyclist" with people who have other things to do in their lives other than ride a bike. I have never ever considered upper body fitness to be an issue with me or with any touring cyclist I've ever seen. I believe this to be a non-issue for 99.999% of touring cyclist.
+1. How many people are out there on the road for such long periods of time that they don't have opportunities to work other muscles to the point their bodies become unbalanced? My first tour was nearly four months long. No imbalance occurred. At least not physical imbalance.
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You're going to carry exercise equipment with you? I do, it's called a bike. I like to swim after pedaling to clean up, yoga and stretching most mornings, grass or my sleeping pad works well for that.
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Room in a hostel or motel on an upper level. Carry that touring bike and your luggage up and down!
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Bike lifting. Bike chest press, bike squats, bike military press, bike curls, bike triceps extensions.
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Exercise for your jaws: eat.
Exercise for your tummy: eat.
And followed by training for your restus maximus: sleep.

All of the above pun intended.

Seriously, long distance cycling is cardio exercise enough in its own right. Recovery should take precedence. On the other hand, obviously it does not improve strength and if you still have energy and is well fed and well slept and well recovered, any strength training in a conventional gym setting is good. If not keen on that they bodyweight exercises like push ups, pull ups are good. If you have more mental energy then more complex bodyweight movements like gymnastics exercises are good.
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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post
well, what do YOU do on tour to keep upper-body fit?
say you were out riding, on the katy perhaps,
what extra equipment would YOU carry?
I would do a mix of yoga, stretching, calisthenics, isometrics, dynamic tension (preferred by most cats, large and small), extra protein, inspiration (including inspirational videos, see below), resistance bands (still researching these), variations on TRX and Rip:60, functional training, unilateral bodyweight exercises, and others. H

After researching a number of systems this morning, I ordered a suspension system. It has its appeals. Among which, I would enjoy it. Might as well enjoy what you do. I will also modify it to have a lighter version for lighter weight touring.

Wake-up-your-senses touring.

Wake-up-your-body touring.

Wake-up-your-mind touring.

Before touring.

For touring.

By touring.

This is a set of promos that have some interesting moments,

I love the way she says, "NOW" --


Here's someone who looks pretty fit,


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well, what do YOU do on tour to keep upper-body fit?
say you were out riding, on the katy perhaps,
what extra equipment would YOU carry?
Even if not him, +1.
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Even if not him, +1.
You don't think he threw in the towel, do you?
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...bodyweight exercises like push ups, pull ups are good. If you have more mental energy then more complex bodyweight movements like gymnastics exercises are good.
Good points. I've just today discovered a whole new world of interesting variations on calisthenic and bodyweight standards. I like the challenges, the new stuff, the previously unknown and untried.

Your mention of gymnastics is interesting. I'll follow up on that, and maybe get some rings. There's something about new levels of balance that I really like. It may involve new neurons and circuits. The changes seem to extend to other activities, and to the body itself. There is a kind of growth that happens. I had a close relative who loved to challenge, develop and extend her gymnastic and balance abilities. I can understand why.
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The breast stroke.

My local tours go from reservoir to reservoir .

Each afternoon I do the breast stroke half way out in the lake, turn around and come back.

Nothing magical about the breast stroke. I just don’t want to put my mouth in the lake water.
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Touring tends to give much more exercise to certain parts of the body than others. Pro cyclists often have unbalanced body development. Some even look like mixtures or chimeras -- half man, half ten-year-old girl. Lower bodies highly developed, strong, fit; upper bodies not.

Are there good ways you've used or come across to balance or complete the workout?

Flexibility, strength, endurance, attitude and energy enhancement are also among the possible results, goals and benefits. The book Spark: the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain deals with it from an interesting angle.

It would be nice at times to give the upper body a good, balanced, full workout on tour. Are there good types of light-weight exercise gear that would help with this?
Question.

How long a tour ot months on the road are you asking about.

For most of us, daily life requirements , ie. work, mean that a long tour is a month or less, and an extremely long tour is more than 2 months.

That's important, because your basic upper body condition isn't going to change that much in that time frame, so if you stayed fit before starting, that will carry long enough that there's no concern.

OTOH - folks doing super long tours of a year or so, may have a problem. But even for them, I suspect that the normal activities on tour will keep them fit enough.

So, unless you have a real reason to worry, don't.
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So, unless you have a real reason to worry, don't.[/QUOTE]

Most people here will tell you that if you tour more than a week or two you will feel the discomfort in your hands. I don’t care how much physical prep you did. You will feel it in your hands . Fingertip push-ups help.
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after reading all this, i've decided to try something a little...different.
i'm gonna..........go ride a bike. yes actually go on a bike tour
instead of posting in threads about poop or exercise equipment.

will take the train to aranyaprathet this sunday, spend
a week riding the border. i'll try not to worry about my upper
body shriveling away.

i'll not plan on digging any poop holes, cause
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