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Old 04-30-07, 09:59 AM   #1
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Lower body workouts during riding season?

So I'm trying to adjust my gym schedule with my riding schedule. I've tried doing my 20-25 mile loop and going directly to the gym but I get there and don't have the umph for lifting that I would normally have. I like to go in fresh. Then I've tried lifting first then riding directly after. That only left me slower on the bike with jello legs, which are never fun on big climbs. Does anyone work there lower body in the gym during the peak riding season? Im trying to figure out the best way to go about this so that I stay in shape. Does anyone do any work in the gym at all during the warm months, or is it all done on the bike? I definately can't give up upper body/ab/core workouts but lower body I guess I could slow down on. Suggestions?
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I work out at the gym twice a week all winter, and I ride all winter, too. About mid-March I slow down to once a week. About mid-May I cut that one out, too. I always lift after riding, never fresh. You won't be able to lift as much, but it will make you a better rider, if that's what you're after. If you want to be a better lifter, lift first. Gym rats always do cardio after lifting for that reason.

I only do high rep work at the gym. I've tried many different systems and that's what works the best for me. If I ride back from the gym, I do a couple of hard sprints on the way home. That really cooks my legs good.
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Yes I do, but I stick to maintenance only. Don't get to manyly and try to build lower body muscle - just plug away with the weight you can do now. You can try to add a rep every couple weeks, but otherwise I'd stay right there. I also advocate a heavy rep scheme. Find your 5 rep max and do 3-4 sets of 5 with that.

Unless you've never lifted "heavy", in which case, stick to whatever rep scheme you've been using.
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