I have had MRI's done repeatedly and doctors are always amazed at the build up of my bones were the ligaments attach. Well understood in Archeology circles as well, it's a common adaption and illustrates how the ligaments and bone adapt to long term stress. Reduction in injury is the goal
So everyone should do weights because you have good knees? I have good knees and don't do weights.
Can't imagine how strength could help in mud and sand??? Try it! Have you ever done a cross race were you basically stop to make a 90 degree turn only to be facing a steep grade? That skill is vital, even more important then strength I agree but to say strength in unimportant is a major overstatement.
I have done MTB and raced in all extremes. I stand by my comment and would suggest that if sand, mud or technical sections are part of the challenge then sessions practising technique in these situations is time better spent than in the gym.
I will not bother to address the idea that core strength and stability is not important to cyclist/humans. How many cyclist with bad backs does a PT need to see? If your legs are working against a weak core your..... Perhaps the cyclist your working with are atypical (more likely already very fit) but again you fail to see outside your small area of interest. Again reduction in injury alone warrants such training
I repeat that the majority of cycling related injuries are caused by poor set up, poor selection of cadence and too rapid a progression in training loads.
Tapeworm, I fully understand your point about training on the bike but keep in mind that over time imbalances occur that will effect you and your cycling.
You are wrong. See above. These "imbalances" have not been reported in the literature and are a creation of therapist and gym trainers who want your dollar.
Second, I personally started racing as a teen. I currently am about to turn 56. Cross training allow me to still train without overloading certain joints (I have a bad elbow from a cycling accident). As a TT specialist over time and without other forms of exercise I would predict an overall negative impact on you body.
I coach two guys in their 50s who insist on doing weights and have bulked up bodies that limit them on hills, limit their flexibility, increase their frontal area and limit their performance. I coach another rider who is 62 has cycled all his life, never does anything but cycle, is a multiple NZ Masters Road and TT champion and has a position on his TT bike that many 20 year olds would envy.
If you cross training in season then yes it could detrain certain aspects but training nonstop year after year will burn out most athletes besides creation of muscle imbalances.
These "muscle imbalances" are a figment of your and marketing guru's imaginations. Think for yourself, do some actual research and you will find this is another myth like supplements or training below 60% in the off season so your don't burst your capillaries.
Been there my friend, at one point I could ride a fast 100 miles daily in the mountains yet running across the road I pulled a muscle that was weeks to heal. So what I'm saying is weight training in it's varied form can be helpful to some cyclists if done correctly and at the right times. I here no reasonable argument to this statement. I am not challenging what your specific training does or that of highly trained sprinters on a track that most likely are extremely fit to begin with. Just the narrow band of inquiry applied to a general population
Love you're logic. You are arguing that we should do weights because of your personal experience. Our response is not our personal experience but our effort in reading the actual research and having the intelligence to differentiate between what is evidence based and what others are trying to sell you.
I had for years a well respected Russian coach. He got results no question. That was his job. He himself suffered from many of the effects from the way he was trained yet trained others the same. In his 40's his knees were toast. He always had a new crop of students in the pipeline so this did not matter to HIM! I refuse to train my students that way. Perhaps I will get fewer "results" but I can live with that
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