rustychain wrote:Gains made by explosive drills on the bike will lead to faster adaption but please consider that other factors are in play. Kind of like free weights as opposed to weight machines. Stabilizing, core and balance. Further ligaments, tendons adapt faster to the stress of weight bearing training. Further we are talking about off season cross training. I believe in cross training personaly.
What do tendons have to adapt to? Having done a extensive lit review on cycling injuries (got an A+) the main causes are incorrect set up, too high/low cadence and improper progression in training intensity. There is no evidence for cross training enhancing performance.
Are we not allowed to ride our bikes in the off season.
Max leg speed is of utmost importance to a track sprinter or BMX cyclist. Not so much in other areas of cycling. It's a big and deverse tent guys! (ever try spinning in mud and sand? Cobbles?)
Yes, yes and yes. I bring up sprinting and BMX as these areas represent the higher end of the power spectrum and I have presented data that strength is not relevant to these so would find it hard to believe that strength would be an advantage where power is far lower.
Again, something you guys are not hearing, I am not saying that weight training is good for all cyclist. I'm saying that for some individuals it may be helpful as an off season cross training thing. Is that harder to believe then standing next to a bit of plastic will make you unbalanced ( referring to the "thread" in chat)? You do realize to that many looking for advise here may not be full time elite athletes? Some may have different needs?
As well as coaching World Champions and Professionals I work with recreational riders and haven't seen a rider yet (in 19 years of coaching and prob coaching in various forms over a 1000 people) that I deemed was lacking in strength to perform any aspect of cycling.
I understand your passion for your specific disciplines. I also understand that colors everyones perspective. Your seeing what your looking for on a limited area of adaption. I prefer a holistic approach most often but even more so when asked general questions like is weight training good for a cyclist.
I look at things from a riders goals perspective. Rider has goal X, I assess the rider, I ascertain the demands of X and create a programme to facilitate then achieving the goals. I have had a goal or a rider that has necessitated the use of weight training to improve their bike riding.