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15 Feb 2006

Cycling, gym & cross training
Would you recommend doing some short jogging (+-5km( say 2 to 3 times a week in between normal cycling training? Normal cycling training is riding 4 to 5 times a week in the morning for about 1.5 to 2 hours at a time on the road. Also gym work to strengthen the legs for cycling... I have started the seated legpress (3 x 10 reps) of 100 to 140kg; as well as lying on stomach hamstring leg curls (3 x 10 reps), as well as standing leg curls (3 x 10 reps). AM I on the right track? Someone told me that the calf machines arent as important as the upper legs. Do you agree? Any other tips? Thanks
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Ed

It depends on the level of your cycling and your committment to it. I don't think that most people would recommend mixing running and cycling unless your purpose behind the cycling is general fitness. If it is performance, then I believe that you would be better off adding in either another 20 minutes of cycling, or some training for core stability. i think that many cyclists have tremendous leg strength, but may not always have the stable core and trunk from which to produce the power, so if you want to make a difference to your cycling, then adding in core work is vital. If you want to make a difference to your fitness, then adding in running is a very good thing to do, but it may not necessarily help your cycling DURING the season. out of season, running is very good as an alternative exercise, but fitness and performance are so specific that if you want to be a better cyclist, then cycle, and vice versa for running.

Hope this helps.
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