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Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time Paperback – June 13, 2017
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Maximum Overload training played a key role in my new world record.
Denise Mueller, 147.7 mph
Few people, if any, spend more time studying power or know more about developing and increasing power in athletes than Jacques Devore. If you are looking to improve your performance in any sport, you owe it to yourself to read this book. --Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint
About the Author
Jacques DeVore is the founder of the Sirens & Titans Training Centers in West Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and licensed as an expert USA Cycling Coach. DeVore is the creator of the Maximum Overload training plan. DeVore has successfully trained hundreds of cyclists and triathletes with this program, including pro rider Dave Zabriskie. He lives in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA.
Roy M. Wallack is a fitness columnist at the Los Angeles Times, has freelanced for Outside, Men's Journal, Bicycling, Runner's World, and Competitor, among other publications. He the author of seven books including Bike for Life, The Traveling Cyclist, and Barefoot Running Step-by-Step. Wallack is also an endurance athlete and has competed in some of the most difficult athletic challenges on earth including the 750-mile Paris-Brest-Paris ride, and the Badwater Ultramarathon across California s Death Valley. He lives in Irvine, CA.
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Also, when you are providing a book of this type, I cannot overemphasize the benefit of using table/chart/etc. to communicate certain points... If you are delivering a training plan, illustrating it in a chart provides your reader the ability to digest the whole as opposed to continually flipping pages.... Also, as you are describing workout, including pace/timing/etc., use concrete and discrete language... What is a mini-set? Do mini-sets make up big/full sets? How much rest between efforts? What is the measure to determine how long that rest between efforts should be?
I believe there is some fantastic content in this book... It is unfortunate that the reader has to re-edit it to unlock the value.
I boiled down what he was saying into a few sets of workouts and it is definitely having a positive impact on my cycling. It's also very hard -- as it should be. Especially the first few weeks.
If only they had added some tables and charts and used a lot less words. As it is, I think this book rated a pamphlet of about 20 pages not this entire book. I'll use the information but I won't embarrass myself by crediting this book or recommending it. I'll just tell people how the workouts. I'd recommend finding a used copy and saving a lot of cash.
That being said, this is a GREAT BOOK on strength training!! ...as long as you have some background knowledge and skill, or are willing to hire some help.
And by that I don't mean it will only benefit racers or seasoned pros. The strength training contained in these pages will benefit anyone, even seniors just looking to stay active on a bike. But no matter who you are, you'll need a few years of cycling and strength training under your belt to be able to digest everything and incorporate it into your training. Or you'll need some additional guidance.
For example, there are some seemingly contradictory statements, like this one:
"The idea here is to get the body used to performing at APO for as long as possible without going to failure. That replicates what happens on a hard bike effort: You push hard, but at a sustainable pace. If you slip into failure, your ride is over; you’re wasted and can’t recover quickly enough to keep up with the peloton. The only time you want to go to failure is at the finish line."
Then in the very next paragraph:
"Once you establish your 6-reps-to-failure weight..."
The author is often prescribing exercises done with enough weight to take you to failure on a number of reps, while simultaneously preaching about NOT going to failure. It's easy to read that and be confused. Like I said, an experienced athlete who rides and lifts will understand how far to take these, what the goals are, and how to do them for max effect. You'll have to read the whole book, not just cherry-pick programs, and you'll have to write it out into a plan that makes sense to you. But all the info is there. And it works.
I was already doing a lot of these exercises and even using some of the periodization techniques, but not to the extent as outlined here. Now, having read the full book, I can see the genius in these protocols, and have re-written my winter training as a result.
With just a few more charts or better-written explanations of specific workout schedules, this would get 5 stars, easily. I should probably give it 5 stars as is, but am a little annoyed that such a smart author didn't spend a bit more time on visual design clarity.
It's a great book for trainers, coaches, and experienced cyclists. Just don't pick this up looking for a quick, easy-to-implement, training program. Think of it as a supplement. It doesn't replace a good coaching program, but it definitely holds its value for those who've already been through a few seasons of smart, organized training, and are looking for next-level strength training.
Wallack, Roy; Jacques DeVore. Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time (p. 43). Rodale. Kindle Edition.
My background is cyclist by way of rock climbing and crossfit. Jacques and Roy break down the relationship between power and strength and help explain how to maximize performance through weight training in addition to cycling training. It's too early for me to provide any before and afters, but the science is solid and I can see the difference weights made in other sports. This should be no different. Even one week in, I can feel the difference on the indoor trainer.
I'd definitely suggest this book for your off-season training. Also, feel free to give drop Jacques a line with any questions :)
Jacques' DeVore: firstname.lastname@example.org