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Weight Training for Cyclists: A Total Body Program for Power and Endurance Paperback – November 1, 2008
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"Whether you are a new or seasoned rider, this book is for you and offers great illustrations of the changing approaches to off-the-bike training." -- Daily Peloton
"Weight Training for Cyclists covers everything you need to know. With detailed drawings of exercises that cover everything from stretching, upper, lower and core strength, as well as power development, you have a full training guide in your hands." -- BicycleSmile
"Weight Training for Cyclists presents clear and precise exercises for cyclists in a clear and logical order, with easy-to-follow drawings. An ideal book to help you gain power and endurance." -- Arrivee magazine
"A valuable resource for any cyclist. It not only gives you workouts, but it also takes you through finding a gym and a trainer, gym etiquette, the equipment, and more." -- BikeWorldNews.com
"The book is perfect to keep cyclists busy in the gym during the long, colder winter months. Gives enough challenging exercises and a variety of workouts to keep cyclists occupied on being stronger for spring." -- Salt Lake Tribune
"The volume is superbly illustrated with many line drawings showing a remarkable number of exercises." -- TheWashingMachinePost.net
From the Back Cover
Cyclists like to pile on the miles, but mileage alone can leave important muscle groups underdeveloped.
True improvement requires a balanced program of off-season weight training coupled with strength maintenance throughout the year to build total body strength. Weight Training for Cyclists will show you how to create the power you're looking for and make you a better overall rider.
You don't have to wait another season for the results you want.
By adopting this total body training program, you will improve your cycling strength, skills, and endurance--without adding bulk. In addition to building balanced strength, the resistance training program from authors Ken Doyle and Eric Schmitz will also:
- Improve sprinting power and climbing pace
- Increase bone density
- Boost lactate threshold and aerobic power
- Improve exercise efficiency
With detailed illustrations and instructions on how to perform the recommended exercises safely, Weight Training for Cyclists will help you develop the balanced program you need for success.
Ken Doyle has a degree in exercise physiology and is certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has coached teams and individual cyclists for 25 years, is a licensed coach with the U.S. Cycling Federation, and is the head coach of the Santa Barbara Special Olympics Cycling Team.
Eric Schmitz also has a degree in exercise physiology and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
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Disclaimer: I do not race but am interested in improving my randoneuring ability (climbing long steep sections mostly)
Before I try any new exercises I always check them with a trainer at my gym to make sure I am doing them correctly as anyone should do. This isn't a change from anything I normally would do, but based on some negative reviews on this site I feel it is a good step to check that I am doing everything correctly.
Buy it if you are trying to improve your cycling and don't know how to add weight training to your routine.
Don't buy it if you aren't serious about cycling and willing to spend time in a gym weight training to improve your riding.