- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Velo Press (June 26, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884737439
- ISBN-13: 978-1884737435
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,742,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Weight Training for Cyclists (The Ultimate Training Series from VeloPress) Paperback – June 26, 1998
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Forget this book... get the above and you will be a stud.
I had already been using a strength training routine from Bill Pearl's "Strength Training", when I started reading this book and within a few chapters I found that I was making some mistakes in my form and technique. Additionally, I learned about a variety of exercises and techniques which added some spice to my time in the weight room.
The lessons from this book have benefited me greatly and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to put some purpose into their gym time.
If you haven't spent much time in a gym lifting weights then this book might be more valuable then I found it.
As a long-time cyclist and coach, the reviews that say this book is inferior are just plain wrong. Reading the book doesn't make you fitter. You have to practice what is taught in here. Additionally, the readers who pan it seem to have weight training backgrounds which likely pre-disposes them to their set ways of doing things in the gym. Bodybuilding techniques aren't cycling-specific.
Arguably this is the best book for that area of cycling that can improve your cycling the most, strength training.
I referred a friend to this site and was not happy to see the very negative review written by O'Toole. He and the other "bodybuilder" guy who panned the book claim to have all of this knowledge of weight training, so why did they buy the book? A bodybuilder may know his way around the gym, but I am betting that he has no idea how to write up an annual periodized training program specifically for cycling. If he did, then once again, why did he buy the book? Just to criticize it?
This is a book to inform cyclists on how to use weight training to improve their riding, and it does this perfectly. It tells you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. I strongly suggest it to anyone who wants to get stronger in the saddle!