Is strength training good for your cycling?
Well that’s what I’ve read in books and blogs, and the pro’s do it, so it must be good, right?
I’m going to check it out for myself and take you “along for the ride”
But first, a quick introduction…I’m Dale Smith, the store manager of Cycle Closet Adelaide, and I’ve been riding about 9 years now. I’m a keen roadie, I ride about 1000km a month and when I’m going ok Norton Summit takes about 16 minutes. Just so you can put me in the appropriate basket!!
Part of what I love about cycling is going faster, and I’ve got faster and faster since I started, even as I get older! (I’m 49). But in the last few years my improvement has plateaued – not what anyone wants – So I’d like to explore whether a block of strength and conditioning training can help get me to the next level.
The problem is, I don’t really know what I’m doing and if I do the wrong thing I could do more damage than good. Joining a gym doesn’t really excite me either, because I only want to try this for a month and then just ride!
Well, I’ve come across what promises to be a brilliant program created by experienced personal trainer and cyclist Nicki Jennison of Fitness Faster.
It’s called BikeBlitz and it’s a 4 week program focusing on cycling specific strength and conditioning. It also includes a comprehensive eating plan to properly fuel up.
It’s all online so I can do it all at home using basic equipment. I’ve had a quick look through and so far it looks extremely well thought out and structured, and at $96 it’s not expensive.
Will it make me faster? Well, I’m going to give it a crack and find out. As I said, I’ll let you know how it goes along the way.
Yes. It’s time for a BikeBlitz!
Stay tuned for my next Blog and find out what I find out!