Weightlifting for strength will likely be detrimental to endurance cycling performance in trained cyclists.Tapeworm said:Ok, I'll bite.
It won't change anything powe-wise except perhaps your 5 second max power.
Plenty of other reasons to do weights though such as bone density, muscle imbalances etc.
As for going past 90 degrees, well Mark Rippetoe has a few things to say about that:-
just curious, is there any hard evidence that going past the 90 degree mark IS actually bad for the knees. Cuz I being doing it for years and my knees haven't blown out yet... So there's n=1 so far.
Alex Simmons/RST said:...Weightlifting won't have much impact on bone mineral density. You'd need some level of impact activity such as running for that....
Well this is a cycling training forum but even then the evidence for weights and BMD in older people is equivocal. Here are some samples to illustrate:Tapeworm said:Agree with you on all points Alex, except this one:-
Heaps of studies showing that weight training increases bone density. There have also been some that have shown no difference. Not to say impact sports wouldn't be better, but by and large the majority seem to conclude that it will have positive effects, especially in older age.
Nice, didn't see that one.Tapeworm said:My parry and riposte:-
Resistance training improves BMD, but not as much as running once lean body mass is taken into account.
Alex Simmons/RST said:Nice, didn't see that one.
Still, if BMD is an issue, I think there are better ways of addressing it than weight bearing exercise.