CoachFergie said:And lets not forget this study, soon to be published in full, that provides excellent data that a cyclist who has been pedaling like he was riding uncoupled cranks for SEVEN years, what some would call immersion training, found that he improved efficiency and lowered metabolic cost by changing to a way of pedaling more like he was riding an uncoupled crankset.
" Unique Equipment
The lab creates all of their own cycling equipment in order to design experiments and control variables optimally.
One such piece of equipment is called an eccentric cycle ergometer – a bicycle whose pedals are driven by a motor as a way to test the cyclist’s lengthening contractions.
The main goal in using this machine is to resist the pedals as efficiently as possible given that the power of the motor is much greater than the cyclist’s leg power.
Martin said the movement measured on this machine is analogous to weight lifting: a person does not get sore as they lift the weight, but rather when a person sets the weight down – known as the eccentric, or lengthening, contraction.
“We have used this machine both as a training model and as a damage model,” Martin said. “You can do this very cautiously and get a tremendous training response. Or you can do it very recklessly and get incredibly sore.”
At the end of a 7-week training period using this machine, lab participants increased their power dramatically, Martin said. "
A dramatic increase in POWER, almost as good as PC's.