If you are a cyclist or runner then strength training is more than just gaining power; which can actually help you with your speed or power at race pace.
As cyclists and runners we tend to move our legs in one plane of motion and therefore use only certain hip muscles while others get a little neglected. Those neglected muscles are necessary for stabilization as well as helping us avoid injury when we fall or move in other directions than forward.
Nowadays athletes hardly have off season. They are always training hard and chasing points going from race to race, but our body cant handle that kind of performance through the year and so at some point something is going to give... you know, the weak link in the chain.
If you are the type that goes to gym and does leg press, leg extension, deadlifts, few upper body exercises and few core exercises then you're missing a lot of the smaller muscles that may not make you fast but can sure slow you down with an injury that can easily be prevented.
If you’re a mountain biker then you also have to think about shoulder stability as well.
Off season planning should always include lateral movements patterns with your legs, and external rotation (or as I call them the Anti-office movement patterns) with your arms.
Feel free to email if you have questions, or if you are in the Austin area come and get assessed and train the correct way for your endurance sport. I can show you the exercises that will address your specific weaknesses, take pictures of you doing them correctly and email them to you with specific directions.
I specialize in specific strength training for Mountain bike, Cyclocross, Road, and Running.
Book a session with Coach Ahmadi to create a custom training plan that includes the right endurance work, strength workouts and bodywork for you.
Coach Ahmadi's holistic approach to fitness includes a combination of functional training and bodywork. For over 15 years, Coach Ahmadi's methods work with pro athletes, weekend warriors, busy professionals, adaptive athletes and clients wanting to feel stronger, move efficiently, and correct pain or injury.