By: Sean Burke
Strength training does not increase endurance performance, but you should probably do it anyway.
For a cyclist, you could define neuromuscular strength as: The ability of the muscle fibers to produce force. In the case of a cyclist this would be the force against the pedals. Endurance cycling doesn’t require much strength. From a practical and mathematic standpoint: The force required to push against the pedals while doing a 40K TT at 90 RPM in under an hour is less than 45lbs of force. Strength and force production simply aren’t a limiting component of putting out the power required for endurance performance. From a pure scientific standpoint: I am aware of no peer reviewed studies that indicate strength training in trained cyclists improves endurance performance, and I’ve seen several that show no increase. There is a preponderance of evidence to show that strength training will not improve your 20 or 40K. [Read more…] about Strength training and endurance performace