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Weight Training for Cycling: The Ultimate Guide Base Plan


Christopher Burnham

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14 Weeks

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From the popular book Weight Training for Cycling: The Ultimate Guide this is the base weight training program to kick off your strength training program. Included in this program is a 2 week transition period and a 12 week progressive base training program. While originally written for cyclists, this program would work well for any endurance athlete.

This program is a 3-day a week strength training program that can be used with your cycling training. Our recommendation is to do your strength training on your harder riding days. This allows you to concentrate your hard work, as well as concentrate your recovery. This leads to bigger gains and can avoids over-training.

Included with the training plan is a detailed exercise guide (attached to first weeks workouts) with clear instructions for all of the prescribed movements. While reading the book Weight Training for Cycling:The Ultimate Guide is helpful before starting this program, it isn't required.

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Christopher Burnham

Burnham Coaching

Why you train, your goals, and the demands of your event are essential questions. By assessing the demands of your event, your current physiological condition, your goals, and your ability to train, we will create a structured training plan that will help you achieve your goals and bring you closer to your genetic potential. Using a balance of science, experience, and practicality has allowed our athletes to achieve their goals in record time.

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