- leg muscle problems- advice please.
Hello there, I have recently started using some weights with my future father in law. He is 71 but still very strong as he has done weights all his life. I have been ok with the upper body work but today we did abs, calves and thighs. Abs were no problem but the other two I was useless!! I ride 6 days a week and can climb hills for hours but after only a few reps of calf raises and squats i felt my muscles about to pop. I was really embarressed as I am meant to have really strong legs. Can anyone make me feel better by giving me a logical explanation?Posted 9 years agostratobikerMember
“done weights all his life”
How would it be if you took him out on a bike?
You’re being daft, and he’s gonna screw your legs, fact.
Problem is that you’ll push on until you’re injured.
How long did you spend making sure you’re doing the effort correctly using the muscle that’s supposed to be used?
Oh, I give up…… bon recouperation 🙂Posted 9 years agoChunkyMTBMember
You’ve been using different muscles in different ways from years of cycling. Squats and calf raises will probably work them slightly different thats all. You’ll be alright after a few sessions.
(I have a feeling that the forum oracle will be along in a minute to correct me….)Posted 9 years agosteve_b77Member
You can’t take your 71 yr odl father-in-law to be out on a MTB ride, there’s only 2 possible out comes.
1) He hands your skinny weak legged ass to you again and then it gives him even more ammo to question your manlyness/suitability to marry his “wonderful” daughter, thus letting everyone know when he does the father of the bride speach on your big day.
2) He takes up the challenge and being a man who regards himself as very fit and healthy (and apparently strong) fails big time and either nearly dies or actually does. Then your beautiful wife to be will walk out on you for killing/nearly killing her father and you have to use your understrength legs to walk to the pub every night.
Either way you loose, FAIL!! 😆 😆Posted 9 years agoDezBSubscriber
I agree with ChunkyMTB (that surprised you 🙂 ) also cycling, you warm up slower and more naturally than just starting bouncing up and down with heavy weights.Posted 9 years ago
You’ll get bored with it anyway… it’s all so… exercise for the sake of it (personally, something I can’t stand)SteveTheBarbarianMember
I go down the gym a bit, do a few weights, run a bit, peddle like fury, but never do weights on my legs. I found it was giving me knee trouble, and simply not worth it – my legs are good for what I enjoy as it is.
I’m just saying – be carefull you don’t mess yourself up for what you enjoy.Posted 9 years agotraildogMember
You do not need massively strong legs for cycling. If you think about the actual forces involved in pushing the pedals round, it’s nothing compared to doing weights, even in powerful sprints. Cycling is about repeatedly pushing these relatively light forces as quickly as possible.Posted 9 years agoslowjoMember
I seem to remember someone like Matt from Torq writing an article about this sort of phenomenon. As traildog and others have said, cycling is about pushing small weights lots of times, cyclists are more fir than strong etc etc and this was reflected in the awful performances put in by cyclists on shows like Superstars. There really is very little crossover between cycling and other sports.
Overall then I wouldn’t worry particularly and just be thankful it wasn’t your 71 year old mother in law who owned you!Posted 9 years ago
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