stpetefl67 saidI am new to the sport and it seems like most guys do not do both?
I do but not more than 25lb pound dumbbells in sets, as increased mass is the enemy of tackling steep grades. For supersonic road cycling speeds you must be strong and light. Increased upper body muscle adds weight exponentially. I strength train with weights as well for increased core strength and to balance my body composition as I have massive leg muscles from cycling and intense hiking.
i'm not concerned about being light on my bike anymore. I ride for fun and i enjoy resistance training a lot. ALL serious cyclists train in the gym in the silly season. They benefit from the increased leg strength . Road bikers of course have ridiculously tiny upper bodies ,but have lots of endurance . mtbikers are more balanced because upper body strength is essential to good technical riding.
and lots guys who lift seriously ride bikes because it's low impact.
I've seen workouts for cyclists in magazines that seemed to concentrate on upper-body exercises with hardly any leg work. It seemed quite backward to me. My body is backwards for cycling anyway, but it doesn't stop me.
I was much faster the summer after I was very ill and lost 30 pounds, even though my legs were pretty wasted.
I do a lot of cycling on the road (150-200 miles per week on average during the warm season), but I also do resistance work on my upper body and core in the gym at least once or twice a week. Plus yoga. I end up stronger & more comfortable on the bike over long distances than back when I used to just ride exclusively.
I do both fairly avidly....probably am a more avid weight lifter than cyclist..but my natural body-type is more disposed to endurance than gaining muscle mass, so I guess I'm trying to compensate. Love both. Put me in a group of cyclists, and I'm usually the most muscular....but put me next to real weight lifters, and I look pretty slim.....
I love cycling and weight lifting. I usually go spinning 5 days a week. its an awesome way to get your cardio in and build monster legs. I do a mix of high resistance climbing and sprints. I also train for the ms150 which is mostly long endurance rides 5months of the year on the weekends. I always get compliments on my legs and i don't do any additional leg workouts. And i'm decently fast too. This year i had a sprint stretch of the ride where i maxed out my speed at 37mph on flats. Have a gps log to prove it