Can cylcling substitute leg workouts?

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    Jun 15, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    I love cycling and I hate doing leg workouts when I lift. I alternate lifting and cardio so when I workout my lower body my legs don't have as much strength when I go riding the next day and that bugs me. So is the cycling enough to build strength in my legs or do I need to do lower-body weight lifting to improve my ride? My rides are usually pretty intense and exhausting--up mountain passes, etc. I get a pretty good workout. Please tell me I can skip the squats.
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    Jun 15, 2009 6:21 PM GMT
    Strange. Doing leg workouts in the gym should benefit your cycling. Maybe you should allow a one day break between your leg workout, before you go cycling again.

    Personally, I think crosstraining is a good thing. When I first started working out, I really didn't any lower body exercises. My legs got naturally big from running. But as my upper body got bigger, I realized that I needed to improve my leg strength to help support the extra upper body mass. It has definitely helped. And I think I'm less prone to getting injured.

    So yes, continue with the squats. But take a break the next day.
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    Jun 15, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    I've always thought my legs were strong, but then I tried the Asstastic workout and learned of my folly. I think that as challenging as your cycling sounds, another leg workout would be good to add.
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    Jun 15, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    I wouldn´t do legs then cycling the next day. Perhaps you can find a way of doing legs in the gym at least once a week and then have another day when you cycle.

    BTW don´t fall for the big gear approach "as it builds muscles". It fucks up your knees.