Legs... cycling vs lifting (or both?)

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    Jul 17, 2009 5:02 AM GMT
    What is the proportion of time you spend working out legs in a weight room vs cycling? Or do you only ride to get those great legs?

    I'm trying to sculpt my legs some and was wondering if I can get away with doing nothing but uppers in the weight room and for legs do nothing but run and bike. No idea why I hate doing legs in the weight room but it seems like a pretty common occurrence. I like running and biking 10000x more than doing squats, lunges, etc...

    What do you think?
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    Jul 17, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
    BAMatUF saidWhat is the proportion of time you spend working out legs in a weight room vs cycling? Or do you only ride to get those great legs?

    I'm trying to sculpt my legs some and was wondering if I can get away with doing nothing but uppers in the weight room and for legs do nothing but run and bike. No idea why I hate doing legs in the weight room but it seems like a pretty common occurrence. I like running and biking 10000x more than doing squats, lunges, etc...

    What do you think?
    Are you wanting to bulk up? Or do you want the tone look?
    If you are looking for tone, just cycle and rep the weights. Other wise, weights all the way.
    But I warn you, tone is better in the long run unless you want to live in the gym.
  • calibro

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    Jul 17, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    I cycle and ride for maybe 6-8 hours a day, so my lower body is pretty massive. If you're going to cycle, you need to make sure you're pushing heavy loads in order to build that muscle. But even with cycling shoes, anything on the bike is primarily a quad workout, with secondary use of everything else. If you only cycle, you'll over overdeveloped quads compared to the rest of the parts of your legs. I'm a great example of that icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 22, 2009 5:19 AM GMT
    both. i do weight training a couple times a week and cycle a couple times a week. i think to get bulk, you need to lift, but to tone you will need to cycle. either way your legs will look hot!
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    Aug 30, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    Do do very few leg exercises at the gym. I mostly do leg press for strength and reverse leg curls for balance. Otherwise, plenty of tough cycling pushes my quads and calves, They are rock hard and pretty big. The gym keeps them balanced. icon_smile.gif
  • NashRugger

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    Apr 20, 2010 3:38 AM GMT
    I'm just about to get back into riding, good god it has been nearly 2 years.

    I used to ride daily, and the days I didn't, I would leg press 450lbs because I'm about obsessed with nice, meaty legs. However, I have to work out my calves too, so I don't wind up like calibro and be all disproportional.
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    Apr 20, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    I teach cycling 3 times a week plus I bike everywhere around town. My thighs are gross for my stature.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 21, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    Both cycling and weight lifting can develop great legs. The key is consistency.
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    Jul 19, 2010 10:00 AM GMT
    I cycle quite a lot and I have legs that a sparrow would be ashamed of, so I'd go for the weights.
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    Jul 20, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
    if he's got long segments, even weights won't give big legs.
    Nothing will in fact.
    But they'll develop to their potential from biking alone if you do enough power work .Hills, hills, more hills and after that go do some more hills.
    and do race simulations, pushing hard for a long period.

    some pro cyclists look like walking toothpicks ( Rasmussen comes to mind ) .
    Others ( especially track racers) develop tree trunks.
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    Jul 20, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
    i usually do both, lift to gain mass, and cycle to tone it up at the same time... works for me...