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Extra Enjoyable With Recumbent Experimentation – BionicOldGuy

On Thursday I did my higher physique power coaching exercise then did a straightforward experience on my recumbent. Friday I attempted out the recumbent with a 28″ rear wheel and 20″ entrance. I did somewhat higher on my two native quick time trials, the digital loop and the “New Morgan Hill criterium” (that’s it’s identify on Strava). These are good exams as a result of they’re shorter (one is about like operating 1 / 4 mile and the opposite like operating a half mile) and straightforward to get to, so I feel these can be my go to hurry exams sooner or later. Thursday’s higher physique exercise is posted right here, the experience is right here. Friday’s rides are right here and right here.

28″ rear wheel/20″ entrance. It is a little bit much less aero than the 28″/28″ mixture as a result of throughout a part of the pedal cycle the foot drops beneath the extent of the underside of the seat, resulting in extra frontal space. I don’t assume that impacts my velocity an excessive amount of as my occasions with 28/20 weren’t a lot slower than 28/28 on time trials. Possibly my nerdy engineer mind worries about all this an excessive amount of however I’ve enjoyable experimenting with it.

A number of Units are Higher Than Single Set?

With reference to power coaching, in his “Sweat Science” column in Outdoors journal, Alex Hutchinson reported on a research evaluating multi-set vs. single-set coaching for “hardgainers” (individuals who have hassle placing on muscle mass, like me). It confirmed they bought higher outcomes for multi-set coaching. He identified that this can be essential for older adults which will have been inactive until now, so that they’ve misplaced muscle mass and try to get it again. Nevertheless, this research made the identical mistake evaluating single set to multi-set that many researchers do: the single-set coaching was executed on the identical depth because the multi-set coaching. A bonus of single-set coaching over multi-set is you can get your self to push more durable as a result of you recognize there are not any extra units coming. So a correct comparability is between increased depth single-set vs. multi-set ought to have the only set be increased depth. Additionally, there are numerous tips like “breakdown coaching” and “gradual negatives” that can be utilized to coax extra out of a single-set [1]. So I’ll follow single-set coaching, which has labored wonderful for me for years, however make certain I push myself fairly arduous.


  1. Westcott, Wayne, and Tracy D’Arpino, Excessive-Depth Energy Coaching: The Most Efficient and Environment friendly Means for Creating Muscle and Energy, Wholesome Studying (2015).

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