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Extra Enjoyable With Recumbent Experimentation – BionicOldGuy

On Thursday I did my higher physique power coaching exercise then did a simple journey on my recumbent. Friday I attempted out the recumbent with a 28″ rear wheel and 20″ entrance. I did a bit of higher on my two native brief time trials, the digital loop and the “New Morgan Hill criterium” (that’s it’s title on Strava). These are good exams as a result of they’re shorter (one is about like working 1 / 4 mile and the opposite like working a half mile) and straightforward to get to, so I believe these will probably be my go to hurry exams sooner or later. Thursday’s higher physique exercise is posted right here, the journey 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 pace an excessive amount of as my instances with 28/20 weren’t a lot slower than 28/28 on time trials. Perhaps 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?

As regards 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 received higher outcomes for multi-set coaching. He identified that this can be vital for older adults which will have been inactive until now, so that they’ve misplaced muscle mass and try to get it again. Nonetheless, this research made the identical mistake evaluating single set to multi-set that many researchers do: the single-set coaching was finished on the identical depth because the multi-set coaching. A bonus of single-set coaching over multi-set is you could get your self to push more durable as a result of there aren’t 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 “sluggish negatives” that can be utilized to coax extra out of a single-set [1]. So I’ll persist with single-set coaching, which has labored effective for me for years, however be sure that I push myself fairly laborious.


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

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