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Too much time in zone 5?

In my most recent studio spin class, I spent around 20 minutes out of 40 in Zone 5, and most of the rest in zone 4. The occasion before that I was in zone 5 for 23 mins out of 55, zone 4 for 17 and ...
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Using Google Fit - If I get my heart points (from cycling), should I care about getting my steps in?

Just started using Google Fit. I cycle fairly regularly, and quickly hit my target heart points per week - but I'm rarely hitting my steps goals per day. Does this matter? If I'm getting my exercise ...
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Do I really burn more calories in biking than hiking?

I use AllTrails app with Apple Watch to monitor my tracks and I am surprised that my biking burns more calories than my hiking. But I feel like hiking is more strenuous and handwork. Here are my ...
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help on supplementary exercise for cycling

so my question is pretty simple basically im a relative beginner at biking and was wondering what some good form of exercise would be on the days im not cycling thats not too taxing so i can still ...
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Can increasing exercise duration and intensity increase energy levels or overall stamina over time? Are there any known strategies to deal with this?

Background/Context Just over a year ago, I began bicycling. Partially due to the situation at the time and also because I just enjoyed it, I became more or less "addicted" in a way. I first ...
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right calf and right foot pain during cycling [closed]

I started using a recumbent bike in my home to use as a life long endeavor to be fit. The problem that has arisen is that my right foot and calf hurt after a few minutes on the bike. This is entirely ...
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Why is the aerobic system not used anymore upon a certain treshold?

When i look at my performance diagnostic for cycling, from a certain point on (~after fat max zone) the amount of fat burned decreases to zero (with increasing wattage) and only carbs are used to ...
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Why does weight training cause so much more DOMS than even extremely arduous bike rides?

One thing I do not fully grasp is why I have so much more intense Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness ("DOMS") after a bout of weightlifting at the gym during "leg day" versus an equally ...
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Is there anything wrong with just biking?

Lately I have decided that I need to get into shape. I have heard that most of weight loss begins in the kitchen, and I understand the concept of calories in -> calories out very well. My question ...
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How do I keep CONSTANT WATTAGE power on indoor bikes?

I have started with Zone 2 training, where it is important to keep constant wattage How would I do this on the equipment which supports this the best? Should it correct me by varying resistance or ...
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Stepper or helper to get on a stationary bike

Is there any kind of widget/equipment that helps people get on a bike who have trouble doing it on their own? Specifically stationary bikes. Looking for something simple and practical
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Which is better for core strength: cycling or running?

The question title is fairly self-explanatory. I used to be moderately fit because I cycled to the office, but two years of home working has seen my fitness levels plummet. I recently injured my back ...
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How much time do I have to recover for a football match after intense bicycling for 6 hours as a delivery person?

I am working as a Uber Eats in my bicycle this work is really intense I need to be faster than my competitors with motorbikers, fast for my competitors no take my orders. I really like this job ...
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Began bicycling cardio program a couple of weeks ago, and am still really tired all day. Is this normal?

I've restarted an exercise program, after a couple of years of not doing too much. I'm not particularly out of shape (45 yo, 5'10, 180 lbs), and can get through my program just fine, but I end up ...
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What to look for in a first spin bike?

With such a wide variety of brands and functions on the market, what are the main features that should be taken into account when choosing the first spin bike? For example, a belt or chain ...
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How does one train "against limits of endurance"?

I understand that limits of endurance are: limited amount of lactate one can reabsorb limited amount of carbs one can "refill" Assuming I cycle slow enough that I will never create more ...
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Does cycling make Anterior Pelvic Tilt worse?

I have APT and I'm wondering whether cycling can help fix it. Or, does it make it worse? I'm also looking for some sports that can help fix my condition because I get fed up quickly when just doing ...
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Physiological ideal endurance event: short interval/short rest OR long interval/long rest

Simplified Version: For an endurance event that is 100% intervals, what is an ideal rest period to maximize things like lactate clearing, glycogen replenishing, etc? Details: There is a cycling ...
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Is it right that frontal muscles above knee gets tired (don't like it) during bicycling with heightened load (>260W)?

I am doing 15 min cycling each day at home and each time I try am putting maximum load (by regulating load and decreasing RPM) for periods of 1 minute and 1.5 minute. I am keeping 85-90 RPM at these ...
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Tough workouts directly after waking up

I set up a new training plan for me and the only time during the day I have enough space for cycling training (with two children and a full time job) is directly after getting up. So I get up at 5am, ...
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What is the quickest way of replenishing glycogen stores post-workout?

I've recently taken up training for cycling quite intensively, and I was wondering what would be the fastest way of replenishing my glycogen stores before the next day's workout? I've drawn up a ...
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Bloody Nose/Sore Throat from Heavy Breathing During Endurance Sports

I've recently started cycling and running. I've been getting a dry throat and sometimes a bloody nose from the heavy breathing while doing these activities. I live in Arizona, and it's really hot and ...
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How does the timing of the cool-off phase affect the recovery?

When I see descriptions of training sessions there is almost always a warm-up phase, followed by e.g. a HIT unit, and finally a cool-off phase. From my understanding, the warm-up phase would be used ...
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Going to gym after cycling for 20 kms

Today I went cycling around Tokyo for 20 kilometres. Sometimes the roads were straight, sometimes I had to sharply climb, and sometimes I was lucky enough to just leave the bike itself and it was ...
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Does drinking water during a workout really help me?

I used to do a lot of long distance running but have since switch to biking for lower impact but when I ran I would never carry water even on hot summer days doing long, hard runs and have kept this ...
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DOMS and other Side Effects from Bicycling

Am I right that Bicycling causes less DOMS, soreness and similar negative side-effects than other forms of cardio exercise? (For similar cardio results). What are the main negative side effects of ...
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Impact of bicycling on muscle loss

I think one of the most effective methods for calorie burning is cycling , but I'm not sure can cycling actually cause muscle loss? I mean cycling for 1 hour a day , 1 or 2 months regularly and with ...
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Freestyle step platforms vs treadmills

How does just stepping up and down (a basic step) on a step platform compare with a treadmill? Can I just do basic steps while watching TV for my cardio workouts? How do they compare with stationary ...
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Running, Riding a bike and hard leg workout (each activity being done once time a week): is it sufficient to enhance my cardio?

Monday: I work out legs with horizontal legs press, squat, romanian deadlift, kind of lunges with the tractions assistance machine, legs extensions and legs curl (almost 2 hours, but it's only one ...
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What was the meaning of 5x5 sprint performance on cyclists? [closed]

Please help me, this is for my thesis. I really want to know what is the meaning of 5x5 sprint performance on/for cyclists?
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Importance of sleep: sleeping less since I increased my training (cycling)

I've been ramping up my training sessions (cycling) for the last few weeks to get in shape for a commitment I made. Getting ready for an ultra-endurance event in 2 years. I train about 4-5 times a ...
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How much weight should I lose before I start running?

I am presently a cyclist, doing about ~50 miles (~80 km) per week. I am considering getting into duathlons, but I am concerned with injuring myself. I presently weigh 214 pounds (~97 kg), and I don't ...
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Buying an exercise bike: magnetic versus spin

In the previous decade, I was a relatively strong cyclist, doing an average of 120 to 150 kilometres per week. I've since moved and had a kid, and just can't find the time for long outdoor rides. I've ...
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Can cycling with single leg improve endurance and increase slow twitch muscles with shorter workouts?

Can cycling with single leg improve endurance and increase slow twitch muscles with shorter workouts? Theory When muscle groups fatigue, they start to recruit larger motor units. That may explain ...
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Is cycling the best option to strength the thighs muscle and make them look smaller?

I am concern about my thighs size. I an adult men weighing 56.4 Kg, 165 cm tall (5.4 feet), considered as a short man. My last visit to a nutritionist, was a disaster. She told me that I should not ...
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Overgrown quadriceps of legs - crunching in the knees

I'm training the spinning (cycling) and currently I have overgrown quadriceps of legs (this is the diagnoze of my doctor). He advise me that I should train different part of the legs -not the ...
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Does biking really reduce fats from thighs?

Is biking really reduce fat from thighs and make them not touch ? Or it transform fats from thigh to muscles and so they will stay at the same size ? From this link, it seems that biking is useless: ...
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What is good strength training for a regular cyclist?

I am a cyclist that averages about 100 miles per week(mpw) between my commuting (50 mpw) and fun rides (varies 50-100 mpw). I want to build up my upper body strength and add some mass. What sort of ...
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Cycling in cold weather: dress warm or dress lightly?

I'm asking this question with a short bicycle trip to and from work in mind (approx. 15 minutes), so maybe there's no difference at all. When it's cold outside, should I dress warm when cycling to ...
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What unit is resistance on stationary bike?

I need to know how exactly speed is calculated on a stationary bike. For this I need to know in which units the resistance on the bike is set. The scale is from 1 to 25, but what exactly do these ...
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How long before carbs wear off?

I have a question about carbs for the first hour of a workout. I want to maintain 45 grams of carbs per hour of work out. I can eat right before the workout and be good for the first hour. But if I ...
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Benefits of different kinds of Cardio for Warmup

I'm going to the gym regularly for weight lifting for half a year now. I incorporate some light cardio (5 min) and a muscle specific warmup with an elastic band into my workout routine to get blood ...
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Why do people seem to find biking tiring even for short trips when exercise is supposed to enhance productivity and health?

Here's a study saying that exercise improves mental performance. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23795769 The health benefits of cycling are even known to outweigh the dangers of cycling. When ...
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Wrist pain when cycling for over an hour

I never had any injuries to my wrists in any sport, but I started to pick up cycling again (about 2 days a week) and when I go on for over an hour my wrists start hurting. I used to do cycling when ...
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My Max HR declines the more I exercise

I am 49 years old and have been doing endurance type sports since age 6 and started tracking my HR on the popular devices since 2004, attending every major training coarse I can and reading a few ...
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Impact of bike commute on running performance

I'm a runner and I currently run about 35-40 miles per week. Recently I was giving the possibility to commute to work twice a week using the bike. I would be given $0.30 for every ridden mile from to ...
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What time shall I eat Protein? (a regular cyclist who wanna gain shoulders)

I'm a little confused due to my situation. I bicycle a lot everyday as a mode of transport, however I do weight training 3 times a week specifically focusing on arms and shoulders. Overall, I'm new ...
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What's the highest heart rate that I can exercise and still be very fresh for work?

Walking and cycling to work can be healthy and can save money. Exercise is even known to improve productivity. Since tiredness affects job performance especially if it's a physical job, it's very ...
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Why do elite cyclists seem to have higher VO2 max tham elite marathon runners?

For example, Chris Froome's VO2 max was 84.6. Some were at least 90! http://blog.trainerroad.com/how-vo2-max-work-makes-you-fast-the-science-behind-it-all/ While marathon runners seem to fall between ...
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Aerobic capacity standards/classifications

Most strength sports have classifications and standards to assist athletes in the assessment of their current performance level. For example, these are the standards for men, ordered by weight class, ...
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