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 just a little 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 assessments as a result of they’re shorter (one is about like working 1 / 4 mile and the opposite like working a half mile) and simple to get to, so I feel these will probably be my go to hurry assessments 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. This can be 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. 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?

With 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 obtained higher outcomes for multi-set coaching. He identified that this can be vital for older adults which will have been inactive until now, in order that they’ve misplaced muscle mass and are attempting 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 which you could get your self to push more durable as a result of 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 methods 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 certain that I push myself fairly onerous.


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


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