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 higher on my two native quick time trials, the digital loop and the “New Morgan Hill criterium” (that’s it’s title on Strava). These are good assessments 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 will probably be my go to hurry assessments 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. 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 pace an excessive amount of as my instances 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 regards to power coaching, in his “Sweat Science” column in Exterior journal, Alex Hutchinson reported on a examine evaluating multi-set vs. single-set coaching for “hardgainers” (individuals who have bother placing on muscle mass, like me). It confirmed they acquired higher outcomes for multi-set coaching. He identified that this can be essential for older adults that will have been inactive until now, in order that they’ve misplaced muscle mass and try to get it again. Nonetheless, this examine 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 that you would be able to get your self to push tougher as a result of you understand 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 methods like “breakdown coaching” and “sluggish negatives” that can be utilized to coax extra out of a single-set [1]. So I’ll follow single-set coaching, which has labored positive for me for years, however ensure that I push myself fairly exhausting.


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

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