I listening to episode 013 of the AACC podcast, and found Nate & Chad’s comments about strength training interesting compared to today.
Both stress rather strongly that cycling is so much an endurance sport that lifting weights for performance benefits is not a good use of any of your time. Nate offers GC contenders like Froome as an argument for as little muscle mass as possible. Within the past few episodes Chad mentioned Nibali breaking his hip from a minor fall as evidence for how unhealthy the specilization the undergo is, and how important it is for the rest of us to have some form of strength training. I also recall hearing in a recent episode about how strength training will increase fiber recruitment and can directly aid endurance exercise.
I don’t want to call attention to this as a “gotcha” moment or to shame anyone for developing their views. Rather, I would be happy if anyone could point out the driving forces behind a shift in opinion on strength training for cyclists and other endurance athletes, and whether this is localized or widespread shift.
I should add that I am very excited for the upcoming strength components to TrainerRoad!