Does anyone train only muscles specific to your sport?

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Does anyone train only muscles specific to your sport?

#1 Postby pumpkin » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:24 pm

The only sport/excercise I have consistently done is cycling which means I look like a much less exaggerated version of this guy:


My upper body is the same as him (practically no muscle or strength) but quads & calves decent (similar to a soccer player)

The guy in the pic is called Jason Kenny, a british 20yrold track racer. His physique is paying dividends for him and I was thinking, if I mainly want to be faster at bike racing (sprint/track) would it be such a bad idea to focus mostly on my legs?

Id still be into developing core strength & stronger shoulders to improve stability & reduce injury. But I think im only motivated to try for huge gains in bulk & power on my legs. I am getting a little ahead of myself though, ive only just begun conditioning myself for training, probably be a couple months before deciding upon direction.

Anybody else got freakishly big specific muscles for their sport?

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#2 Postby GinaKina » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:18 pm

I don't know the answer to your question. Personally, weight lifting IS my main sport, so the question doesn't really apply to me, either.

Just wanted to mention something funny. This guy approached me at the gym last week, asking what I was training for (I get this a lot), and he said that he was a cyclist, a sprinter, and that he hated lifting, but he did it to keep his upper body strong so that he could push people at the end of the race.

Hehe, sorry, I know that is no help, I just thought it was funny,

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#3 Postby zinzen » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:28 pm

Yeah, bodybuilding

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#4 Postby Wobbly Lifter » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:14 pm

Rarely work biceps or chest as they don't really help for weightlifting.
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#5 Postby sydneyvegan » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:25 pm

Apart from over all strength training, I target my neck and traps for Rugby.
I have a bit of a skinny neck, so it makes sense to build the muscles around it.

I've met a few top cyclists (My brother use to Own a Cycle shop)
Ranging from World Champ BMXers, Mountain Bikers (Paul Rowney, Trent Low) and a few Roadies and Track Cyclists
Most tended to have massive leg development, but very little upperbody size (Apart from BMXers and DownHill)
Some Trained in the gym, but they mainly focused on Legs and Abs.

I guess the exception would be the the Lead out Rider in Pursuits, who are usually pretty massive all over.
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#6 Postby Ilurvebroccoli » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:18 am

I rarely work my arms, mostly just my quads, calves, and core. I'm a competitive horseback rider, show jumper. And a dancer as well.

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