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Resistance Training for Elite-Level Track Cyclists

Parsons, Brentan CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 5 - pp 63-68
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181e97d97
Article

THE SPRINT IN TRACK CYCLING IS A VERY EXPLOSIVE EVENT IN A STRENGTH/POWER-DOMINANT SPORT. IT IS ONE OF THE FEW SPORTS THAT ELITE PRACTITIONERS AND COACHES REGARD GYM-BASED TRAINING, AS IMPORTANT IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT AS SPECIFIC TRACKBASED TRAINING. THE SPRINT DEMANDS, LIKE MANY PROFESSIONALS IN ATHLETIC PREPARATION, WOULD AGREE ARE THE OBVIOUS PHYSICAL FACTORS OF STRENGTH, SPEED, SPEED STRENGTH, AND EXPLOSIVE POWER. THESE REQUIREMENTS MAKE UP TRACK CYCLING'S CORE OF EXERCISES IN THE RESISTANCE-BASED CONDITIONING PROGRAM. TRACK CYCLING'S ENERGY SYSTEM DEMANDS AND THE BODY-GENERATED FORCES REQUIRE THE ABOVE QUALITIES TO BE WELL TRAINED FOR AN ATHLETE TO BE WORLD CLASS, AND IN THIS ARTICLE, WE WILL DISCUSS THESE REQUIREMENTS.

Physical Preparation Department, Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne, Australia

Brentan Parsons

is a physical preparation coach studying for his Masters of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Western Australia) while working at the Victorian Institute of Sport.

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