# Tag Info

Accepted

### How to play video games while cycling on trainer?

I can play like this for an hour or so Get a multi elevation desk (Like this one around \$35 from Amazon) it allows you to lower and tilt the TV UP toward you reducing neck strain adding cheap armrest ...
• 126

### How much time and what type of nutrition will make my leg muscles like professional cyclist?

To have legs like professional cyclists you need to train like one. With only 20 minutes a day you are not going to make it. You need to find time, many hours per day, most days a week. If you want to ...
• 1,116

### What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

My understanding is that high-intensity efforts are disproportionately taxing, and NP is a way of reflecting that. That is, if you went for one ride where you maintained a steady 75% FTP output, and ...
• 30.1k

### Does going faster always result in more calories burnt

All other things being equal, yes. The increase in effort more than makes up for the decrease in ride time. Consider two scenarios where one rides 20 km: first at 25 km/h, second at 30 km/h. In the ...
• 30.1k

### Does going faster always result in more calories burnt

Speaking purely in calories and power, this is just a small elaboration on Adam's answer: the power required to maintain a certain speed against aerodynamic drag is proportionate to the cube of that ...
• 32.9k

### What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

Focusing more on the empirical part of the question, consider the link that R. Chung gave in his first comment to Adam Rice's answer. That's the introductory chapter to Andrew Coggan's book, training ...
• 32.9k

### New to cycling, questions about over doing it

It depends on a lot of things, like how fit you are to start with and how well the bike fits you. The same distance can be a very different amount of effort depending on the surface, incline etc. But ...
• 60.3k

### Can cycling improve my stamina in soccer?

If you want to run fast, you need somewhat structured training. Normal bicycle commuting is certainly beneficial to ones health, but without structuring it it will be often too short fort endurance ...

### Is my daily bike route enough exercise for a 60 year old?

Enough for a little expertise - yes, enough to train for a 100 mile ride, no. If you are just looking for some healthy exercise you can gradually increase distance and/or speed and back off if you ...
• 75.7k

### Can cycling improve my stamina in soccer?

Cycling 2 km in 16 minutes is about 8 km/h which could be fast or slow depending on the gradient. No this won't do a lot for your running sprint, because climbing is about endurance, and running ...
• 127k
Accepted

### What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

I was very curious about where the 4th power came from. I thought it might be from some fundamental physics and/or physiology, but it doesn't. It's just the result of a curve fitting/regression ...
• 171
Accepted

### Pushing it to my max on a 7% 2kft climb. I'm cardio limited, but legs never hurt. How do I push it harder?

This type of effort very much comes down to W/Kg at FTP (Functional Threshold Power). You can get lighter, or you can work to raise FTP. There is no magic formula to improve FTP, it requires (beyond ...
• 18.3k

### How beneficial is it to swap bikes?

Bike weight and performance is only one factor. Your average speed and whether or not you have inclines would also factor in, of course. You can have a light bike with skinny wheels and burn as many ...
• 314
Accepted

### Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

Learning to listen to your body equates to developing discipline in your training. Changing the type of exercise can help you give specific muscle groups rest but you can still exercising without the ...
Accepted

### Spinning vs city bike riding to keep tone

I'd say riding outside is always better than a spin class or turbo-time. I ride a hilly commute to work throughout the winter 10x 30mins each way, but do intervals too - and ride fixed gear for extra ...
• 437

### Which exercises a cyclist should do before/after any ride?

I get enough stretching while getting my pants on before a ride. I take the first 10 minutes fairly slowly too, because its in traffic with lights. A drink of water before you go helps with pre-...
• 127k

### How beneficial is it to swap bikes?

In the end, you generally get a better workout when you have a faster bike. This is because you usually end up riding more often/longer distances than you would otherwise. Also, riding fast is fun. ...
• 5,735

### How can I prepare for cycling 60 km, before getting the bike?

Edit: As discussed in the comments, I assume that OP is allowed to take a total of 2 hours of breaks, not that the ride (moving time) itself must be shorter than 2 hours. A 30km/h average speed over ...
• 28.3k

### Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

You don't say how old you are but from your description, my guess is the problem may be dehydration which seems to affect us older guys more than younger ones. I experience this if I am not careful. ...
• 37

### Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

I have a habit of riding harder when I'm by myself. If I ride with a group or even with one other person I'm less likely to overdo it. Consider trying out a group ride. Try to pick a group where you ...

### Is it better to breathe through your nose or mouth when cycling?

Nose is a serious filter, pre-heater and humidity conditioner for the air. It is full of hairs that trap larger particles that are often germs or allergens. It moves air through the system of sinuses ...
• 7,889
Accepted

### Which exercises a cyclist should do before/after any ride?

I prefer light jogging or running before. If that's not possible then some light stretching would be good since it tends to warm up the muscles for more rigorous activity later on. Do not forget to ...
• 132

### How can I prepare for cycling 60 km, before getting the bike?

You can do so! I had a 5 year long break from cycling. Then one day I decided I'll resume cycling. On the first day of resuming cycling, I rode 2 kilometers. On the second day, I rode 15 kilometers. ...
• 19.8k

### Learning to listen to my body and stop over-exercise

Well, I think the obvious answer is listen to your body! Try not to push your self to the limit during the workout. However, you can start checking your HR-Monitor or setting Zone-Alarms on it. Try ...
• 185

### Which exercises a cyclist should do before/after any ride?

I'll answer a bit more broadly. Note that any links are not necessarily endorsements of the channel or organization who made the link, and that they're not guaranteed to be permanent. In all cases, I ...
• 32.9k

### Which exercises a cyclist should do before/after any ride?

I have found that dynamic stretching, moving between yoga poses such as the downward dog and mountain climbers (lunges with your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor) so that you are able to do 8 ...
• 93
Accepted

### Maximise exercise benefits

How to work abdominal muscles while riding? Get out of the saddle for long periods. Don't try to sprint, just stand on those pedals and work. Consciously pull your pelvis up with your stomach muscles,...
• 17.3k

### Maximise exercise benefits

Vary your cadence during your commute.High cadence (90 - 110+) will train the heart. Low cadence (60) in a Higher gear will give your Legs Back and Arms a good workout.Dont forget to do some regular ...