I was really interested listening to one of the recent podcasts on strength training. Wasn’t sure whether to post there or here but anything - thought it might be good to clarify. Looking through the subsequent posts can I just confirm then that the best reps and sets combo for cyclists (I’m actually a triathlete - half and full distance) is to only do upto 5 reps (so obviously a really heavy weight) ie to exhaustion and you only need to do this once or at the most two sets.
I do actually have a coach at the moment and on the gym sessions his prescribed reps ad sets are 1st set 15, 2nd set 12. So am I wasting my time doing this? Am I better off doing much heavier so that I can only lift a maximum of 5?
Two follow ups -
- What do you recommend as a warm up in the gym - so cardio or some light reps first of the exercise you are about to do before going into the heavy stuff?
- Im obviously in base at the mo. Are you suggesting these sets and reps pretty much stay the same the year round and the progression comes that as you can start doing more than 5 reps in any of the exercises you move to a heavier weight
Thanks for clarifications