I have found my mountain biking much improved by body-weight routines with lots of complicated balance moves. Mobility, strength, endurance of the whole body, durability all better. I’d love to add one or two heavy lifts on these sessions too, but haven’t had a gym available. But even without that, i’m a lot more athletic. I’ve been using things like pistol squats, single-leg squats with exercise bands, stuff like that, in order to keep it challenging.
So i don’t have any idea how much my lifting has improved (i’m sure i’m a lot weaker in the main lifts than i was back in the day) but, paradoxically, i’m “stronger” than ever before.
For those of you who find you gain weight from lifting: how is that possible unless you’re eating a calorie surplus such that you’d expect to gain weight anyway? Isn’t that just . . . physics?? Or am i misunderstanding something?