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Old 12-23-2007, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question one week 'till I ride...legs are weak! HELP

If i have one week to prepare myself for a big trip to Utah, what exercises and activities should I do for the next 7 days to get my legs in shape in a speedy way?

I would love to hear some core exercises, strength training, nose-touching - whatever!

Thanks Riders!
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Also if you dont have snow yet where you live, Ride your bike as often as possible.. Instead of taking your car to your friends house. ride your bike..
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Leg lifts and knee lifts help a lot. I think you will be sore no matter what though, just have fun and take plenty of beer breaks!
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Jogging and crunches
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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go to a gym near you and do all the leg machines they should have about 7 or 8 machines and then you could do squats, lunges, side squats, split suats, front squats. for core you can do crunches, reverse crunches, sit ups , bicycles

and you shouldnt do any thing the day before you go or else you will be really sore
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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with respect, you are prime in the middle of the category:

too little too late.

forget jogging; it is the worst exercise you can ever do for anything ever.

cycling is good, but is a war of attrition

the gym is my preference, but all year round, not the week before.

if you go to the gym and try to hustle some development, you will probably injure something and spend you time in the mountains sat on yer arse.

my advice... do the sitting against the wall with knees at a right angle, about 10 times a day (5 in the morning, 5 in the arvo) each for as long as you can endure. stretch before and after these exercises and most importantly stretch after and before your day on the hill.

and next year, use some bloody foresight!
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with respect, you are prime in the middle of the category:

too little too late.

forget jogging; it is the worst exercise you can ever do for anything ever.

cycling is good, but is a war of attrition

the gym is my preference, but all year round, not the week before.

if you go to the gym and try to hustle some development, you will probably injure something and spend you time in the mountains sat on yer arse.

my advice... do the sitting against the wall with knees at a right angle, about 10 times a day (5 in the morning, 5 in the arvo) each for as long as you can endure. stretch before and after these exercises and most importantly stretch after and before your day on the hill.

and next year, use some bloody foresight!
That jogging statement isn't even close to being true. You can dramatically increase your endurance over the course of a week by jogging, but going to the gym to increase your strength? You might as well sit on the couch and eat potato chips the entire week.

Sitting against a wall can help slightly, at least for preventing muscle fatigue, but it will do nothing for his overall endurance, cardio vascular benifits, cns adaption, etc.

I don't understand how you can say jogging is the worst exercise for everything. Are you one of those guys that goes to the gym and uses the elliptical? The only benefit of using an elliptical is you can talk to the young female using the elliptical next to you.
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Also, do not forget STRETCHING. Do that every day between now and when you go.
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I don't understand how you can say jogging is the worst exercise for everything. Are you one of those guys that goes to the gym and uses the elliptical?
no i am strictly a dumb bell monkey. my attitude towards jogging, are the consequences such activity has on the joints.
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no i am strictly a dumb bell monkey. my attitude towards jogging, are the consequences such activity has on the joints.
I agree that excessive jogging can cause joint problems, but jogging in moderation, especially in this scenario where it's only for one week to prepare for a snowboarding trip, can only be beneficial.
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