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This year I worked out all summer to get back in shape. I dropped the 20lb excess I had gained during my wife's two years of pregnancy. I still have a beer gut somewhat because I love to eat and drink beer, but I definitely strengthened my core.

I do martial arts on a heavy bag. Right now I'm just shadow boxing because my bag is outside and it's too cold lol. Kicking and punching for an hour or more at least three times a week.

I know you only mentioned legs, but I'm bringing all of this up because a total body workout along with cardio increases your stamina all around and makes you a better rider. I was very out of shape last season and I definitely notice the difference in my riding this year.

Core workouts are the most important and will also reduce the fatigue on your legs. If you have a strong core, you're more balanced thus taking some load off your legs.

For my core, I do an ab wheel exercise everyday. It took a month for me to be able to do it everyday and to be able to stretch all the way out and down. Such a simple tool and cheap investment for something that stregnthens your core so quickly and effectively.

The cardio you can get from kickboxing is awesome. Even when you shadowbox, you get a lot of cardio so long as you're still putting power into your punches and kicks. You'll get a leg workout from this as well as a core workout. On top of that, it's just plain fun and stress relieving.

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This year I worked out all summer to get back in shape. I dropped the 20lb excess I had gained during my wife's two years of pregnancy. I still have a beer gut somewhat because I love to eat and drink beer, but I definitely strengthened my core.

I do martial arts on a heavy bag. Right now I'm just shadow boxing because my bag is outside and it's too cold lol. Kicking and punching for an hour or more at least three times a week.

I know you only mentioned legs, but I'm bringing all of this up because a total body workout along with cardio increases your stamina all around and makes you a better rider. I was very out of shape last season and I definitely notice the difference in my riding this year.

Core workouts are the most important and will also reduce the fatigue on your legs. If you have a strong core, you're more balanced thus taking some load off your legs.

For my core, I do an ab wheel exercise everyday. It took a month for me to be able to do it everyday and to be able to stretch all the way out and down. Such a simple tool and cheap investment for something that stregnthens your core so quickly and effectively.

The cardio you can get from kickboxing is awesome. Even when you shadowbox, you get a lot of cardio so long as you're still putting power into your punches and kicks. You'll get a leg workout from this as well as a core workout. On top of that, it's just plain fun and stress relieving.
You've got a good point about core training and it taking some load off the legs. When we are tired in one area we tend to 'limp' causing that good area to go bad. So yea , many good points here.
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Running hills and trail running are the best. That's what I do. Helps when you hike too. Doing core exercises works. I'd suggest flutter kicks and hanging leg raises. Those workout your legs and core.

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Running hills and trail running are the best. That's what I do. Helps when you hike too. Doing core exercises works. I'd suggest flutter kicks and hanging leg raises. Those workout your legs and core.
He mentioned bad knees... running isn't good for bad knees. He can run on grass though rather than pavement.

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idk...I'm old and this year has been rubber leg city....just got my 8th day and perhaps being elderly it takes me 2-4 runs to get warmed up, another 4-6 runs are great, then have to dial it back to cruising to save myself for another day.

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I work out a lot, and many of my workouts incorporate squats into everything (TRX suspension trainer). I find that my legs get tired after about 7 or so hours of riding, maybe 5 hours if I don't eat or stay properly hydrated. I usually lift for about 40-50m 5 times a week though so my body stays conditioned all year round.
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He mentioned bad knees... running isn't good for bad knees. He can run on grass though rather than pavement.

That's why I said hills. They aren't terrible for your knees. If your knees are really that bad though then hit the bike. That is actually better than running hills, but I am a runner so I'm kinda bias...

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And What Hobo said....NEVER run on pavement. EVER. It will fuck your knees up worse than cocaine did Amy Winehouse.

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Anyone have an issue with rubber legs early season? I didnt have this issue nearly as bad last year. Not sure what's up, maybe age or arthritis getting worse - but my legs are burning and getting tired pretty quick. I do some exercise off season but probably not enough. After 3 hours of solid riding (much of that lift time), I'm pretty wobbly and only good for light riding thereafter; otherwise, I'm a danger to myself.

Someone in here recommended squats, and holding a squat to build up leg stamina, but due to my knees getting bad, that's a lot of stress to put on the knees.

I'm wondering if anyone has any magical tricks like, standing on your toes or, holding onto a door while leaning back or something that they know works to build up leg stamina similar to what is needed for riding.
There are no magic tricks, what Argo said pretty much. I hike (not walk, class I&II mtn climbing). The longer I push it in the fall the easier riding is, and it's essentially the same muscles.

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Hard for me during the summer. When I'm not working, I'm usually digging , cutting, sanding or some summer project. I dont get much time for extra things. Thankfully Winter keeps me from needing to do those things which allows me time to ride. My son will be riding in a few years so, lets hope he begs to go everyday so dad can go too and get more in shape riding more.
Riding regularly (2x a week +) will help, or workout between visits. Otherwise expect the same rubberlegs.

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I was up Seymour for my 6th day this season. Didn't have the rubber legs after the usual 5 hours or so. A little soreness, but definitely improving. That's all it takes.


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