I’m convinced that if you love riding a bike and hope to do it throughout your life, you should also be strength training.

If you’ve read about strength training before and decided it’s not for you, or even if you feel you’ve got it all figured out, I hope this blog series can offer a fresh perspective.

Before we jump in, it’s important to note that I’m not an expert in strength training. So why should you stick around for my “non-expert” advice? 

Hedgehogs and Foxes

It’s a fair question that’s best answered with a helpful illustration I came across in the book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein. The illustration goes like this. 

Subject matter experts are like hedgehogs who burrow into a field of study, accumulating knowledge that’s deep but narrow. 

Foxes reach beyond a single discipline developing breadth across various topics (with the trade-off of accumulating less depth of knowledge).

Hedgehogs are specialists; foxes are generalists. 

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The Perspective of a coach

This strength training guide comes from my perspective as a cycling coach and generalist. 

In this guide, I’ve sought to more plainly connect the dots between the world of strength training and cycling, distilling what I’ve learned into a practical framework you can follow for decades.

Along the way, I’ve referenced each expert opinion that has shaped my thinking. You can find a paper trail of my thoughts at the bottom of each post. 

In rare cases, strength training might not be a good fit due to physical limitations. If you’re unsure, check with your doctor.

As always, these are all just my opinions. Take what’s helpful, discard what’s not, and above all keep enjoying the ridiculous honor of riding a bike.

Let’s jump in…

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