For those of you who know me, you have all heard me say that resistance training or “doing your exercises” actually works. A recent systematic review (yep, that’s the fancy words for a thorough scientific review of everything that is published in the peer-reviewed literature) has just overwhelmingly proved this to be the case.
A research group well known for injury prevention work in Norway* analysed the best scientific studies to date and here’s what they found:
How does this apply to you as a cyclist? Simply put, I see lots of back pain in cyclists every year, esp. adolescent cyclists or those new to cycling, that is NOT caused by a poor bike fit. Often it is caused by weakness. This is where developing good all-round strength and maintaining it is crucial. It will help prevent your body from being injured, help you perform better and add variety and interest to your training.
* Laueresen et al (2018): Strength training as superior, dose-dependent and safe prevention of acute and overuse sports injuries: a systematic review, qualitative analysis and meta-analysis. BJSM 52:1557.