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Is cycling more effective than usual gym session?

Old 07-20-21, 07:16 AM
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Is cycling more effective than usual gym session?

Is cycling more effective than usual gym session?
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Old 07-20-21, 07:22 AM
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It can be. Depends on many factors.
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Old 07-20-21, 07:25 AM
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Kind of silly question.

Depends WHAT the person is doing at the gym.
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Old 07-20-21, 07:41 AM
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Are generic and seemingly uninformed questions better than specific questions with any measure of details?
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Old 07-20-21, 07:54 AM
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If you climb a lot of hills on your bike, I would say yes. Otherwise, maybe. You need swimming, pullups, pushups, weights for your upper body in addition to cycling.
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Old 07-20-21, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by jacobjones View Post
Is cycling more effective than usual gym session?
More effective for what? Be specific.
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Old 07-20-21, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Kind of silly question.

Depends WHAT the person is doing at the gym.
And WHAT are you doing on the bike.
And WHAT are you trying to accomplish.

And does your gym smell like dirty jocks.


My usual answer for me is that I can burn more calories per hour at the gym, but I can tolerate many more hours on the bike.
YMMV, quite literally in this case.

And the bike provides almost no upper body exercise.
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Old 07-20-21, 08:49 AM
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In my opinion the best overall workout plan is Crossfit. Full body workout consisting of high intensity cardio and weightlifting. However, it's not for everyone. I did it for a couple of months and although I loved the workouts, my knees took a beating doing so many squats and then running. It wasn't for me...but the plan is solid and works.
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Old 07-20-21, 10:08 AM
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In my opinion the best overall workout plan is Crossfit. Full body workout consisting of high intensity cardio and weightlifting. However, it's not for everyone. I did it for a couple of months and although I loved the workouts, my knees took a beating doing so many squats and then running. It wasn't for me...but the plan is solid and works.
The problem with Crossfit is that it doesn't really make you very athletic on its own. It can make you look good for sure and much better than sitting on the couch. But as a workout plan for any athletic purpose - whether that's bike racing, soccer, basketball, tennis or track & field events, it's not proven to be very effective. If you want the best overall workout and athletic conditioning then taking up several differing sports is a better bet, along with some basic strength training.
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Old 07-20-21, 10:18 AM
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Cycling is more effective for me simply because it's low impact cardio that I love doing. It's a lot easier and more fun to hop on a bike every day than go to a gym. If however losing weight is the goal, I suggest focusing more on diet and nutrition. I lost 160 lbs in a year and a half and have kept it off for a little more than a year and a half. IMHO diet is about 90% of the equation and exercise about 10%
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Old 07-20-21, 10:22 AM
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No, not even close to a gym session. Especially if the "gym" session is more of a full body workout. You're better off doing both. What cycling is better at, than a gym session, is being actually fun. Lots of fun.

So...go to the gym and get swole. And also ride your bike for enjoyment and fun. Post less low effort questions.
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Old 07-20-21, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post

And the bike provides almost no upper body exercise.
Mine does.
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Cyclists tend to get really strong in a very limited range, and very weak otherwise. I started doing TRX recently to address that imbalance.
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Swimming, Snowshoeing, and Cross Country skiing is the best whole body workouts that's not engineered worked out.
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Originally Posted by jacobjones View Post
Is cycling more effective than usual gym session?
It is for me because I don't go to the gym.🤔😁
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Any exercise where you're not supporting your own weight isn't going to strengthen your core as efficiently one that does. Cycling is an outstanding addition to weight training, just as weight training is an outstanding addition to a cycling regimen. And like caloso, I've found that a TRX set-up is a great way to augment my overall fitness without the gym.
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Originally Posted by jacobjones View Post
Is cycling more effective than usual gym session?
No. Biking is only good for the feet. Does anything move apart from the feet when cycling?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Reached the newb daily post limit of 5 in only 4 minutes.
Judging by their replies in the other threads, either a future spammer in training or just let out to explore the internet for the first time.

But if it's just your first time jacobjones then welcome to BF!

Sometimes you have to be tough! I've both taken my share of grief and given it too. So don't think we are ganging up on you.

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Old 07-20-21, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Judging by the comments either a future spammer in training or just let out to explore the internet for the first time.
Or maybe he signed up for the forum to ask a question and he needs a minimum of 10 posts to start a thread and ask a question, and that will take 2 days @ 5 posts per day?
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Old 07-20-21, 01:16 PM
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Or maybe he signed up for the forum to ask a question and he needs a minimum of 10 posts to start a thread and ask a question, and that will take 2 days @ 5 posts per day?
Well there is something wrong with your reasoning as the person in question is the OP.

So without ten posts, they were able to ask a question.
This was their 4th post of the day and their second thread as the Thread Starter or OP.


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Strength training: the gym wins

Aerobic training: the bike wins

To those who say “I can get a killer aerobic workout at the gym”, I say, “But do you?”
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Mine does.

I love a correction like that! Totally confused me when I got the email without the pic.
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Strength training: the gym wins

Aerobic training: the bike wins

To those who say “I can get a killer aerobic workout at the gym”, I say, “But do you?”

Yes, three hours on an elliptical. Well, I used to. I bought one for home and quit the gym last year. Some of us have to do stuff indoors much of the year because we don't live in temperate places like you do.
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Yes, three hours on an elliptical. Well, I used to. I bought one for home and quit the gym last year. Some of us have to do stuff indoors much of the year because we don't live in temperate places like you do.
Three hours, that must require some serious dedication!

I worked up to 2 hours on the trainer when recovering from hip surgery. That was mind-numbingly dull. Glad that was only for a few weeks.
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