Effects of combined strength and sprint training on lean mass, strength, power, and sprint performance in masters road cyclists

Del Vecchio, Luke, Stanton, Robert, Reaburn, Peter, Macgregor, Campbell, Meerkin, Jarrod, Villegas, Jerome, and Korhonen, Marko T. (2019) Effects of combined strength and sprint training on lean mass, strength, power, and sprint performance in masters road cyclists. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33 (1). pp. 66-79.

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Strength and sprint-training exercises are integral part of training in many younger endurance cyclists to improve cycling efficiency and sprinting ability. This study was undertaken to examine whether muscle and performance characteristics could be improved in endurance-trained masters cyclist by adding strength and sprint-training stimuli into their training regimen. Twenty-five masters road cyclists were assigned to a combined strength and sprint-training group (CT; n = 9, 53.5 ± 9.3 years), a sprint-training group (ST, n = 7, 49.4 ± 4.8 years) or a control group (CG, n = 9, 56.9 ± 8.6 years). Before and after the 12 weeks intervention, whole body lean mass, total lower limb lean mass (LLLM), countermovement jump height, peak isometric torque of quadriceps and hamstring muscles were examined. For evaluation of sport-specific performance, 10-second sprint cycling peak power (PP10), total 30 seconds work (TW), PP output and flying 200-m time trial (TT) performance were assessed. No pretraining differences were observed between CT, ST, and CG groups for any of the dependant variables. After training, a significant (p < 0.05) between group difference was observed in TW between CT and CG groups. A significant effect of time (p < 0.05) was observed for LLLM in CT and ST groups, and for TT in the CT group. These results suggest including strength and sprint exercises in training can increase LLLM and sprint performance in endurance-trained masters road cyclists. Further research is warranted to find out an ideal pattern of training to maintain aerobic capabilities along with sprint performance in aging road cyclists.

Item ID: 62126
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1533-4287
Keywords: combined, masters cyclists, muscle mass, sprint training, strength training
Copyright Information: © 2018 National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 03:16
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420701 Biomechanics @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes @ 50%
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