Letter From Athlete

Got this from an athlete wanting to train at our gym and wondering why we do what we do.  The science supports basis on my statement but more importantly I think this addresses the concern of a lot of guys/gals who do our work and train for different types of endurance sports…

Hi Ben,

I’m looking to get started on tuesday/thursday and or friday group classes. I’m a cyclist that has had a slow year and looking to start back up by getting in good shape this winter mixed in with cyclocross. My buddy recommended you guys. I’ve done some boot camp classes in the past so I’m familiar with the routine… just not in shape. 😉

What would be the best way for me to start? Also, just want to check on your location… is in on Terrace or Karnes? Thanks in advance.

Befuddled Biker,


Dear BB,

I’ll chime in with my two cents as an athlete who’s focus to perform was outside the gym as well.

Guys like us, who ride, run, swim or do any combination in any discipline of these things love being outdoors and putting in time, miles and seeing what our bodies can do in the environment.  Early on there is a ton of “low hanging” fruit so to speak.  You just gotta stay specific and you’ll get faster.

After time though I found two keys things that changed my approach.

1.  I had plateaued and was not getting as fast year in and year out and thought I’d reached a ceiling.

2.  Injuries started to happen.

The plateaus is inevitable without the use of PED’s (I am NOT advocating these) or a massive amount of god given talent combined with resources and time (time and resources are tough when you have a job and/or family).  We think that what got us there is what is going to keep us getting faster.  The truth of the matter is that you can only get so much power, force, speed and quickness form the same exercise i.e. biking or running.  You have to load the body with resistance and you can only load it with so much of your own.  We also need to do so in short durations where recovery happens to allow them to be fully absorbed.

When I incorporated real resistance and strength training I saw the gains begin to start stacking.  Whether it was shorter or longer races, events or training days.  The micro climate in which we push fitness into our body with specifically training and loading our bodies with weights, bands and movements that closely mimic our specified activity allow that break through to happen.

This all being said, you still gotta ride and put in the miles.

You could certainly draw a parallel to the guy who thinks he is going to keep “buying” speed by upgrading his bike and gear.  No doubt that a bad ass wheel set, frame, components and the rest will do this but at some point the engine becomes the big limiter.  Think back to the guys who won the Tour De France like LeMond.  He did it on a bike you wouldn’t be caught dead on today but he climbed, sprinted and time trailed faster than I ever will on any bike.

The second part is the injuries.  When you keep doing the same thing and activity all the time you break down the same muscles, joints and system time and time again.  You never build up any of the supporting cast around it and you your speed that has been developed is very one dimensional.  If you want to work around this you need to  be able to train around it.

You cannot do this by doing the same activity.  Change it up.

Some guys are deathly afraid that by working with weights that they will get too big or bulky.  Never happened once to me, still hasn’t and I ride less than I have in a very long time.

I’d suggest hitting up our Monday night “Endurance” training session as well.  I lead it this coming week, we pull in some great endurance athletes and I promise you’ll get your money’s worth out of it.

Have a great day and keep the rubber side down my man.

Benjamin Schloegel | Owner
Design – Build – Better Health

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