All cyclists are putting in their kilometers, but not all are putting in the gym time. Strength and power training can set you apart from the peloton, but you want to make sure it’s ahead of the pack and not behind. The scientific literature shows beyond a doubt that strength training and improve cycling power output1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and economy (the energy required to sustain a given power output) 1,2.

However, cyclists fear the potential negative effects of an increase in muscle mass and “dead legs” from the gym. Avoid these outcomes of classic strength training protocols by utilizing velocity-based training (VBT) to increase your cycling performance without any negative interference.
 

You Measure Power On A Bike, Why Not In The Weight Room?

Power is one of the most objective and actionable metrics that you monitor. But, while every pedal of your ride is recorded, one important part of your training isn't: your strength workouts.

In strength training, the weight you lift is like the distance you travel on a bike. It's important, but doesn't give you a complete picture. To assess the performance of a ride you need to measure speed and power, so why not measure these in the weight room.

 

You Aren't Measuring The Most Important Metrics

 
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For over 20 years, professional strength coaches have used devices to measure the velocity and power of their athlete's lifts.

As a cyclist, velocity and power data can give you a complete picture of your workouts, and is the secret in allowing you to: 

OBJECTIVELY COMPARE WORKOUTS

Power data can be related between cycling and strength sessions

DETERMINE OPTIMAL TRAINING LOADS

The speed of your lifts can tell you when to add or remove weight

measure the effectiveness of a session

Velocity and power data can be used to measure your kJ burned

Monitor training fatigue

Velocity loss is an indicator of fatigue and a sign for you to stop 

 
 

Unlock Your Full Cycling Potential With Smart Strength Training

The PUSH Band - $289

 

The Power Of A Lab Tool, On Your Arm

 

The PUSH Band combines two decades of research with proprietary algorithms to give cyclists access to velocity tracking technology previously only available to professional strength coaches.

 
 
 

“Since our installation of the PUSH band team system, we use them daily with our athletes both in group and private settings for daily monitoring, testing, and auto-regulation of training loads"

- Mike Young, PhD, CSCS
Owner of the Athletic Lab

 
 
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Make intelligent training decisions

The power meter on your bike measures the same thing as the PUSH Band: power in watts.

Align your strength training with your work on the bike using the power metric. Unlock the ability to objectively see the impact of each training method and modify your routines accordingly.

 

 

Wondering if you should add or remove weight?

Just like changing gears on your bike can increase your power output; changing the weight you lift can do the same. 

When cycling, you have a speedometer and power meter to use as a pacer. In the weight room, PUSH provides real-time feedback for every lift to help you find the training load that maximizes your power output.

 

Prevent weight room fatigue and stay fresh for your bike

Monitoring velocity can also minimize the interference between your workouts and maximize the benefits of strength training.

Your workout is almost over and you're pushing to get the most out of the session. PUSH notifies you when a rep was too slow, and by how much. A small drop in velocity is OK, but a large drop is a safe sign to stop.

 

 
 

Actionable Data, anywhere

Much like reviewing your rides, you can view "road maps" of your training sessions to see your response to training over time.

Want to fine tune your scheduling or re-arrange your weekly plan? Log into our additional PUSH Portal service to make the changes you want and have them auto-update in the PUSH App for easy reference.

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Gain A Competitive Edge While Off The Bike

The PUSH Band - $289

Worn on the forearm and paired with your iOS device, the PUSH Band measures the velocity of your lifts to provide guidance and help optimize your strength training.

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TECH SPECS

  • Wireless:
    • 30 ft. range
    • Enhanced Bluetooth 2.1
  • Battery:
    • Built-in rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery
    • 2.5 hour full charge cycle (50% charge after 30 minutes) with supplied charging cable
    • 7 hours continuous motion recording
    • 12 days of charge retention while powered down
    • Power consumption: 350 mA during charging
  • In the box:
    • PUSH Band
    • USB Charging Cable
    • User Guide
  • Sensors:
    • Accelerometer
    • 1 Gyroscope
  • Units of Measure:
    • Metric
    • Imperial
  • Size & Weight:
    • Height: 77.5mm (3in)
    • Width: 53.3mm (2in)
    • Depth: 15mm (0.6in)
    • Weight: 32g (1.1oz)
  • Compatibility: 
    • iPhone 5 and up
  • Languages:
    • English

References

1. Sunde et al 2010  2. Ronnestad et al 2011  3. Hickson et al 1988  4. Millet et al 2002  6. Taipale et all 2010 7. Taipale et al 2013  8. Mikkola et al 2011  9. Storen et l 2012