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Episode 49: Our Base Builder Strength Preview

Welcome to Season 2 of the Waite Endurance Podcast! 

We’re talking cycling-specific strength training this week with a look into our upcoming 2021 Base Builder Strength Programming. This year we’re excited to introduce a new ‘at-home’ programming of movement/strength training, along with an updated version of our ‘classic’ barbell programming for our focal movements: the back squat & deadlift. After running through the benefits of strength training and why you need to incorporate strength training into your annual training program, we take an in-depth look into how we progress through a 24-week strength build within the base-building season.

First up is the classic programming that includes an 8-week adaptation phase, followed by an 8-week building phase, and finished with an 8-week stability & power phase. During the first 8 weeks, we learn the movements with gradually increasing loads, culminating in a 1-rep max effort in the back squat & deadlift. You then use the 1RM to work from within the building phase (much like an “FTP” in cycling) and follow a strength build. In the last phase, we drop the loads while increasing the speed of movement and/or the balance and stability required for movement.

Second, we discuss our new ‘at-home’ programming for those athletes who are unable to to get to a gym or do not have bars & weights at home. We discuss the few pieces of equipment you would want to acquire, the App we will use to deliver the training sessions, the video & communication support available, and the progression of movements which includes mobility, agility, and plenty of core work along with key the knee-extension & hip-hinge focus for improved cycling performance.

Lots to share, lots to learn, we hope you enjoy!


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