Power Training Chapter 6: Stress & Adaptation In Indoor Cycling

The field of sports science has long known (and studied extensively) the physiological response of the body to the process of repeated stress on the muscles, separated by periods of adaptation.  This process happens at both the micro and macro level.  Individual muscles (micro) will respond positively to stress, followed by rest periods.  The rider himself/herself as a “complete rider” will also respond to this same process.  As they continue to train and develop, they must continuously increase the stress of their training program (their training load, which we will discuss shortly), if they want to see their fitness, or in this case, their power, improve.

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