Ask a coach: ‘What's the ideal workout for losing weight?’

Weight loss comes as a result of balancing energy intake with energy expenditure - here is the most effective way to optimize the second half of that equation

A cartoon of a cyclist standing on a set of scales
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Losing weight is often on the agenda for many cyclists, particularly people who get into cycling for its general health benefits. Both amateur and professional cyclists can often be eager for a healthy weight loss, whilst trying to optimize performance by increasing their power-to-weight ratio.

In this article, cycling coach Alex Welburn will investigate whether an optimal workout for weight loss exists, whilst also delving into other factors worthy of consideration and exploring additional aspects that deserve attention.

Alex Welburn
Alex Welburn

Performance cycling coach Alex Welburn is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's Ask a Cycling Coach series, online every Wednesday. He's currently completing a PhD on Critical power and W' at Loughborough University whilst also managing the Performance Project, in which he coaches athletes and provides consultation.

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Alex Welburn

Alex is a Physiologist, Performance Coach, who also lectures occasionally at Loughborough

University where he is completing his PhD in Critical power and W'.


After competing for over 10 years on the bike, where he has competed for GB in both

cyclocross and mountain bike events, he now spends his spare time in the mountains as an

aspiring guide. Alex has worked with cyclists of all levels over the last 9 years, from ultra-

endurance world champions to the Women’s TDF. Supporting his PhD he manages The

Performance Project, consulting with and coaching athletes. Finally, he is also a proud

sponsor of southern based LAKA X Pedal Mafia Race Team.