I swapped one bike session a week for the gym and this is the effect it had on my climbing

Will hitting the weights boost my times on the climbs? I completed a six week strength training programme to find out

Tom Couzens using a leg press in the gym
(Image credit: Tom Couzens)

Like a fish out of water, a cyclist can often be found as lost within a gym. When you walk through those doors it is like another world: massive weights left, right and center - and in the past I have probably been as guilty as most, heading through those doors with no set plan. 

But instead of aimlessly wandering around, what difference can strength training at the gym really make to my climbing performance?

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