I've heard various opinions as to whether or not doing the one-legged drills are safe and effective. I've heard from some cyclists that this type of drill is not recommended because the risk of injury outweighs any benefit. Yet, I'm seeing Anyone care to share their insight?
to complete the rest of my question -- Yet, I've seen in numerous publications and training plans just the opposite.
Any insight on this?
injury? what sort of injury could you get that would not get regular riding?
knee overload and other biomechanical issues that arise when you have loaded onto the one leg
I'm not an expert but haven't heard of these problems w/ expressly linked to this drill. are they doing something drastic like 5min per leg or really heavy resistance?
Obviously you would NOT do these single leg drills while on the actual road. That wold cause injury. *L* Doing these is best on a trainer and at shorter increments. I'm training for IMSG and my coach has me doing these regulary. I have noticed a big difference in my leg strength.
Don't continue to do them if after a short session your knees hurt. 3x alternating legs (L, R. then both) put into a 45 min or so session shouldn't cause pain but help your strength. Also, you will not continue a faster pace with single leg drills. Your pace slows down and you just really need to concentrate on the full rotation of each pedal stroke.
Good luck & Happy training!