Episode #197: Jacques DeVore

Description: Mark Sisson chats with Jacques DeVore about his book Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists – a radical strength-based training program aimed at increasing cycling speed, athletic longevity, and overall health in half the training time. Rather than improving endurance by riding longer distances, you’ll learn how to do it by reducing your riding time and adding heavy strength and power training. Traditionally cyclists and endurance athletes have avoided strength and power training, believing that the extra muscle weight will slow them down, but authors Jacques DeVore and Roy M. Wallack show that exactly the opposite is true. The Maximum Overload program uses weightlifting to create sustainable power and improved speed while drastically reducing training time and eliminating the dreaded deterioration that often occurs during the second half of a ride. A 40-minute Maximum Overload workout, done once or twice a week, can replace a long day in the saddle and lead to even better results. This comprehensive program includes unique takes on diet, interval training, hard and easy training, and sustainable power. Backed by the most trusted authority in the sport, Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists is a book that no cyclist should be without.

Jacques DeVore is the founder of the Sirens & Titans Fitness Training Centers in West Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and licensed as an expert USA Cycling Coach. DeVore is the creator of the Maximum Overload training plan. DeVore has successfully trained hundreds of cyclists and triathletes with this program, including pro rider Dave Zabriskie. He lives in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA.  Roy M. Wallack is a fitness columnist at the Los Angeles Times, has freelanced for Outside, Men’s Journal, Bicycling, Runner’s World, and Competitor, among other publications. He the author of seven books including Bike for Life, The Traveling Cyclist, and Barefoot Running Step-by-Step. Wallack is also an endurance athlete and has competed in some of the most difficult athletic challenges on earth including the 750-mile Paris-Brest-Paris ride, and the Badwater Ultramarathon across California’s Death Valley. He lives in Irvine, CA.

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5 thoughts on “Episode #197: Jacques DeVore

  1. earthtodan

    I listened to this podcast with great interest, and I am reminded of a time when I was a teenager working at a bike shop, and we organized a shop road ride consisting of 2 road bikers (including me), 2 mountain bikers, and 2 BMXers, the latter of whom had to borrow road bikes. There was some implicit competition between identity groups, and we endurance roadies figured we’d smoke the field. The ride began with a 3-mile long 5% uphill grade, and to my embarrassment, the BMX riders pulled out a decisive lead and maintained it, chatting the whole time. Now I understand that the BMX kids probably trained for max power, which allowed them to outperform (and look better too). I’m already starting to incorporate HIIT, but this will change the way I train.

  2. Jimmy Smith

    Reduce the ride time and lift some weights. A powerful message that is still very new to a lot of endurance athletes still stuck in the past. Good listen for sure.

  3. Teddy Loos

    Thanks so much for this and all of the Podacasts!

    Question… how much strength is “enough”? I have always been strong and therefore have blown off a lot of strength training over the last 15 years (48 years old..).

    After reading Primal Endurance, I got back to “lifting heavy things” In one off season, deadlift topped 400 and squat 300 1 Rep Max. At this point, am I wasting my time in the weight room? I’m going to make a deep dive into Jacques’ blog and see what I can distill from there.
    Thanks again for everything!!


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