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If you have limited time on a training day, and your schedule only allows for you to squeeze in some upper-body work before you ride, you may think that’s okay, considering you’re training different parts of the body for each.

Well, here’s one reason why that might not the best idea: A recent study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests that upper-body exercise just before cycling can induce enough fatigue to significantly diminish your performance.

Researchers recruited 10 endurance-trained men and had them perform three-minute sessions of all-out cycling, both with prior upper-body strength exercises and without.

Source: Upper-Body Workouts – How to Balance Arm Day With Cycling