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July
31

Over the last couple of years working with the Steel Mace I’ve been introduced to how important it is to be able to connect both sides of your body when pushing or pulling. Since the Steel Mace has an offset load that I’m holding with both hands, it forces me to counteract what I’m doing […]

July
5

One of the hardest things for me about the riding season is finding the time and energy for all the great riding to be had and the training I need to avoid injuries or a late season slump. The irony is that as much as I prefer to ride my bike, if I don’t do […]

March
31

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of talking with Gene Arnold on his Bike Chat, which is part of his Regular Guy Mountain Biking Show. Gene is a regular guy with a passion for riding and he likes to share that passion with his fellow riders by interviewing people and reviewing stuff that he […]

February
13

Cardio is one of those topics that I could write about every day and some people still couldn’t get enough. To say that mountain bikers are obsessed with cardio training would be an understatement and every rider I’ve ever talked to wants to know how to best improve it. From intervals to base miles the […]

January
23

This is a guest post from Jukka Mäennenä, a Finnish cycling coach who specializes in BMX and Mountain Bike training. Jukka is someone I have known for a long time and he has been on the podcast before and shared a great article and video on modern day mobility training for riders. The last time […]

January
2

I hope you had a good New Years’ Eve and 2017 is off to a great start for you. I got to host a party at my house, which also meant I had to actually stay up until after midnight instead of sleeping through it like I usually do. We had several good friends stop […]

December
30

I want to say thanks to everyone who entered the comment contest, it was really cool to see so many riders sharing their biggest lessons from the last year. While there where a lot of different insights being shared there were some interesting trends as well. Below are what I felt were the top 5 […]

December
16

Last week I had the chance to talk with fellow coach Rod Bucton for his Sports Adventure Podcast. Located out of Australia, Rod is interviewing figures in the sports training world that he feels inspire others to take action and improve themselves through sports like mountain biking. Always appreciating the chance to talk about strength […]

December
12

Heading into the off season you’ll probably start to hear more about the importance of Periodization. Really just a fancy word for “have a plan”, there are a several forms of Periodization and some are better than others for the average mountain biker. First, a little about the history of the word and the concept. […]

November
14

As I drove across the dark desert staring at the small patch of ground lit up by my headlights I started to get excited. Sure, I still had 9 hours of driving ahead of me but at the other end of the drive was a chance to learn some more about my two favorite training […]

November
7

I’m not sure if you have noticed but the mountain biking world has an addiction to technology. And like most addictions, it takes something that can be positive and starts to turn it into something that can hold people back. No where does this problem come up like it does in the advice we give […]

October
24

I still remember as a little kid having a bowl of white sugar sitting at the breakfast table. My mom would let us pour a couple of spoonful’s on our cereal (which was usually coated in sugar already) and I still remember my eyeballs twitching a bit after drinking the last bit of milk from […]

September
19

If you ever want to clear a room of mountain bikers either tell them you are out of beer or, better yet, tell them you want to talk about nutrition. Nutrition is one of those subjects that everyone knows is important but they can rarely muster more than a passing interest in it. One of […]

September
12

While riding your bike can look and feel like an elegant dance between you and the bike (or maybe not so elegant for some of us), when you break it down everything you do boils down to using a few basic movement patterns. It is how well you can combine and blend these movement patterns […]

September
2

Earlier this week I shared a podcast interview I did with Finnish MTB coach Jukka Mäennenä. During the interview, we talked about the importance of mobility training for mountain biking and how he was using the CARS method with his riders. Jukka was kind enough to write a follow-up article with a demo video to […]

August
31

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to meet and talk with other coaches who work with mountain bikers. While a lot of cycling coaches are still entrenched in the road riding mentality of training, there are some really smart coaches who are helping to push our sport forward. One of these […]

July
25

While mountain biking has a lot of positive benefits, one thing it isn’t good for is your core. That’s right, this beautiful sport that we all love is slowly eroding your core function and strength, setting you up for back pain and decreased performance. Let me explain why this is. First, mountain biking finds a […]

July
19

My colleague Jake Stephenitch is a strength and conditioning coach based in the Chicago area who specializes in programs for BMX riders. As a BMX rider himself he came across the power of strength training to improve his riding and decided that he wanted to help his fellow riders by becoming a coach himself. I’ve […]

July
6

Sports training is a delicate balancing act between several opposing factors. For example, specificity and health – while you need your training to be specific to your sport, being too specific all of the time can actually decrease your performance. You also have high and low intensity training – you need high intensity training to […]

June
30

A great indicator of the health of a sport is how many kids are participating in it. Little athletes grow up to be big athletes and that means a steady stream of new people to keep the sport growing. With the creation of NICA and several other kid-centered mountain biking programs we have more kids […]

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