Mountain Bike Strength Training

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
13

Most riders I talk to tell me that they face three big obstacles when it comes to starting a training program: Kettle bells are not magical and just touching one won’t make you a better rider but the philosophy behind them is perfect for our purposes – do less stuff, but do it better. 1) […]

April
8

Crawling is also some of the best core training you can do and works your body in ways that nothing else can. In fact, I’d say that if you aren’t doing some sort of crawling then you have a huge hole in your program that is costing you when you ride. While it doesn’t seem […]

February
29

I’ve always had a fascination with the martial arts. Maybe it was growing up watching characters like Storm Shadow on G.I. Joe and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but whatever it is, I have found myself drawn to the mindset and discipline they use to turn normal people into something special. Last week I started […]

February
19

Yesterday I was asked about a new Hunt for Glory video highlighting a strength training sessions from World XC Champ Nino Shurter’s routine. In this video he was shown doing some pretty interesting exercises that you don’t usually come across and some rider’s wanted to know what my take on his routine was. Well, I did […]

February
15

When I first got serious about started strength training I did what most people do – I found as many cool exercises as I could and tried to fit them all into a workout program. I figured that the more exercises I was doing the better and that there was always a “better” exercise that […]

February
10

One of the best parts of having a little boy is getting to find and watch all of the old cartoons I used to love. We’ve been through He-Man, Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (although the new Nickelodeon Ninja Turtle cartoon is pretty legit). The other day we came across one of my all-time […]

February
3

I’ve been into strength training for a long time. While I remember doing some bench presses and curls with an old cement and plastic weight set my dad had when I was in grade school, I’ve been pretty serious about it since the early ‘90’s when I was in high school. I desperately wanted to […]

January
28

Every group has it’s “dirty words”. You know, those words you aren’t supposed to say or subjects that everyone knows not to bring up. You can usually tell someone who is new to a group because they don’t know these trigger words and can sometimes say the wrong thing or bring up the wrong subject. […]

November
30

A lot of things have changed since I first started riding mountain bikes over 15 years ago. Bigger wheel sizes, tubeless tires, carbon everything and dropper posts are all things I have seen come into prominence over that time. If you go too narrow or too wide with your hands you start to lose your natural […]

November
25

Getting better at mountain biking is one of the harder things to do in the sports world. Unlike most sports that only require one or two skills or fitness qualities, riding a bike on dirt requires a lot more. Riding faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail requires you to juggle not only […]

November
2

I have a confession to make…this may surprise you to hear but the truth is that I am kind of lazy. It has taken me over 10 years of helping riders at all levels to come up with these tips and strategies. I mean, I’m not wanting to just sit on the couch watching television […]

October
19

A few months ago I ordered a steel mace. Now, if you have never seen a steel mace it is exactly what it sounds like – a long steel handle with a ball on the end of it. In fact, it wouldn’t look out of place on a medieval battlefield. But I didn’t get it […]

August
31

Last week I held a webinar going over Advanced Mountain Bike Core Training and how you can use specific exercises to improve your core strength and riding. It was a lot of fun and I had riders from all over the world register and tune in to the live presentation. In it I shared a […]

August
24

Core training is always a hot topic.  Improving your core strength is supposed to improve your performance and decrease your injury potential which puts it at the top of the list for a lot of riders looking at a strength training program. And I would agree – a strong core can make a huge difference […]

August
10

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while then you probably know that I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the last 2+ years. While I love riding my bike, I was craving a new challenge and the fun that came with being a literal “white belt” at something again. Having spent […]

July
27

Last week I shared the Prisoner’s Dilemma with you, a question that was meant to help you focus your training and look for gaps between what you know is most important and what you are really doing. In case you missed it, the questions goes like this… If you were a political prisoner for some […]

July
20

Sometimes the hardest part about training to ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail is knowing how to focus your time and effort. With rare exception, most of us have plenty of options when it comes to how to spend our training time. Trail rides, strength training, mobility drills, skills improvement and […]

July
13

I’ve been reading a lot of books written by old time strongmen lately and the lessons and insights in them have been pretty amazing. It is true that there is nothing new under the sun and most of what we think of as “new” and “cutting edge” is really just a rediscovery of things we […]

June
26

Dumbbells are one of those training tools that we tend to take for granted. Almost everyone who has spent some time in the weight room has ended up with a pair of them in their hands. You can find them in just about any gym you end up in and they’ve been a staple of […]

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