Mountain Bike Strength Training

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 […]

June
24

First of all I want to say thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the comment contest. There were a lot of great posts and I’m humbled to see how much the DB Combos Program has helped so many riders over the years. Just for the record, I used a random number generator […]

June
22

When I released the DB Combos program several ago I did not realize that it would gain the popularity and “cult status” that it did. Everywhere I go I get riders commenting on how much they love the workouts and how much it has helped their riding. Designed to only require a pair of adjustable […]

June
15

One of the most confusing terms in training is the moniker “sport specific”. While we can all agree that it is important to follow a sport specific program, how it best applies to you can be a bit fuzzy. The reason for this is because the term applies differently to each of the 4 Training […]

June
8

A few years ago I was sitting around after a ride BS’ing with my riding buddies about our ride. While we were talking about how we made it through a particular technical descent, one of the guys – who was known for crashing a lot – asked an interesting question… “You mean you guys aren’t […]

June
2

Register now for a free webinar I’m doing at 9am MDT on Wednesday, June 3rd covering what you need to know to help you ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail. Hosted by Strength Matters, you can register for the live event and/ or replay by clicking on the link below: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/12557/474f27a557 […]

May
18

Getting your suspension set up properly can really help how well you can ride on the trail. This is why most riders spend some time getting their suspension set up properly. Most bike shops help you out before they send you home with a new bike and there are countless instructional videos and other resources […]

May
11

While it doesn’t happen very often, sometimes the sports science world turns its eye on real mountain biking. Most studies for “cyclists” – which is really just a code word for road riding –are conducted in labs and on the road. This makes their application to the realities of trail riding somewhat limited, which is […]

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