Mountain Bike Strength Training

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 […]

May
6

I admit it, I have an unhealthy infatuation with the Turkish Get Up. I’m always looking for tips and coaching cues that help me execute it better and teach it to my clients more effectively. Here is yet another video from me on the Turkish Get Up for mountain bike training, only this time with […]

May
4

A few weeks ago I got the chance to attend a workshop by Steve Maxwell. Steve is a very interesting guy who has been involved in strength and fitness training for over 50 years and was also instrumental in bringing MMA and BJJ to America (he actually trained Royce Gracie for the first two UFC’s). […]

April
27

Its been a long, cold winter for a lot of us and being able to hit the trails and feel the sun on your face and dirt under your tires has been a long time coming. And while we all love to ride as much as we can when the weather warms up, as many […]

April
22

For a lot of us, riding season is getting into full swing, so this week I wanted to share some insights into an in-season training plan that can help you ride strong all season long. Being able to balance Cardio, Strength and Mobility training in a way that supports your riding is the idea but […]

April
13

Last week I sent out an email linking to an article I had written about why I thought that mountain biking can be a terrible way to “get in shape”. I got a lot of great feedback on the article and it sparked some good discussion on Facebook. Everyone who read the article seemed to […]

April
6

If there could be one line to sum up what I took away from the intensive two days I spent learning from “the coach’s coach” Dan John it was this – the goal is to keep the goal the goal. Taken from his years of working with clients from Navy SEALS to Olympic Athletes to […]

March
20

This weekend I’ll be attending the Strength Matters seminar in San Diego. It will be a great chance to learn some techniques and tactics from some of the smartest guys in the strength training field and I’m really looking forward to what I’ll learn. I’ll be doing a write up on it next week so […]

March
9

When you look at a strength training program, what is the first thing you focus in on? Out of all the information you have available about the workout, what is the most important factor in determining the results that you get? If you are like most riders then the answer to both of these questions […]

March
2

A common bit of advice given to people in the strength training world is that you don’t want to let your knees travel too far over, much less past, your toes when doing lower body exercises. The idea is that doing so puts a lot of pressure on the knees, which is supposed to be […]

February
23

The hardest thing about designing a program for mountain biking is finding the right balance between strength and endurance. While you don’t need to be as strong as a powerlifter, you also don’t need to have the endurance of a Tour de France rider and focusing too much on one side of the spectrum will […]

February
20

So here’s the deal…this is your last chance to set yourself up for the best riding possible next season. That’s right, time has ticked by and we’re now less than 12 weeks away from the start of the main riding and racing season. This means that if you haven’t started your off-season training plan by […]

February
9

There are few exercises I like as much as a good kettlebell swing. For a mountain biker, few exercises can come as close to riding your bike on a tough trail as a hard set of swings. You’re working your back, core and grip while building strength and high tension cardio. Add in the fact […]

January
26

As a strength coach I get asked a lot of questions about how “strong” someone needs to be. They usually have an exercise in mind and the thought process is that once you are “this strong” with the exercise you’ll be able to kick ass on your bike. Hell, I’ve even contributed to this mindset […]

January
2

I love to train and I love to play but I hate to workout. Confused by that statement? According to emails I get from riders trying to piece together a program to take their riding to the next level, if you are confused then you are not alone. However, knowing the difference and how to […]

December
22

They say that desperation is the mother of invention and I totally agree.  For example, a while back I ran into this when I didn’t have an Ab Wheel for my kneeling rollouts. After thinking about it for a few minutes I finally decided to try it without the Ab Wheel and realized that I […]

December
8

I have a saying that I use a lot when working with riders. I use it a lot because the riders I work with tend to be pretty driven and want to know the “perfect” program or training plan for them. They figure that if they know the formula they can follow it and everything […]

December
1

One of my favorite guys to follow to in the strength training world is Dan John. I’ve written a lot about how his articles, books and seminars have influenced me and my training programs and he is someone I think anyone serious about getting stronger should invest some time learning from. The reason I like […]

November
28

One of the big things that separate road riding from mountain biking is the amount of tension needed for each sport. While you run into some high tension moments on the road, the trail simply demands more of those moments and often asks for us to do them for extended periods of time. The truth […]

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