Mountain Bike Strength Training

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 […]

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 […]

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