training concepts

July
30

Cardio Training is dead – at least, it should be if your goal is to improve your ability to ride faster and with more endurance on the trail. Much like bodybuilding workouts that try to isolate different muscle groups from each other, traditional Cardio Training tries to improve your ability to ride as fast and […]

May
21

Your hamstrings are not made to produce power by curling at the knee and instead are made to produce power at the hips while helping to stabilize the knee joint.   One of the most persistent objections I hear from riders who have never tried flats is that without being attached to the pedals you […]

May
16

Talent is Overrated a book that had been recommended to me by a couple of people in the coaching world. It is an in depth look at what exactly fuels great performance in any field and challenges the myth of the “natural talent”. Time and again, when you look at story behind the performance you […]

May
4

A few weeks ago I did this interview for Josh Henkin’s Ultimate Sandbag Training podcast where we actually talked very little about sandbag training. After seeing my videos I had done with sandbag training Josh was interested in learning more about my unique perspective on training for mountain biking and sports in general and I […]

April
30

I recently read the book Thinking: Fast and Slow and it had some pretty fascinating insights into how we think and process information. While there was a lot of info covered for me the biggest revelation came from how the book explained our two systems for thinking, which it called System 1 and System 2, […]

April
11

Sometimes I get an e-mail from someone who has started my program and has found that there are a lot of exercises that require them to slow down, drop the weight and really concentrate on how they are moving. This can be a bit troubling as they start to think that they are not “working […]

April
4

Our fitness culture has turned into an extension of the entertainment industry. Look around you and you’ll see indulgent training programs everywhere – it seems like keeping you entertained is more important than delivering consistent, noticable results. Training is about acquiring and refining movement skills, not going through a random list of exercises that look […]

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