Mountain Bike Nutrition & Supplements

October
24

I still remember as a little kid having a bowl of white sugar sitting at the breakfast table. My mom would let us pour a couple of spoonful’s on our cereal (which was usually coated in sugar already) and I still remember my eyeballs twitching a bit after drinking the last bit of milk from […]

September
26

If you are a 40+ year old mountain biker then odds are you suffer from some type of joint pain, stiffness or restricted range of motion. Your body has 230 joints in it and mountain biking seems to take its toll on a lot of them. Well, unfortunately you are not alone. Over 21 million […]

September
19

If you ever want to clear a room of mountain bikers either tell them you are out of beer or, better yet, tell them you want to talk about nutrition. Nutrition is one of those subjects that everyone knows is important but they can rarely muster more than a passing interest in it. One of […]

February
1

I love bacon. You can use it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it tastes great. Plus, it can be healthy for you as well. That’s right, something that we’ve been told for a long time will clog our arteries and make us fat can actually have the opposite effect. Oh, and I like to […]

October
7

Abel James isn’t your usual fitness expert. Or at least, he certainly didn’t set out to be one. But for thousands of people around the world that is exactly what he is…and he earned that title the hard way. As he puts it, one day he woke up and realized that he was fat and […]

September
14

If you held a gun to my head and made me pick what “diet” I recommend I’d have to lean towards what is commonly called the “Paleo” approach to nutrition. While it can get pretty strict, in a nutshell you try to eat the same basic things humans have been eating for thousands of years. […]

October
22

If you are like most people then you probably answered “yes” to that question. I mean, who doesn’t want a high performance brain? A high performance brain is not only important for life in general but it is also extremely important for our training. One of the things I stress with my clients is the […]

September
24

This last weekend I got back from a 10 day road trip to Bend Oregon. I had a buddy from Hawaii who moved there and I wanted to check out some new trails before the season ended . It was easily the longest biking trip I’ve had for a long time and from his descriptions […]

August
11

One of my favorite scenes in the movie Fight Club is where Tyler Durden and Ed Norton’s character are talking about what it’s like to have your entire life blown out of the window of a high-rise condo for widows and young professionals in L.A. As Ed Norton waxes on about how much it sucks […]

April
23

Nutrition is a funny subject – we all know that it can make a big impact on our results and performance but it can be a daunting task trying to figure it all out. Every day there are different diets and supplements coming out, each promising better results than the other. But it doesn’t have […]

May
6

Having a muscle cramp up on you in the middle of a ride sucks. And it hurts. But mostly it sucks as you have to stop and hope that it goes away long enough to let you ride out. You can’t come into a ride in a chronically dehydrated state and expect to perform consistently. […]

August
1

Let’s look at a common thing found in hydration drinks – high fructose corn syrup . I read a great article a few years ago that everyone should check out regarding this prevalent carb source (I’ll link to it below). In a nutshell, just like trans fatty acids when man tries to introduce an unnatural […]

June
25

Here is something that we all need to be reminded of sometimes – you’re not that advanced! Be it as a rider or in the gym, the vast majority of people reading this are not as advanced as they like to think. It’s called the “10% rule” – only 10% of people are advanced enough […]

June
18

For a lot of the mountain bike riders I work with, racing season is getting started. While training plays a huge role in how you perform on race day how you fuel up plays a big role as well. How you eat the hundreds of days that you aren’t racing makes the biggest difference but […]

March
28

Here is the second part to this two part series. You can read the first part by clicking here. 6) Orange Juice – I use orange juice for pre- and post workout/ ride drinks. Sure, you can spend a lot of money on fancy recovery drinks but I’m not sure that you will get much […]

March
21

Here is my completely unofficial list of mountain biking super foods. To qualify as one for my list it had to be something I actually eat and use on a consistent basis and since I don’t eat a ton of broccoli and cauliflower you won’t find them or their kind. I also needed for it […]

January
16

Nutrition is a funny subject – it is very simple and yet very complex at the same time, resulting in a lot of confusion and a lot of people simply giving up ever trying to figure out how to eat properly. However, I think I have a way to look at things that will help […]

December
19

The Warrior Diet has been the subject of a lot of controversy in the fitness world. From the first time its creator Ori Hofmekler first started writing about it several years ago nutritional experts have been lining up to take shots at it and discourage people from trying it. It was, and still is, nutritional […]

November
25

A while back I was lucky enough to get two members of the Precision Nutrition team on the phone to talk about nutrition for mountain biking. We discussed some basic nutrition strategies, some race day strategies, supplement recommendations and dispelled some myths about carbo loading and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Definitely worth checking out if […]

April
26

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