MTB Training Podcasts

September
14

Connor Fearon is a young man living his dream. As a kid in Australia, he was inspired by guys like Sam Hill and Nathan Rennie to take up downhill racing and in a very short time proved himself able to stand on the podium with the best in the world. This last weekend saw a […]

August
31

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to meet and talk with other coaches who work with mountain bikers. While a lot of cycling coaches are still entrenched in the road riding mentality of training, there are some really smart coaches who are helping to push our sport forward. One of these […]

July
19

My colleague Jake Stephenitch is a strength and conditioning coach based in the Chicago area who specializes in programs for BMX riders. As a BMX rider himself he came across the power of strength training to improve his riding and decided that he wanted to help his fellow riders by becoming a coach himself. I’ve […]

July
6

Sports training is a delicate balancing act between several opposing factors. For example, specificity and health – while you need your training to be specific to your sport, being too specific all of the time can actually decrease your performance. You also have high and low intensity training – you need high intensity training to […]

June
27

I hope you had a great weekend and got some good rides in. I had the chance to try out the new DH trails at the local mountain just 45 minutes from my house last week, really excited about having some lift access trails so close to home. A few weeks ago I was interviewed […]

June
13

As a kid I remember that I could see myself being 30-something but 40 seemed pretty old, almost like life was pretty much over at that point. I laugh looking back on it now because one day I woke up and I’m the “old guy”. And while life is far from being over, at the […]

April
18

One of the things I love about mountain biking is the blending of fitness and skill it requires. I’ve often described mountain biking as the love child between an endurance sport like distance running and an action sport like surfing, making it a unique sport to both participate in and train for. This is one […]

February
15

When I first got serious about started strength training I did what most people do – I found as many cool exercises as I could and tried to fit them all into a workout program. I figured that the more exercises I was doing the better and that there was always a “better” exercise that […]

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 […]

June
29

A few months ago I got the chance to attend a really cool event put on by Strength Matters. It was their first summit in the US, and it was a great chance to hear some of the smartest people in the fitness industry present on the trends in what they are using to produce […]

June
1

Riding a wheelie can be a tough thing to learn for a lot of riders. I mean, if you don’t learn it as a kid then it can be hard to pick it up later in life on a mountain bike. It is one of those skills that I still struggle with and I get […]

March
29

Last weekend I had the chance to attend a new fitness event, the Strength Matters Summit. Headlined by the likes of Dan John, Steve Maxwell, Mark Reifkand, Dave Whitely, Perry Nickelstein and a whole host of “who’s who” in the strength and conditioning world, it was a great chance to learn what some of the […]

November
24

I’ve been around long enough to see a real change in the way most riders think about Skills Training. When I first started riding mountain bikes almost 15 years ago Skills Training wasn’t something I had ever heard of, much less considered an important thing for me to do. Fast forward to the end of […]

November
19

Endurance Training is by far the favorite subject of mountain bikers everywhere. No matter what they ride or where they are from, more riders want to know how to improve their endurance than just about anything else. And for good reason. Endurance Training is the most specific of all of the physical qualities you can […]

November
17

Speed Training is an interesting topic for mountain biking because it isn’t really a part of many programs. Early on in training mountain bikers I realized that few of them had the ability to truly “tap into 100%” and that this was holding them back in a lot of different ways. Speed Training isn’t just […]

October
20

With the end of the riding season fast approaching it is time to start thinking about your plans for this off-season’s training. How you ride and perform next season depends on what you do in the off-season, making it a critical part of the progress you hope to see year after year. And while most […]

August
13

Last week I took my family to Glenwood Springs, which is a small town in the mountains about an hour and a half from where I live. One of the main attractions is the Glenwood Adventure Park and Caverns, which is a small amusement park set atop one of the peaks overlooking Glenwood. They have […]

June
2

One of my favorite guys to hear speak in the fitness industry is Gray Cook, one of the guys behind the Functional Movement Screen. Gray has an amazing way of putting complex concepts into simple, easy to understand terms that I really admire. The other day I was driving around listening to a recorded presentation […]

March
31

One of the things I love about strength training is that it has such a powerful affect on every type of athlete. Far from something that only benefits those who rely on strength and power, even endurance athletes need it in their program. However, one of the knocks against strength training for mountain biking is […]

January
20

Late last year I had the honor of being interviewed by one of my mountain biking heroes Ryan Leech. I’ve had Ryan on my podcast before and he wanted to ask me about my views on all things riding for his Pro Visions Podcast. I was more than happy to oblige and we spent almost […]

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