I want you to take a moment and imagine something for me.
What would be different for you if you could ride with more skill, balance and power on your mountain bike?
I mean, what kind of things that you usually struggle with would you be better at if you had improved balance, more standing pedaling power, sharper cornering skills and/ or the ability to easily manual and bunny hop your bike?
I’ll bet that there are sections of trail that come to mind right now – and maybe even whole trails – that would be so much more fun if you could just improve your skills and fitness.
Now, I want you to think about how that would change you.
That’s right, how would you be different?
If you’re like me, when you see yourself being able to ride stuff that used to always give you problems it will change your mindset both on and off the trail.
Besides feeling more confident in your riding skills you’ll feel more confident overall since you know that you can overcome obstacles in your path, and not just in the literal sense of doing it on the trail.
It is funny how success in one area can breed more confidence and success in other areas of your life as well. In fact, this has been one of the hidden benefits mountain biking for me – it taught me a lot of lessons that have helped in all areas of my life.
But that is getting a little off point.
Like me, you want to learn how to become a better mountain biker and that is what I’m about to show you.
In my last email I shared the simple 3 step system I use to help riders improve their skills and fitness where it matters the most…on the trail!
Now, behind this system is one thing – learning how to move better off of the bike and then how to apply that improved movement to the bike.
At the heart of it all is movement and if you don’t understand how to apply it to the bike then you will always struggle to consistently apply your technique on the trail.
Now, I know that this probably doesn’t make a lot of sense right now. This whole “movement” thing is new to a lot of riders and so you may wonder how important can it really be?
To help you better understand what I’m talking about and how extremely important it is I want to share one of my very best Skills Training Webinars.
This webinar shows you the right way to pick up your front wheel (Manual), pick up your rear wheel (Rear Wheel Lift) and how to put them together into the elusive Bunny Hop.
This webinar has never been available to the public before and includes a video analysis of the different techniques. I break it down frame-by-frame to show you exactly how to execute these important skills.
And after watching it you’ll see the difference between someone teaching you to how to “act out” a skill versus someone teaching the movements behind the skill.
Just click the link below to check it out:
Now, you may be wondering why I’m giving away one of my best Skills Training Webinars. I’ve had a lot of riders tell me that after years of struggle they were finally able to execute these skills after watching this webinar and I know I could charge money and riders would gladly pay for it.
I mean, after watching it I’m sure you’ll agree that it is one of the best tutorials on these skills available.
And this is part of the reason I am sharing it with you.
I get tired of hearing about riders being told to “do a reverse head butt” or “throw your shoulders back away from the handlebars” to manual their bikes. This just leads to a lot of frustration since that technique throws you off balance, which makes it hard to turn it into a Bunny Hop or consistently execute it on the trail.
Hopefully this video will give frustrated riders a resource to learn the right way to execute this skill.
I also wanted to share it with you so you could see just how important being able to move properly on your bike is.
As you’ll see in the video, you need to have your body position dialed in. You must also be able to quickly and efficiently shift your weight around your bike by using your hips.
In my experience most riders struggle with these skills because they have rushed into them too soon.
Far too many riders don’t spend enough time working on Body Position. They quickly rush to the sexier skills once they can roll around a parking lot a few times with decent Body Position.
And this is usually because most of us have no real plan when it comes to their skills training and don’t know how to integrate all of our training and riding to help us with it.
Most riders also struggle because they simply don’t move well.
They rely too much on the lower back and/ or quads to move around on their bike. This knocks them off balance when they move and this requires focused practice both on and off the bike to fix.
But for the riders who follow the 3 step system I talked about in my last email these skills are actually pretty easy to learn. By fixing how they move and knowing how to apply it to the bike they essentially guarantee their success.
However, we all know that it is usually a little more complicated than this in reality. It can take a lot of trial and error to find the best way to improve how your move and how to apply it to the bike.
This leaves a lot of riders wasting time or, worse yet, giving up and accepting their current technical skill and fitness levels.
But I want to see you succeed so you can ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail.
While I started out wanting to help myself, I quickly saw how much this system could help other riders as well. That’s why I started MTB Strength Training Systems over a decade ago and why I’m going to help you fast-track your progress, avoiding the mistakes I made along the way.
So tomorrow I’m going to show you something that I’m really proud of – a new 90 day program that takes a very unique approach to improving your flow and fitness on the trail.
I hope you learn a lot from the Manualing and Bunny Hopping Webinar and keep an eye out for my email tomorrow.
If you’re not satisfied with your current skills and fitness levels the answer you’ve been looking for is closer than you think.
MTB Strength Training Systems
p.s. After watching this webinar you’ll probably want to try the technique out for yourself. And this is where you want to apply what I call the “10 Minute Rule”.
If you have not picked up the basics of the skill in about 10 minutes then odds are you don’t have the requisite movement and/ or lower level skills to do it. If you move well and have the right foundation in place you should be able to pick up the basics of a skill pretty quickly.
Of course, it can take much longer to really learn the skills and dial it in but if you are still struggling to get the basic concept after 10 minutes then move on to something else. And take a look at what skills or movements you usually need to work on (hint: Body Position and the hips are a good place to start).
My 10 Minute Rule also reinforces the need for a program that integrates everything together into a progressive approach. Skipping too many steps will make it hard to build sustainable skills and fitness and tomorrow I’ll share my newest program to help you with that.