This week I’ve been going over the 3 parts of your training program and how you should adjust each to best compliment your in-season riding. Like I’ve explained with your cardio and strength training, if you don’t make the right adjustments during the season you can set yourself up for a late season slump and make it hard to progress your riding even further next season.
While you need to limit what you do in those areas, the third area of your training program actually needs to see a large increase. Mobility training is at the heart of how you perform as an athlete and is the first thing to go when you start to spend a lot of time on the trail.
Like I mentioned in the last video, the more efficiently you move the stronger you can be so taking the time to retain your ability to move freely off the bike is your #1 training priority during the riding season. Plus, mobility levels directly affect things like low back pain, neck stiffness and knee issues which means you can ride with less pain as well.
This morning I posted a new video explaining a bit more about the importance of mobility, how mountain biking can negatively affect your mobility levels and how you can combat that with a smart 3 part training strategy.
Like I reveal in the video, improving your mobility requires much more than doing some stretches or taking a yoga class. There are 3 things you must do in order to mobilize your joints in a way that will help you train and ride more efficiently.
BTW, more efficient movement creates more power, requires less energy and results in less pain…if you’re interested in those sorts of things.
The all-important role of mobility training during the riding season is also why I created my Mountain Bike Mobility collection, which features 9 follow-along routines. If you have a stiff neck, sore low back or achy knees then these routines may be just the thing you need to ride pain free.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this video series, remember to have fun on the trails and keep it rubber side down!