Last night I held the first session in my new MTB Skills & Fitness Boot Camp. This is a basically my twist on integrating what I do with what I have learned from guys like Gene Hamilton. After taking the Better Ride coaches certification camp with Gene in February I’ve been itching to unleash this new vision and it is finally here!
Here is a quick rundown of how it works…
Each week we meet for a combined workout/ skills training session. We have a specific lesson we are working on each week and I tie the workout into the skills drills we will be doing after the workout. By helping people make the mental connection with how they move in a controlled environment like as gym I think that is should be easier for them to get on their bike and apply it.
I’m also hoping that it will help them understand that strength training can directly help their skills if they know and think about the connection. For example, last night we were working on body position. In a nutshell, you want to be balanced on your bike with your butt back, back straight, chest down and your weight on your pedals. Most riders don’t understand how to get their butt back while keeping their back straight and letting their chest drop so it makes getting into position tough.
We used the deadlift in the workout to break down how to get down into and power out of that basic “butt back, chest down” position. I had the riders concentrate on how the movement they were practicing with the deadlift related to their riding and when we got outside to practice they were more easily able to apply it to the bike.
I’m pretty excited to see where this ends up, everybody seemed to really enjoy what we did last night. I gave them some homework for the next week and I’ll pass it on to you as well – think about your body position on the trail. Look to stay relaxed and balanced, getting your butt back and keeping your back straight.
Keep an eye out for an update on next week’s class…