Tag Archives: mountain bike training

Why I’ve switched to an oval chainring.

I’ll admit that I wanted to hate it. When the Absolute Black oval chainring actually showed up in the mail I knew I was going to have to try it out but I sure as hell didn’t expect to keep it on my bike. I mean, everyone knows that oval chainrings suck and that the […]

The Bent Press for MTB – How this forgotten exercise can improve your riding.

I’ve been reading a lot of books written by old time strongmen lately and the lessons and insights in them have been pretty amazing. It is true that there is nothing new under the sun and most of what we think of as “new” and “cutting edge” is really just a rediscovery of things we […]

Are we misapplying “Light Hands-Heavy Feet” to mountain biking?

So I know that this one might catch some flak. If so, I’ll admit that part of it is going to be my inability to articulate my points as well as I would like. Anytime I try to introduce a new concept like this I usually need a few tries to dial in what I’m […]

New Podcast Interview with the Strength Matters Podcast.

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 […]

What does the term “sport specific” really mean for mountain bikers?

One of the most confusing terms in training is the moniker “sport specific”. While we can all agree that it is important to follow a sport specific program, how it best applies to you can be a bit fuzzy. The reason for this is because the term applies differently to each of the 4 Training […]

Does improvement come from testing your limits or expanding your comfort zone?

A few years ago I was sitting around after a ride BS’ing with my riding buddies about our ride. While we were talking about how we made it through a particular technical descent, one of the guys – who was known for crashing a lot – asked an interesting question… “You mean you guys aren’t […]

The real secret to better cardio on the trail…

I think that people sometimes get the impression that I don’t think that pedaling your bike is important for being a good mountain biker. With my constant message of Cardio Training is Overrated for Mountain Bikers, not using Road Bikes for Training and the Importance of Strength and Mobility Training I can see why some […]

Can you be “too strong” for mountain biking?

The other day I got a great question on my Facebook Fanpage asking if is there a point at which strength is optimized, and endurance/ cardio training becomes the priority. While there are a lot of factors at play and the specifics can change based on the athlete and their situation, in general I think […]

My most controversial podcast interview ever?

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 […]

Is your bike shop “over-prescribing” bike technologies?

This morning I was reading the book Anti-Fragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, which is by far the best book I’ve read in a long time. I think that everyone should check it out as it does a great job of dispelling a lot of myths about our modern lives and our overreliance on linear (straight […]