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 of the reasons that skills training is such a popular subject among riders. While some riders try to “out-fitness” their way through everything, a lot of riders recognize the need to improve their trail specific skills.
At the heart of it are two things – increased performance and safety. A more skilled rider can not only ride faster and use less energy but they are also less likely to put themselves in bad spot and more likely to be able to deal with the ones they do find themselves in.
And so every year thousands of riders invest countless hours and money in attending skills camps, watching videos and reading articles and books in an attempt to improve their fundamental skills on the trail.
But what if some of the most popular advice that is being given isn’t really the best way to teach someone the desired skill?
Worse yet, what if some of this advice was actually holding you back on the trail?
Well, unfortunately that is exactly what I’ve found to be the case. After spending years trying to apply the normal skills training advice to execute basic skills like Body Position and Cornering, I came to realize that a lot of what we are taught has us focused on the wrong things.
The problem that I found was that most of this skills training advice was either blindly applied from another sport (usually motorcycle riding) or it sounded good in theory but it actually went against how the human body is designed to optimally move.
By focusing on the specifics of our sport and respecting the human body in the process I found I was able to improve my skills much faster and, better yet, I was better able to apply those improved skills to new trails and situations.
Over the years I’ve had the chance to work with hundreds of riders and I’ve found that there are 3 pieces of skills training advice that are pure myth. These 3 things actually hold back a lot of riders who try to apply them.
And while I’ve talked about them all at one point or another on my blog and podcasts, I wanted to put on a free webinar that goes over these Top 3 MTB Skills Training Myths all together. Here’s what you’ll learn in this free webinar:
– Why “elbows out” is the wrong way to get your arms in the right position…and what simple cue can get your elbows in the right place every time.
– Why “light lights, heavy feet” can result in an unbalanced position that robs you of braking power, traction and cornering stability…and what you should be focused on to maintain the best balance in any situation.
– Why “lean the bike and not your body” may work on a motorcycle but is the wrong way to corner your mountain bike for maximum traction and balance…and how a childhood game is the key to unlocking this skill.
– And much more…
I’m holding this free webinar next week on Tuesday the 26th at 10 am MT and I hope you’ll be able to join me. You can click on the link below to register for the webinar and to have the webinar replay sent to you in case you can’t make the live event.
As usual I’ll be doing a 45-60 minute presentation and then I’ll open it up to some Q&A where you can ask me about anything I covered in the seminar or anything else you’d like my opinion on. I expect there to be a lot of questions for this one and I’ll hang out as long as it takes to answer everyone’s questions.
Like I’ve said many times before, I’m not a “natural rider” and I’ve had to work hard to get improve my skills. I invested a lot of time and money in the process and yet I always found my ability to consistently apply a lot of the advice I was given to the trail.
Only when I started to think outside the normal “skills training box” did I start to find ways that worked better for myself and my clients. I hope that you’ll join me for this free webinar where I’ll share a lot of the hard learned lessons I’ve learned along the way and hopefully they can help you enjoy riding even more.
Let me know if you have any questions about the webinar, otherwise click on the link above and register for it today. I’m looking forward to sharing some great ride-changing info and I know you’ll get a lot out of it.
Until next time…
MTB Strength Training System