When it comes to power training exercises for mountain biking the Push Press is rarely seen. Since it looks like an upper body exercise most riders pass it up in favor of more lower body specific exercises.
However, when you understand how to do a Push Press properly you realize that it IS a lower body exercise and, in fact, is one of the best ways to work on your Standing Pedaling specific power.
Riders that I’ve trained who have begun using the Push Press have see a dramatic improvement in their ability to power through harder gears and pick up speed faster. Plus, since you can do some Stagger Stance variations it can help your switch stance balance as well.
In this new video I show you how to perform a proper Push Press for mountain biking and then show you a few variations that are even more specific to the demands of our unique sport.
If you are new to using the Push Press I’d suggest starting out with doing 2 sets of 5 reps, focusing more on speed and form than weight. Do them early in your workout so you’re fresh and able to give laser focus to each rep – I usually do them first in a workout as part of a circuit with a core training exercise.
Once you’ve got a few weeks of practice under your belt you can start to use them as part of a more comprehensive program like my MTB DB Combos Program. There are a lot of ways to incorporate this exercise into your routine and you’ll definitely see the benefits on the trail when you do.
If you have any questions about this exercise or how to use it as part of your workout just post a comment below and I’ll get to it ASAP. And if you liked this tip please click one of the Like or Share buttons to help spread the word.
Until next time…