Every group has it’s “dirty words”. You know, those words you aren’t supposed to say or subjects that everyone knows not to bring up.

You can usually tell someone who is new to a group because they don’t know these trigger words and can sometimes say the wrong thing or bring up the wrong subject.

For example, when you are hanging out with a bunch of right-wing conservative types you don’t mention the words Obama, government healthcare or gun control.

When hanging out with a bunch of left-wing liberal types you don’t mention the words George Bush, oil or Wall Street.

And when hanging out with a bunch of mountain bikers you don’t mention the words fitness or training.

Dirty Word

But why are these dirty words to so many mountain bikers?

The other day I came across a very well written and insightful article on this subject. It looked at the history of our sport and how that history helped shape a lot of the current attitudes towards training.

I really liked it and thought you would find it interesting as well. You can check it out by clicking the link below:

Fitness: Why is such a simple subject so taboo in mountain biking?

Once you know the history of our sport a little better you can start to see that there are a lot of things we take for granted that are based on nothing but tradition. And while I’m glad to see that “fitness” isn’t as dirty of a word as it used to be in mountain biking, we still have a long way to go.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems

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