Mountain Bike Fitness | Get Motivated!

Mountain Bike Fitness | Get Motivated!


– So it’s a new year and a
great time for some resolutions, and I think a really good
one is to become fitter. But to do that you’re going
to need some motivations, so let’s try and get motivated. (upbeat electronic music) (crunching) Of course not everyone
strives to be fitter. Maybe you’re a dedicated
downhill rider only but I bet it will make you faster. It’s going to make your
riding days longer, so it will make a difference. (calm electronic music) Strength is going to help
most types of riding, but especially downhill
and enduro where you need good sprint strength and the
ability to ride aggressively stood up. That’s going to make you faster. Of course for cross country,
a good amount of endurance is as important as pedalling power. But somewhere in the middle
of cardio fitness and strength is going to help enduro riders
and pretty much all other types of riders from the
casual weekend riders to the cross country mile munchies. (calm electronic music) A turbo training can also
really help tough up your Winter fitness. But or me it’s always proved
as much the mental challenge as it is a physical. Cause the minutes seem to drag
by when you’re on a turbo. Although having said that,
I know that if I can’t find time for a proper ride
all I need is to buy 40 minutes in the carriage on my turbo and I can get a pretty serious workout. One alternative I find
recently to turbo training, is actually using Zwift,
so it makes it much easier to do long rides. While away time on the
turbo training with that bit of interaction going on. (calm electronic music) Big cross country rides
have always played a part of my Winter training
just to try and mix things up a little bit. So I go for long mellow
rides, in the coldest and wettest conditions
just to up my endurance. But also use those to check
out some new locations, I look on Google maps,
get out the old paper maps and just scour locations, maybe
for riding spots in Summer. As Summer time does come
closer, I shorten those rides. I make them more intense
and work on my power ride. (calm electronic music) The gym has also played a big
part in my Winter training. Trying to use a mix of circuit training and then weight training. Doing the simple moves like
the deadlift, the squat and a bench press. They do make a big difference
to your power on the bike. It’s also nice to hide away from the worst of the British weather and not
have to worry about washing your bike after every training session. (calm electronic music) So back in my pro downhill
and enduro days, my mix of training would look
something like this. One long mellow, cross
country road ride a week, two or three gym sessions a week working on strength obviously,
and then two sessions on my turbo trainer in the
garrows and I would really work on my sprint and lactate threshold. (calm electronic music) Final type of training I
like to do is to actually mix things up and do some
cross training in Winter to try to keep things fresh. So I’ve done some cycle cross
racing, some fell running but also most across,
use to do a lot of that. Was racing downhill. And all of those things
really help to keep me fit and actually try to keep me
motivated through the worst of Winters. (calm electronic music) Now to do all that training
you’re going to have to keep yourself motivated,
and I think for me I really needed a goal to keep
myself doing it all Winter. So, it could be anything. It could be a big end to end
ride, or a bike packing route, or a race in Summer time. Try to set yourself a goal
and get working towards it. For me last Winter I saw
some pictures of the Andes specifico and so I really want
to do that and that had me following my schedule everyday. So, for me, set yourself
a goal and hopefully you’ll get there. Hopefully you’re feeling motivated. I know I am. So, I’m going to check these
videos out and you should too, up there for how to train
for endurance, that’s what I use to do, and down there
for some core work in a gym. Give a thumbs up if you love
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