Tuesday Bike Fitness Tip
First off, I hope y’all are finding the new website easy to navigate and are enjoying some of our new features, like a search bar and the option to shop by bike fitment.
Secondly, I have not been riding due to an injury but that is not an excuse to not be productive with what I can do.
I have been using the time that I usually dedicate to riding and racing to learn more about training, lifting, muscles, etc… Since, I am still able to train legs, I have been addressing the weaknesses that I have ignored in the past.
I hit 275lbs on the leg press today. 6 weeks ago, I was at 120lbs. It’s amazing what you can do when you pay attention to your weaknesses and learn how to fix them. My hamstrings have always been super weak and I hated training them for that reason so I didn’t. I also had “super tight” hip flexors. That can also be associated with weak glutes. I also knew I hadn’t been using my legs as much as I could on a dirt bike. But why is that important? Legs and core control the bike not your arms. I was not being as efficient as I could be. I knew that but didn’t want to admit it.
If you feel like the bike is riding you, I would first address, proper form. Proper form is on the toes, hinging at the hips, and controlling the bike with your legs providing a lighter grip on the bars. Study your form and study other riders with this form like Ryan Hughes, Ken Roczen, Cooper Web… Locate that small detail you might be missing, work on it. When riding every day is not an option, build core and leg strength.
Having core and leg strength is not just important for form but it can also help prevent injuries. Some injuries can be avoided with having muscle built up. Less injuries = doing more of the things you love.
Another added benefit, putting full effort into form and strength training might make you ride faster, be more efficient, ride safer, and enjoy riding more!
If you do not know where to start, reach out, I am happy to help!