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b2ap3_thumbnail_Last-Snowshoe-of-the-Betty-Season-2011-01-03-010-1280x960.jpgSo how much do we benefit by slogging it out on a treadmill at the gym?  and how much do we enjoy it?  It is interesting as regardless of the goal it seems the experts are more and more telling us that endless hours of Cardio is not the answer - regardless of the question.  Unless your aim is to look like an Iron man triathlete - personally I find that they look older than they are and a little sick then Cardio and more cardio is not what you are looking for.

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Handstand PushupThis morning this post from James Wilson arrived in my inbox and with Spring on the horizon I thought that I would share some great exercises to help get you ready for the biking season and put a little challenge into your workout.  The great thing about bodyweight exercises is that you don't need to go to the gym to do them!  This quick bodyweight routine is a great addition to your existing workout or to get you started in the morning at home.

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How do you feel about Endurance vs. Cardio?  Let me ask you a question – do you want better “cardio” or “endurance” from your training program? Cardio and Endurance are not the same thing, unfortunately building cardio without balance in the rest of your program you will not reap the full benefits of your hard earned Cardio. James Wilson delves into this subject and gives you the solutions you need to work smarter not harder!  Our bodies need balance to function at their best, without this balance you will not get the results you are looking for.

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Fall Riding Tune - Ups

b2ap3_thumbnail_2013-06-04-15.43.29.jpgI find that this is the time of year that the craziness of summer gives way to schedules and time to get back on the trail for some refocus.  During the heat of the season I find my focus shifts from fine tuning my skills and getting my head back in the game at the start of our riding season to discovering new trails, having fun with friends and riding to enjoy the amazing trails we have around us.  Fall coming gives me a chance to regroup, think about my skills and tidy up all those bad habits I have picked up and fix a few techniques that are broken.

Cornering is something that we all find ourselves working at, most of the time.  It is hard to pick up the correct technique and it is a technique that we all need to work on everytime we hit the trail.

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At this point in the season I start to notice those aches and pains that pop up from too much biking and not enough of anything else.  This morning James Wilson pointed out that this may be related to the lack of stretching in my biking!  The good news is I'm not alone and I have the tools to help.

Getting tight and losing some mobility is one of those things that doesn't seem like a big deal at first but it catches up with you eventually. While at first you may just feel a little stiff, if left alone that stiffness can start to rob you of power and endurance while also setting you up for an overuse injury.

For us as mountain bikers keeping the hips, shoulders and ankles mobile becomes even harder because we spend so much time in the same basic position on the bike. Standing up to pedal helps with this some since you're in less of a static position compared to seated pedaling but even then you need to do something to avoid letting stiffness turn into something worse.

In this video I show you a simple 5 minute routine that you can do before and/ or after a ride to keep your joints mobile so they can perform and feel their best.

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Some good advice from Chris on how to ride your mountain bike over a log feature.....mtbtips.com

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The last few months have been a blur of bike camps, clinics, after school programs and more.  It has been such a great experience and I feel that I have learnt a lot and really expanded my coaching skills.  The downside is that I cannot look at anyone (including myself) on a bike without subconsciously breaking down their technique and making adjustments.  The most common thing that I am seeing out on the trails is a lack of fundamental skills.

Last week James Wilson sent out an email talking about 'trackstands' and why they are key to your biking skill set.  He made some great points, and underlined many of my key teaching focuses so I wanted to share them with you.

There is no secret technique or trick that will help you get better at stand up pedalling, switchbacks and many other aspects of biking; the truth is that both of them boil down to one thing and that is your ability to balance on your bike.  That is that if you have holes in your fundamental balance on the bike you’ll always struggle with slow speed skills on the trail.  Which comes back to ..

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Bike James

Did you know your bike has three wheels?  As important as checking the spokes on the two wheels of your bike that hit the dirt, the third wheel (YOU) must also have all spokes straight with air in the tires.

 

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Thanks Bike James for this great exercise to help improve your stand up pedal strength.  The airborne lunge is a great single leg squat variation that really challenges the lower body in a unique way. The position of the legs is more similar to standing pedaling on your bike than a standard single leg squat but this variation is also very tough for most riders and hard to pull off at first. This leaves a lot of riders frustrated and giving up on this great exercise too early.

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Do you feel intimidated by the Park?

Don't really know what the boys mean when they say 'I just did a method' or 'that was a sweet Indy'?  And feel a little dumb asking?

Here is the girls guide to snowboard tricks, build your confidence by knowing what the terms mean - I mean really if the boys can figure it out so can we!!

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A quick post from James Wilson answering a question that I'm sure many of us have had!!

Overtraining is a funny thing - either you never have to worry about it because you are too lazy to work that hard (nothing wrong with that in some respects) or you seem to be in a constant battle with it as you try to balance your desire to do more and work harder with the reality that you can't physically handle everything you think you need to do. Some riders need a kick in the pants and some, like the rider in this Rider Q&A blog post, need to be told it is alright to back off a bit every now and then.

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I recently received this email from James Wilson about the ability to recover efficiently during exercise efforts.  Whether you are out on the trail or at the gym Your ability to recover between hard efforts is a vital skill that can be just as important as training your ability to work hard.

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Check out the daily BettyGoHard Shred tip - how to ride the pow like a rockstar!!  Women Snowboarding.

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Not just relating strictly to your pedals, James Wilson has some great points about equipment enhancing or covering up technique.

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