Great exercises from James Wilson!
Top 4 Exercises for Better Body Position
One of the most important movement skills for any mountain biker to posses is the basic “hip hinge”. This is your ability to bend at the hips and not at the lower back and it is directly related to your ability to get into good body position on the bike. Without this movement skill you will always struggle to find balance and flow on the trail.
No matter where you are on this exercise continuum, practicing the appropriate level of exercise for you will go a long way to helping you gain better command of this all important movement pattern. Without it you will struggle to apply all other techniques to your bike and quickly hit the ceiling on how fast you can go while maintaining balance and control. Add these exercises into your training routine and you’ll see a marked increase in your balance and flow on the trail.
Check out this short write up with photos from our San Diego camp with certified coach Dylan Renn!
Dylan has been getting great reviews and a lot of experience coaching this summer! In his third season with BetterRide he has aced all of our coaching courses, assisted me (Gene) at 5 camps, taught more than 10 mini-camps and now is only the 4th coach certified to coach our signature 3 day camps. Congratulations Dylan! I know it took a lot of work, practice and dedication on your part!
In 12 years of coaching mtb skills I still cannot get over how closed minded mountain bikers can be! “Oh, he is a single speeder, they always…”, “damn downhiller’s with 8″ of travel, of course they can ride that section, no skill, the bike does all the work, bet he can’t climb to save his life”, “look at that idiot on that fully rigid bike doesn’t he know…”, etc. Well, we are doing the exact same spot! Riding bicycles off road and guess what? The Core, Fundamental Skills are All The Same no matter what kind of mtb you are riding!
Why is this important to you? Because if you want to improve you can learn a lot from riders that are different from you. The skill it takes for Greg Minnaar and Mitch Ropelato to corner so well is the exact same skill all mountain bikers need, regardless of the bike they are on or the label they give themselves.
So open your mind and stop labeling people/riders/things. You can learn from our examples/videos/coaching even if the example we us is on a much different bike that yours. We are fortunate enough to coach many of the best races in the world in all disciplines of mtb racing and we teach them all the same core skills (although in our downhill camps we don’t teach climbing skills as climbing on a 40lb bike isn’t much fun!).
Yes, we taught singlespeed World Champions Ross Schnell and Sue Haywood the exact same cornering skills we taught World Cup downhill racers Mitch Ropelato and Jackie Harmony.
Check out this video from the Dual slalom at Crankworx! Great to see 3 BetterRiders in the finals and one of them winning the event! Bummer to see two of them going up against each other in the first round, Cody Kelly is a ripper and he had to face Mitch Ropelato in the first round! They are good friends and I have had the pleasure of coaching both of them, great kids as well as great mountain bikers.
Although we are most famous for having the best mountain bikers in the world (like World Champions Ross Schnell and Sue Haywood) taking our camps most of our students are just passionate riders looking to improve. While it feels really good and strokes my ego when MTB races like Ross tell me how much they leaned in our camps it is emails like the following too that really make my day.
Here are two emails that students have send Andy recently:
Andy — I wanted to write to say thank you SO much for your awesome instruction at the Madison Better Ride camp.
Thanks again for a great class in Cincinnati, worth every dime. You are great at what you do, and a perfect teacher…..keep it up!
Got my 31in bars and 50mm stem along with the seat post…..AWESOME!
It’s like a new bike, I love it. Really amazing the difference that all makes…….who’d a thunk it. lol
Thanks again for everything and I will be in the 2nd class for sure.
Have a great summer….