Humbled: Mike Levy vs Richie Rude in the Gym - Video

Jan 4, 2018 at 15:09
by Mike Levy  


The first episode of Humbled made it painfully obvious that, shock of shocks, Brendan Fairclough has a thing or two on me when it comes to bike handling skills. You know, Mr. Fairclough of World Cup racing fame, a handful of blistering movie appearances, and some Rampage absurdity... Okay, maybe no one was surprised. But I've always wondered how a normal guy like me - a guy who rides a lot but who doesn't do much more than the odd push-up or three - compares to a full-time professional racer when talking about strength. I mean, these guys are ordinary, average people who just happen to know how to ride a mountain bike really, really fast, aren't they?

If we're going to talk about strength, there's one dude that immediately comes to mind: Yeti's Richie Rude. He may only be twenty-three, but the American already has a Junior World Championship downhill victory and two Enduro World Series overall titles on his résumé. Oh, and arms bigger than my legs. And, legs bigger than my torso. Surely it's all just beach muscle, though.

Richie, along with Aaron Gwin and a few other fast names, has long worked with Todd Schumlick of PerformX Training for his off-the-bike grind. Schumlick covers everything from a bio-mechanic assessment, dynamic reflex exercises, nutrition and goal setting, and of course more traditional weight training and wattage work, but since I'm not aiming for World Cup or EWS wins (lucky for Richie), we focused on comparing the latter two talking points.

You'll have to watch the video to see how I fared against Richie at each test, but it's safe to say that the Yeti phenom has me covered and then some. Let's take a simplified look at the bike test that was done on a Concept2 BikeErg machine:

The maximum wattage test is a ramp-up effort rather than a simple all-out sprint, which would result in higher numbers. Richie threw down 571 watts (0.765 hp) while I managed to squeak out 407 (0.545 hp). That means that Richie was putting out a whopping 40-percent more power than I was able to - I could do squats and lunges every day for the rest of my life with Richie on my back and still not close that gap. Next, we took 90-percent of our max wattage numbers and held that figure for as long as possible; Richie could hold his 514 watts for 1 minute and 2 seconds, whereas I could hold 366 watts for just 49 seconds. So, not only is Richie putting out a lot more power, he's able to sustain it for 26-percent longer than I could manage.

Okay, let's find out what the difference would be in the real(ish) world. Assuming that Richie and I did the same 90-percent test (holding 90-percent of our maximum watts for as long as possible) on level ground, and taking into consideration each of our weights, and that we'd be riding the same 26.4lb bike, he'd manage to cover 805.4 meters or smash it out for 62 seconds at 12.99 meters/second. What about ol' lowly Levy? I'd be 267 meters behind Richie because I can only manage a distance of 567.4 meters at 11.58 meters/second for 49 seconds.

Better put, Richie would be just shy of two and a half football fields ahead of me. So much for my beach muscle theory, eh?
Richie vs Levy on the Concept2 BikeErg

Levy vs Rude

Filmed and edited by Peter Wojnar


274 Comments

  • 307 2
 I liked the part where he did everything better than you, @mikelevy.
  • 413 5
 We didn't do squats, though. I think I would have had him if we had done squats. Yeah.
  • 46 8
 @mikelevy: Well, done, but man, watch trying to lift too much. I know when you were trying to lift Richie's weights, it was for effect, but I was worried about your back a couple times. Looks like you were under capable supervision, though.
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: No doubt.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 5, 2018 at 11:11) (Below Threshold)
 @mikelevy: I ride less and on cheaper bikes than you and I'd humble you... Big Grin 2019, coming to BC, You have 1,5 year! And drop some fat man. You're at least 20%.
  • 18 0
 That dead lift part sent phantom pains through my back when I thought for a moment he was really gonna try and lift that !
  • 27 19
 @mikelevy: Mike get on some good testosterone say 250mg a week.. A good bcaa with glutamine and creatine.. Eat 6 to 8 smaller meals a day with 1.5 gram per pound of body weight in protein... Shovel back carlsons fish oil and get on a good whey protein isolate shake.. Be committed 4-5 days a week in gym all while keeping up on your riding.. Watch yourself close the gap on Richie! Atleast in terms of strength!
  • 17 3
 @WAKIdesigns: I'd love to see this!
  • 20 0
 @mikelevy: You just need to get creative...maybe you could have taken him at thumb wrestling?
  • 17 1
 @WAKIdesigns: @mikelevy I truly hope i can be there to watch that! I will bring the weigh scale for an allyoucaneat competition. My treat!!!
  • 18 3
 @WAKIdesigns: i for one will watch this video of waki smoking the whole pinkbike staff
  • 31 2
 @mikelevy would kill him in an XC race though. Also surprised Mike wasn't better at the ski machine. That up and down motion with something in each hand is his specialty. Perhaps he'd do better in a longer duration test. All kidding aside, keep this series coming. Mike is the perfect host.
  • 4 0
 @bigburd: yep i thought he was doomed to blow out his back.
  • 5 0
 holy crap, i was scared for mike on that dl attempt.
  • 9 21
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 5, 2018 at 13:12) (Below Threshold)
 @bohns1: I thought BCAA was tested to be a legit BS
  • 56 1
 @WAKIdesigns: It's cold and that 20% is insulation.
  • 27 0
 @bohns1: Nah, I'll stick to chili out of a can, energy drinks, and pepperoni. Now you all know my secret!
  • 18 0
 @jbravo: His thumbs looked pretty beefy, too.
  • 45 0
 @scott54: I just wasn't used to standing up while doing that motion.
  • 5 0
 @mikelevy: this would be a great series, mike. just sayin..
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: The 'secret' to pre- and post-ride farts that will be in the car seat forever, that is.
  • 9 0
 @fullbug: They'll be more for sure.
  • 4 3
 hahaha you slightly older fuck.
  • 2 0
 @bohns1: Sounds easy! And cheap!
  • 1 2
 @jbravo: nice name bruh
  • 2 0
 @bohns1: or human growth hormone and pizza.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: ahhh that's where the belly comes from!
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Do some research! I recommend starting with a gent named Jeff Cavaliere of athlean x... Hands down one the best physiotherapist/strength conditioning coach around! He does his thing on YouTube and it's some of the best education you'll ever receive for free!
  • 1 0
 @fullfacemike: Neither of those! But you can't put a price on the results! If you care enough that is.
  • 2 0
 @Monstertruckermotherfuker: That could work! You could negate the subcataneous adipose fatty tissue from the pizza dough with 5iu of hgh every other day and stack it with some clenbuterol! That would keep your metabolic furnace going! Give it a shot and let me know how it works out for you.... Ha!
  • 3 1
 @mikelevy: do you even squat? bro
  • 14 5
 @WAKIdesigns: someone take away this warriors keyboard for a month. you need a timeout
  • 2 0
 @jbravo: scrabble or boulderdash
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: Mike I think you did pretty well considering racing isn't your job.

I'm glad you weren't up against Nino in the wattage tests tho.
  • 4 1
 @bohns1: Waki v The World
  • 13 15
 @bohns1: I did relatively a lot of research and generally try to have more than one source of information. Even major body building sites and some supplement makers are stating the BCAA is effective only for people on caloric deficit, or while working out in a fasting time of the day. The ability of BCAA to supress muscle breakdown in such state is limited and if you are not careful with counting calories it will not help you. If you train while fasting, For a MTB related Workout which would involve burning 500+ calories the you are sabotaging your efforts right away. No BCAA will help you. You will also feel like crap and you will not be able to perform to your full potential. Body buildiers or Endurance athletes like runners are indeed in the group who can benefit. MTBers doing plenty of mixed exercise in explosive state don’t gain much. Getting a good workout program, sleep/ recovery and nutrition is hard enough for vast majority of amateurs. Putting belief in snake oils like BCAA may work as placebo for some and it cannot be ignored but it is still snake oil.
  • 8 8
 @bohns1 - simply said, staying on protein surplus is possibly the safest and most effective strategy for building muscle and losing fat through caloric deficit/ fasting. Relying on BCAA is for dudes who want to tap into 10% body fat. And why do they want to get there is a whole another question.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: Well...you did squat in general Big Grin
  • 6 4
 @WAKIdesigns: dude u serious... Most quality protein now a days has bcaa in it... Bcaa is the foundation of all living organisms.. The building blocks of life are aminos dude... Read up on a Legend by the name of Mr Frank Zane and u will learn! Bcaa also aid in protein synthesis... Listen, results just come way easier on a good bcaa... There's no argument about it.. If you want to take the long drawn out road then be my guest!

As far as 10% bf goes... Why the f*ck would u not want to be there? It's the greatest feeling in the world.. Awesome strength to weight ratio... Enhanced output on the bike all topped off by looking like a menace with no shirt on... Its all a win in my books!
  • 2 5
 @WAKIdesigns: Tell that to Jeff Cavaliere and Frank Zane! And dude see what I'm saying! To much keyboard warrioring when u could be training! I'll make it simple for you.. Protein with a good bcaa already included.. Creatine/Glutamine, carlsons fish oil and a good multi... When I started this my numbers went through the roof in 3 weeks.. Coupled with Impeccable diet of course! Stop dissecting every little bit of information... Spend some coin and try it... Thank me later!
  • 8 7
 @bohns1: in 3 weeks? Wow man, how much kool aid do they add to it? Big Grin how much do you must spend on their supplements to want to believe? And no worries I’ll give my fingers some rest soon, going to the gym next week. 2 weeks of prep work, then lifting heavy. Aiming for 160kg x3 before the summer. Muscle ups and sht. Cold exposure, diving under ice, will be fun. Then skate park twice a week. I’ve been with family for over a month now, daughter started with ring worms, then proceeded to stomach flu, one week rest, common cold into caughing like a chainsmoker dying from cancer, currently on ear inflammation. Third Christmas like that, where’s this a*shole telling me to spend time with my family?
  • 1 1
 @bohns1: testosterone booster bulbine natalensis. probably before all that supplement stuff he’ll need to clean out the gunk stuck in his intestines so he can improve his nutrient absorption but since i’m not a meat head this will be ignored. creatine great for muscle pump at gym but not much else lol tho if you really really really want it get the creapure monohydrate branded ones
  • 2 6
flag bohns1 (Jan 6, 2018 at 16:19) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: hahah ok Waki! Clearly you are wack! If it's kool-aid then it's Kool-aid that works, and I'm not going to argue with the results... Clearly you have very little education on this topic if you think all the aforementioned supps I mention to you to make ur life easier are kool-aid! Despite the numerous case studies especially on Creatine.. As previously stated.. Keep going about the way you do things and enjoy, as clearly you supercede the knowledge of guys like Zane and Cavaliere!
  • 3 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Sounds like a hole shit ton of excuses to me dude! ????
  • 1 4
 @robdpzero: No man! Not booster shit! Actual low dose test.. Especially over 40.. Yes mono pure is the stuff.. Meat head? Haha love those tired titles! Look nothing of the sort.. Tall and super lanky here.. Just ripped/hard and strong! Creatine works great to mash out a few extra reps! I don't know, a few more reps equals new strength that atleast for me as crossed over into my all out wattage on smart trainer... It all has a relationship, and it all depends on your goals... Works for me and as long as I'm continually improving I'm a keep on keepin on!
  • 3 0
 @bohns1: only negative is your boner shrinks to 2inches Big Grin
  • 8 4
 @bohns1: I talked exclusively about BCAA being a BS, not creatine. I take creatine monohydrate myself. If they toss it into your protein they may as well add multivitamins to make it even better. And if you’ve seen results after 3 months yo are talking absolute crap. You can talk results of any conditioning and nutrition after 2-3 months, and actual gains over an average Joe after 1-2 years, the rest is in your head. Also the base for nutrition is always macros and how much you out in and put out while eating enough stuff coming from regular food, the chosen supplements are just icing on the cake. Protein powders are simply a cheaper and easier to put into your mouth than chicken and fish after you’ve eaten a regular daily portion. If you did see geunine gains within short period of time then I’d really check what they put in and if your balls didn’t shrink
  • 1 3
 @WAKIdesigns: No dude not in my head! I've been on the weights consistently for 3 years straight.. Off and on before that for atleast 15 years.. Bcaa once added to the mix with L glutamine my results shot up extraordinarily! Not to mention I was creatine the entire time so take that out of the equation... Dude if your getting all ur required protein just from food source then then I doubt ur getting enough especially if adding and maintaining lean muscle... I need 1.5 gram of protein per pound of body weight daily... Even after 4-6 meals a day of strictly chicken fish turkey and lean ground beef I come up short.. Adding a shake or two has upped macro needs suffice to where I need to be... I think it's quite apparent that yours and my goals are completely different different.. U can keyboard warrior All day long about what works and what doesn't and placebo this or that... But again my results speak for themselves..

All this talk about expense on supps... Haha dude if u can't afford a whey protein isolate from 6 star with added bcaa from Walmart u got bigger problems!
  • 1 2
 @WAKIdesigns: ur balls won't shrink on normal hrt levels of say 100-200mg of test cypionate per week dude... Something that you yourself will need to consider as u hit the 40 and beyond marker and still want optimum performance... It is a cold hard truth that many feel unease to discuss!
  • 1 1
 @themountain: Nope! U need some edumatacion me thinks! In excess ur system will shit off ur balls.. Boner does not change!
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bcaas-the-many-benefits-of-amino-acids.html

There's just one for ya Wacko! But I know! That won't scientific enough for ya! Haha.. Its a known fact of the effects of bcaa on catobolic breakdown and protein synthesis! Whether u want to hear it or not! The shit works!
  • 4 2
 @bohns1: I know I am an idiot, wanker and whatever you want me to be but you read what you want to read. I said that supplemental protein is a cheap and comfortable way of getting protein to get the macros right. Since my caloric requirements rarely exceed 3k a day, I rarely have problem with getting it from food and a little protein shake. Whatever man. I don’t give a sht. I’m just stimulating my brain until my kids get healthy and I can get my life back. Christmas is the worst fkng time of the year.
  • 1 4
 @WAKIdesigns: No dude.. I don't read what I want to read.. That's just it.. I can site hundreds of articles on the benefits of bcaa all day long... The biggest merits I've noticed are protein synthesis and muscle anabolism on a caloric deficit... Which does despite my training, riding coupled with bf% goals I'm usually in... Especially when eating clean... Bcaa gives me that edge.. Try it sometime! The protein synthesis that occurs after a kick arse deep rem sleep is amazing.. You wake up tighter and fuller... Yes, some of that is aesthetics purpose only.. But hey, I love it!
  • 3 0
 @bohns1: Carlson’s Fish Oil... ha!
  • 1 2
 @ride2day: Don't knock it man! Some of the best shit the body can have... I'd bet a paycheck that Richie's on it!
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Nobody cares sad man. Take a break from the computer
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: I love you Mike.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I think Waki should go on humbled and have to talk to people who actually know something about what they're saying, it would be WAY more uneven than Levy v Rude????????
  • 1 0
 @slo-town-cyclist: oh that sounds like that first podcast I made
  • 1 0
 Yeah. How rude of Richie to humiliate @mikelevy like that... Big Grin
  • 91 6
 For all of you out there who say, "Screw training and conditioning... Just get out and ride!" That's the difference between you and Richie Rude.
  • 103 2
 we also don't race professionally cross training is great, but if I have to choose between hitting the gym and going for a ride...well yeah, that's an easy one
  • 29 1
 @nvranka: Yeah, for sure. I'm a middle-aged desk jockey. My days of ever hoping to be as good as Richie Rude are over, but guys on here talk like there's no benefit to lifting or doing conditioning, like it's all get on the bike and everything else will iron itself out. That's not the case. Even getting a couple times a week in the weight room for me helps tremendously with stability. I'm willing to sacrifice a couple hours of riding to make sure I'm in good enough condition and strong enough to ride properly.
  • 24 0
 @nvranka: For sure, 100% agree. I do try to make time for training (although it doesn't show in the video) only because it means that I'll enjoy my riding time even more.
  • 6 1
 @mikelevy: If I didn't get that point across above, that's it, exactly. Couple hours in the weight room, more fun on the bike.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: no doubt, same
  • 8 3
 this is why God invented Winter
  • 25 23
 @nvranka - that's why we do gym in the winter and spring time, so that when we hit the trails around late March we are faster than those who were doing night riding, weekend warrioring and talking about how great 50/01 is and how gay e-bikes are.
  • 7 10
 Except it isn't the weight room that makes you fast. Get out and ride your bike more, like a lot more. Like 5 days a week for 2 to 4hrs each time and then you will get seriously fast.
  • 4 2
 @TheR Bs! Strength and conditioning has taken me to new heights on a bike I previously thought unattainable! And I'm old AF!
  • 13 17
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 5, 2018 at 13:15) (Below Threshold)
 @bohns1: train a bit more, eat a bit better and you'll sell your Eagle since you won't be using the biggest cog anymore
  • 1 0
 @bohns1: What's BS? Seems we agree the weight room will make you faster. Do you mean being as fast as Richie Rude? I'm not going to tell anyone not to go for it if that's what they want to do, but I work around elite athletes and know what it takes to be the best in the world. If that's still your thing, go for it. Just make sure you have a clear understanding of what it takes. Most people have no clue. I'm happy keeping fit and riding to the best of my ability -- and that includes throwing the weights around.
  • 9 4
 @WAKIdesigns: come on down to alberta Rockies on ur stop to bc and we'll go for a rip bud! I'll show Ya what training and eating well has done! Eagle is just cuz I can! Your a parent and a full time keyboard warrior Wacko! Highly doubt u have time to train like the big boys!
  • 4 1
 @TheR: My bad dude.. I read it wrong and quickly from my phone at work.. Thought u said "screw training"! My bad! We are on the same page! No, I have no intention of trying to be the best.. My training has made me a better rider than I've ever been at almost 40..Training is an entirely separate addiction!
  • 5 1
 @WAKIdesigns:
just because you have no style and just like to XC all day doesn't mean you have hate people having more fun
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: winter? you mean tacky riding season?
  • 4 0
 @WhatAboutBob: What makes you faster is going to depend on where you're currently at. Where your riding skill is and what kind of shape you're in. If you're a bad rider in good shape riding your bike frequently and practicing skills is what you should work on. However if you're a good rider but in bad shape you should be in the gym and doing fitness rides if you want to improve.
  • 1 1
 @tom666: what if you're a great rider in great shape like Nino Schurter or Richie Rude? My guess is that they all spend more time on the bike than in the weight room, but they neglect no detail in either department.
  • 1 0
 @TheR: If you're trying to be the best rider in the world you can't neglect either department
  • 8 1
 @tom666: @tom666: Going to the gym will make you faster but only if you are riding your bike a lot on top of that. If you are spending 10-15hrs a week pedalling your bike then going to the gym, if sequenced right, can be benificial. And for an elite enduro racer it might give them that extra 1% that allows them win instead of place 7th. But if you are going the gym 5hrs a week and only riding your bike 5hrs a week then you are wasting your time in the gym.

95% of race fitness comes from riding a bike. The gym is just the icing on the cake.
  • 6 8
 @WhatAboutBob: Do you have any training record to support that opinion? Because what you say goes against any educated logic Wink
  • 2 0
 @nvranka: True and I tend to agree.. But let me tell you.. As u get older, you're going to wish u put some time under the weights.. Biking is not enough to stop muscle wasting with age..
  • 1 0
 @bohns1: you're right...I'm turning 30 and probably need to start doing preventative maintenance
  • 2 2
 @nvranka - what if I told you that with a good program you’ll be shredding better than ever and you’ll be looking back thinking why did nobody drag me to the gym by force before? But if you’ll go around machines like a headless chicken (like vast majority of people) then well, you’ll always hate it. Oh and your body will get more durable for crashes. Aaaand each single bunnyhop, pump will be better coordinated and better. Aaand arm pump will almost disappear. Where’s this dude who said gym gives you 1%?
  • 3 6
 I used programs from James Wilson, Ryno power gym, Revo from Boulder and Thenx.com

James has a well rounded approach, hard to go wrong with his stuff, Ryno is absolutely brutal and people at the gym will look at you like you qre an idiot but your cardio and on track endurance will go through the roof, then Revo is awesome for prehab before you start lift heavy (did just that with them though) and thenx.com will make your upper core into a solid block of strong yet lean muscle.

Currently for my most typical gym session I go for warm ups and prehabs from thenx then hit the weights using 5-3-1 ladders, but tend to do it in circuits like James does in his programs (like deadlift alternating with bench and 3 point row) then finish off with melee from Ryno. Once a week I’ll go all out and finish with hill sprints. On milder days I do thenx for upper body and some shag muscles to support deadlifting and then go for 1h road ride to spin out sht from quads.

I’m too young for Yoga
  • 2 0
 You guys forget about very important things which are coordination and reflexes. Can't be overrated at that speeds. BTW I like Richie's riding style a lot, it's very elegant and there is some finesse to it, similarly as for Kaos Seagrave. Some riders just rip through the trails like tanks, which is much less fun to watch. Not sure how/if this is correlated with speed.
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 @Slabrung: coordination and reflexes can be enhanced through strength and conditioning.
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 @Slabrung: Yes coordination and reflexes are improved by strength training and conditioning. Snatches, deadlifts, glute bridges, box jumps will improve your bunny hops, make it easier for you to learn to manual. It is not that easy to learn to engage hips correctly in such compound movements. Some learn it when they ride hell of a lot at young age, but once you are past 25 and still can’t manual or bunny over 50cm then well, gym is a big booster of skill. And being this old I needed to practice a lot to learn these.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Training record? We don't discuss our CVs in forums, we just state our opinion as fact. Although my opinion might be based on a lot of experience with athletes who have performed at the highest levels in our sport.
  • 1 4
 @WhatAboutBob: just like we aren’t talking about how to make pro athletes win races. Rather how to make people with jobs and maybe even kids, perform as well as they can within the confines of their rather limited free time, considering that the continuous time spans they have are rather few. If you have 1-2h windows 3-4 times a week, with limited daylight, then going for a ride is quite poor bang for the time buck. At least if your objective is to improve your downhill capability which involves performing compound movements, often in an explosive manner meanwhile requiring good isometric endurance of the upper body to hold the riding stance.
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 @TheR: @WAKIdesigns: coordination - ok, but how can it improve reaction time? Not that I knew some specific training for that... Maybe some video games, ha ha Big Grin
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 @WAKIdesigns: Completely disagree with you. If you are limited for time training then the last thing you want to is training that is not specific. You can do a pretty effective bike workout that helps both your skills and fitness in 1.5hrs. And skills are core of the gravity racing, everybody should always be working on skills.

Enduro is extremely aerobically demanding. All the muscle strength in the world is completely useless if you don't have the sufficient capacity to deliver oxygen to those muscles. Just watch amateur enduro racing, there are all these big muscular guys who when they cross the finish line would be unable to do a single push-up. Where as the aerobically fit guy with skinny arms, still has power in his arms.

Now ideally you are aerobically fit and strong (Mr. Rude) but if you only have time for one then it is aerobically fit every single time.

I coach kids who are mind blowing fast. The stuff they can do on a bike is incredible. They can't do 30 push-ups or squat a 100lbs but they can ride all day and they routinely smash guys whose idea of training is going to gym.
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 @WhatAboutBob: well you are an outlier then and so are your clients.
  • 3 0
 @WAKIdesigns: dude. When are you not gunna ruin the comment section with your mouth diarrhea. You really need to get a nice slug to the stomach. Hopefully you'll shut up for a few days
  • 2 0
 @freeridejerk888: he's a shit rider with a lot of ridiculous opinions, that's about it lol
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 @nvranka: nah dude, waki's extreme: www.pinkbike.com/video/412625
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 @WhatAboutBob: but those same kids would be unequivocally better if they added serious gym time on top of bike skillz! It all gas to come together..
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 @me2menow: when I lived in southern california, the july-august months were our winter since it was blazing hot and all the trails were feet-deep dust ruts.
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 @WhatAboutBob: Generally in sports training we break things in half into general physical preparation (GPP) and specialised physical preparation (SPP). In our sport, mountain biking, you develop SSP by just riding your mountain bike. Practicing cornering, jumping, climbing and spending time pedalling your mountain bike is doing is SPP for our sport. General physical preparedness consists of things like general strength, flexibility, VO2 max etc. Extreme examples of people high in one but low in the other would be a retired overweight downhill rider on one hand (high SPP, low GPP) and on the other hand a dude who's extremely strong and fit (marine or navy seal or something) but doesn't even own a mountain bike (high GPP, low SPP for mountain biking). It doesn't take a a genius to work out though that the ideal mountain biker will have great SPP and great GPP and that you can't be a great mountain biker by just maxing out one. So as for which is better to work on - most people will get the most value out of just riding their mountain bike. They're developing the specific skills and they'll be developing some decent fitness by just going out and riding. However, things like length strength, flexibility, being able to output a tonne of power over a long time on a rower, having a solid core etc will really help you in mountain biking and isn't to be overlooked. It definitely accounts for a lot more than 1% like you said.
  • 66 0
 Richie, humble. Mike entertaining. Good stuff thanks for the laughs. And remember kids, if you can't make fun of your self, then you're not allowed to make fun of others. Keep these coming Mike!
  • 27 1
 BUT, does chugging an IPA during each test tilt the scales?
  • 22 0
 no, butt chugging an IPA will get you the win though..
  • 2 0
 @laxguy: butt chugging. Don't you to go to university in Tennessee or something to major in That?
  • 1 0
 @deepcovedave: 9% of alc does thy job
  • 17 2
 Jesus, Mike's form makes my bones ache. To anyone who might wanna try this, please research proper form before trying to lift anything remotely heavy. I read up a ton on deadlifts and still managed to tweak my back a lot when I was doing them, so I'm thinking it's best to learn the technique from a coach. Awesome video guys!
  • 8 2
 YES!! Both of their DL techniques made me cringe a bit!!
  • 8 2
 Hex bar DL is safer for beginners and those with bad form and some argue it is more biomechically relevant for athletes in running and jumping sports
  • 1 0
 I tought it's YuraOlomouc specialization, not yours :-)
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 @jasdo: Curious as to how you came up with a biomechanical advantage for certain athletes you mentioned. The hex bar is an advantage for people that lack mobility (hamstring and ankle). Changes the movement quite a bit, so it shouldn't be utilized unless it's necessary.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: It’s different in two basic ways, the weight is balanced at your natural center of gravity rather than out front, and there is more power development later in the lift. Sorry for the Men’s Journal article, but there’s a good explanation for the why how it has been used by elite trainer Ryan Flaherty: www.mensfitness.com/sports/football/money-lift-how-top-flight-trainer-discovered-most-important-exercise-every-athlete. You can also find a bunch about comparisons to conventional deadlifts if you do a pub med search. I’m not saying it’s a hugely different lift but I don’t think conventional DL is better for my goals.
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 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26840440

“These results suggest that the barbells led to different patterns of muscle activation and that the hexagonal barbell may be more effective at developing maximal force, power, and velocity.”
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 @cgjeff: I feel like Richies form was most likely correct its just camera angles ans the lighting. It looks night and day better than Mikes.
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 @chillrider199: Richies form was bearable, but far from good. Look at how his hips shoot up on a simple working set, and it will only get worse with heavier weight.
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 @chillrider199: Richie's form was definitely off. It's respectable enough, but his grip width is too wide, he doesn't take the slack out the bar (which is why it looks like he jerks the bar off the ground), and it's hard to tell from the video but his lockout was a little ugly. Kinda looked like he was hyperextending his lower back more than he was locking out his hips.

The most apparent flaw was him not taking the slack out of the bar. The bar should separate from the ground quite smoothly, instead of being ripped away from it.

Now obviously this is all from the desk of an armchair lifter, but I did used to be a powerlifting trainer. Here's an example of a world record DL. Note how slowly the bar comes off the ground: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4AQlamvFzs
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 I was just about to point out his form, really not the best, he could probably go heavier if he fixes some things.
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 I know he was trying for max power and things get messy ,but as an ex rower Richie yanking through his curled back on the erg made me cringe.
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 @chillrider199: My form isn't great. I haven't done any weight work in years and years even though it clearly looks like I'm a massive gym rat haha
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 @mikelevy: Its most likely better than mine honestly. Just comparing. Im no specialist. In fact maybe the opposite? Im 19 with arthritis in my lower back... woohoo. Haha
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 @mikelevy: Compared to the other two guys the only thing you were missing was a hat. Clearly that is where the power comes from. What is it with North Americans and wearing hats indoors?
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 @jasdo: That pubmed article was lacking big time. It had holes in it everywhere. The mens fitness one makes my head spin.

The point of the deadlift is to build the posterior chain, not release stress from it. The hex bar dl essentially mixes a deadlift and a squat to make one movement. The strongest guys in the world train the squat and deadlift separately to create more force and power. That's exactly what this strength coach does as well. The hex bar is only used for mobility issues with world renowned strength coaches. Take a look at startingstrength.com. Mark Rippetoe, Jim Wendler and guys like that are the ones to look to. Not these poor articles that you shared.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: even advanced lifters can benefit from programming in the hex bar occasionally. Yes you're correct in that it promotes form and flexibility in beginners (i.e. programming a month of high grip followed by a month of low grip, and then on to other forms of deadlifts). However, the advanced lifters can load the hex bar more than the regular bar for strength gains.

For optimal (more balanced biomechanics) health and strength we should all be programming different forms of our classic lifts.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: Your guys at Starting Strength went over the article in 2011 and weren’t so dismissive (startingstrength.com/articles/2011_science_sullivan.pdf), basically saying the results are valid but one could achieve the same thing without buying a hex bar by doing different lifts. My personal experience is that it’s easier on my back and I can lift 20-30lb more.
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 @jasdo: That's exactly what I said, and they said the same thing. Solidifying what I told you. Squatting and deadlifting with a barbell will get one even more strong than just deadlifting with a hex bar. The hex bar is easier on the back, and it also doesn't build as much lower back strength. I had 3 herniated discs, and barbell deadlifting with proper form has helped fix my back pain.
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 @robnow: I totally agree, it can be utilized as an assistance lift to a good strength program already utilizing compound lifts. I'm just saying that it shouldn't be used to replace deadlifting with a regular bar if one can do the movement properly.
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 As mentioned form was subpar on those lifts.

Clean and jerk would be better than clean and press for performance imo and regardless the clean portion of that lift should be much more dynamic. Dead lift pull slack out of the bar and focus on hip drive not hyper extension of the low back. Bar should just clear the knees and track close to the body.

Wasn’t terrible but definitely needs to be tweaked for efficiency as well as to prevent injury.

And before someone says it I’m not an armchair QB. I have a BS in exercise physiology, am a former lifter, and have trained D1 level collegiate athletes some of which went on to the pros, so this is one area I know pretty well.

Regardless fun video and enjoyed watching it.

Keep smashing it Richie!!!!
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 All this. The slack in the bar on those deads, yeeesh.
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 Was thinking the same throughout this video. I know it’s one of those things where it’s hard to critique one of the best riders in the world but that back lean at the top of the DL made me cringe.
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 Would love to see the same video with a top XC rider to see how they stack up against the EWS folks. I'd bet a lot of people would be very surprised...
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 I'm sure Absalon put out a video of his gym routine a couple of years ago. It was brutal
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 Nino Schurter has some ridiculous gym training.
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 I can 100% assure you that a top XC rider would destroy the wattage numbers and likely the deadlift as well, all at lower bodyweight. I haven't been on a powermeter in years, but when I raced my 1min power was around 600 watts at 150lbs. I was nothing special, pack filler in SoCal Cat 1/2/3 races.

My deadlift is only a little lower than his right now and a couple riders I lift with from time to time are equal or better. They're just random folks.

The guy is obviously super talented at riding and probably has a ton of room for improvement on S&C, but his strength and conditioning (from what we see here) is not impressive, especially given his size.
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 @Kiotae: agree! I can do 700w for a minute and I suck at regional level. Not sure the description of these numbers makes any sense as I thought I had read Rude's max power was above 2000w. Was the 550+ watts a MAP ramp test?
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 @SwintOrSlude: It's a ramp test, not an all-out sprint. I think that many average riders could easily top 1,000 watts in a normal sprint, but the ramp thing is very different, as you know. It sucks more haha
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 @SwintOrSlude: Oh yeah, I'm sure his instantaneous max is over 2000w given his size. I was in the 1500 range at the end of crits and some BMX guys who raced with us for fun were waaaay over 2000.

I can't speak to the MAP ramp test as I'm not familiar with it, but I am familiar with zone based power (1sec, 5sec, 10sec, 1min, etc) and what those numbers look like for top level riders road/cross/xc riders.

I gotta say though, I was always blown away by how freakishly fast the BMX racers were and how broad their fitness was. Even though they were geared toward bursty stuff, they tended to have great endurance/stamina as well.
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 It wouldn't even be close. Nino averaged 5.5W/KG (370W) in a 1.5hr XC race.

Richie's numbers are impressive in these tests but the above is complete f*cking insanity.
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 @Kiotae: a lifetime ago I raced road and track at the national level and I must say his MAP results are very respectable. Sure he's a big dude, but he has the capacity....and just because a Cat 1 road weenie can pump out a 550MAP being 150lbs.....lets compare apples to apples here...Richie is f*cking STRONG, everywhere!
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 @ukr77: I'll take your word for it on the MAP test. I'm not saying his numbers aren't respectable, just that they aren't particularly impressive in the scheme of world class riders.

The initial question was how his numbers would compare to that of a top level XC rider, which correlates pretty well with a "150 Cat 1 road weenie", which is what I addressed via comparing 1min wattages. So I'm not sure why you're mentioning apples to apples.

Is he strong guy in the grand scheme of things with good overall fitness? Of course. Are his numbers overly impressive or special compared those put down by other elite+ (not necessarily pro) cyclists of various disciplines? Not really. That was the question asked.

There's clearly a lot left on the table for his development and hopefully he can get hooked up with a coach/trainer that will help him tap that potential.
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 @Kiotae: Would be interesting to see how Jared Graves would compare. He's still winning local pro XC races and Crits. Weight isn't really slowing him down much and his power has to be uuuge!
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 @Kiotae:
Numbers by themselves are sort of meaning less. You need weight, and you need to know the test protocal.

My experience as a coach is the MAP numbers of top Enduro riders would be mind blowing if they were 70kg instead of 80-90kg. But Enduro isn't about power weight, and it requires a lot more upper body strength. It also requires a lot more endurance then XC racing.

Multiple 6hrs days, most of it pretty low intensity, with about 40 minutes absolutely pinned is how I would describe both road and enduro racing.
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 @mikelevy: How fast did it ramp up?
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 @dylanhcrane: Ramp up every minute. That's the general protocol.
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 @Kiotae: I doubt it. They won't destroy the peak wattage numbers put out by track or BMX cyclists, which is where guys like Richie, Lopes, Graves rank in around according to the internets. I don't doubt they (XC) are fairly high numbers and the sustained effort would be higher, but peak? Highly doubt it, but it's fairly moot since both sports require different strengths. 4X/TRack/BMX/Rennie racers will generally produce much stronger peak numbers, enduro doesn't need that sort of strength. I also DL more than him but that means nothing, it didn't give me rainbow stripes. Seems like most of what is being discussed means nothing as a XC racer like nino might have a better sustained watage but will never press as much as a guy like rude and neither would win in the others race format (don't kid yourselves nino fans). haha.
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 @atrokz: I suspect Nino would top 20 in an EWS within a year of trying. Richie would get lapped by Nino in any WC XC race. I also think you would be surprised by Nino's peak W/kg not to mention his over/unders. I doubt any EWS racers would be within 20% of him.

When you get to that level in XCO you're simply genetically diffferent
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 @jclnv: I don't doubt Nino would do well, considering he was the Swiss DH champ for a few years and he is very skilled, NOT because of his fitness. If that was the case, Sam Hill wouldn't have won as I'm sure there are 'fitter' riders like Graves (not saying Sam isn't fit, just that if fitness was the be all end all he wouldn't have won). That said, perhaps a better comparo is track, 4X, or BMX. Do you think Nino could hang in any of these formats where high output is paramount? BMX, some DH, and former 4X guys/gals can and have transitioned to track cycling, but I've never seen a XC rider do it yet. Horses for courses. Nino is optimised for 2hrs of 100% effort, not 30 seconds to a few minutes of max effort. I haven't seen his peak numbers, I'm sure they are high compared to most but not near a track/bmx cyclist.I've been wrong before but I'd be surprised if it was even close. We're comparing a cardiovascular machine to some of the strongest legs on the planet... haha.
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 @atrokz: Isn't 100% max effort?
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 @brodoyouevenbike: I just mean he's pushing his cardiovascular system more as it's a large aerobic effort that eventually turns anaerobic, whereas a track sprint is pretty much entirely an anaerobic feat of endurance. 100% effort for either is different. I just explained it poorly. I'm sure guys on here understand the differences more but that's the jist I learned before. You can't really train for a 2hr XC race and expect to hit 40 second sprints the same speed as a sprinter whos trained his muscles for anaerobic endurance. Just look a the difference in a track sprinters legs to that of a XC racer. There's a reason XC pros don't really cross over whereas BMX and 4X guys have. www.indoorcyclingassociation.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ChrisHoy_LegsPhSpt2.jpg
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 @atrokz: I got it man, just being pedantic
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 Everything that you do off the bike impacts how you perform on the bike. Even for recreational riders, bodyweight training, weight training, yoga, and other exercise helps to improve your general strength and conditioning. As those two things increase, you can go longer, faster, and harder on the bike. Similarly, sitting on your ass eating chips and drinking soda when you are not on the bike will negatively impact your riding. Garbage in, garbage out.
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 I’d also add how much of a benefit all the things you mentioned have on a person mentally as well.
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 Ever since starting to squat uphills just feel so easy, and I don't live somewhere I can practice going uphill, so when I'm on holiday I go full out with better performance than when I lived by the mountains.
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 I'm pretty sure at minute 4:48 Mike shits his shorts.
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 Only a small amount, though.
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 To compare this to road cycling: Oliviero Troia at the Tour De Flanders in 2017 pulled 401 watts on average over 14:30 in a sprint with a max output of 1370 watts.

Not that most people on here care about road cycling...
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 Or doping...
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 I care. The numbers those guys can put down and, even more impressive, hold for crazy lengths of time, is amazing. Cyclingtips had a killer piece on watts last year that was eye opening.
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 @mikelevy: I'll look up the Cyclingtips piece. Oh, and I already knew your crazy power. I was your workout partner at one of Ricky's training sessions. Oh so impressive...
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 i would really like to see a way to quantify the effort level of a WC DH run, or EWS stage... i imagine that the intensity overall is quite similar...
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 Someone like Tony Martin or Tom Dumoulin will sit at over 450w for an hour TT. Not taking anything away from Richie though, to come anywhere near the numbers of top level road riders you need to be a genetic freak.

I was slightly surprised he wasn't able to hold 514w for longer than a minute, but I suspect his power profile (and that of a lot of enduro riders) would be very different to that of an XC racer, with excellent explosive power and over sub- 20 second invtervals, as well as good threshold (from those long days). I might be wrong, but is there really any time during an enduro race where you'd really max out for a whole minute?
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 @mikelevy: it's really hard to compare road and enduro. On the road you use only your legs, and we have tools to quantify that. In enduro, you use your entire body, and we have no tool to quantify this. Don't sell Richie short yet... How do you quantify in watts the effort you make on a pump track? Enduro is young, and I don't think we have yet seen the kind of sophisticated training that you see in other sports, but as far as effort level, having done both road and enduro, I can tell you that watts from a crank based power meter is telling you only half the story at best. I think in a TdF prologue at 10 minutes and an EWS stage at 10 minutes you would see similar calories expended if you could measure it. For tdf we can measure, for ews we can't.
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 Roadies are all on the juice. Those guys are so loaded their numbers are meaningless.
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 @eriksaun: I will gladly wear a heart monitor on my next pumptrack sesh
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 @mikelevy Great series! I missed the first episode (just watched, excellent 1st ep.) and wondered why Pinkbike doesn't add a SERIES or PLAYLISTS tab to the nav bar with direct links to series you've done (Humbled, Abi's yoga vids, course previews, RAW) and more generic (XC, DH, fitness). Cheers - Thanks for the excellent content!
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 Form was wrong on Richie's too, kid is a beast, not taking away from that. But his form was wrong and the trainer is to blame for that. Might have just been cause they were trying to rush through it for the video, but come on guys.
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 Rowing is very technique based and improved technique (by both people) would change those numbers.
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 Totally. Rude with that massive deadlift could easily apply that to his rowing form. The crew folks I know consider the deadlift their main strength exercise. Instead of 400+ once, I'd like to see Rude rep 300 lbs twenty-five times!
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 Definitely not a fat ergo, I think everyone in my boathouse can sustain that wattage for longer. Seems no one really knows how to use those machines but rowers. Also, watch a nordic skiier hit the ski erg--looks a little different. I go 365 watts for 6 kilometers on the ergo, but I definitely can't race enduro.
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 @mikelevy how much did your back hurt after that deadlift attempt. That trainer should be ashamed of himself for letting you try to pull that weight with that form!! Ps. Richie is stronger than me too.
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 Nice idea for a vid, terrible technique on the lifts & ergo, injuries waiting to happen, this guy seriously being paid as his trainer!? RR is a talent but could be even stronger if he lifted properly. Guess it doesn't matter when he's so talented on 2 wheels...
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 Not the greatest form from Richie on the cleans. 145# is not that much weight for a clean, in this case a power or even muscle clean, but there was no explosion from the hips and his back looked like an angry cat. I think Richie would benefit form an Olympic lifting class. Dude can sure ride a bike though. just my 2 cents. I do coach some Olympic lifting so i have an idea of what I'm talking about
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 Ok. My big issue is the weights. Where the plates hollow? The deadlift looks like 600 lbs with normal Olympic plates in most gyms? 165 looks like 225. Anyways, I thought Ricky Rude was a power lifter based on the article photo.

I think most people don’t not understand the step test. They are nasty just like a vo2 max.

Great feature. Keep up the good work.
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 Those plates are pretty common my gym has them, think they're easier on floors than regular oly plates.
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 I quit lifting to mountain bike 20 years ago. Makes sense. Things change over time. Thanks!!!! I thought it was the Squamish folk trying to look stronger.
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 @dldewar: Gonna be pedantic: I don't think they're actually easier on the floor than Oly plates (maybe very slightly), but the big rubber bumper plates cost considerably less than legit Oly plates. Metal plates cost the least but they'll f*ck your floors right up, make a ton of noise, and can crack.
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 @dldewar: yes they are bumper plates. also helps finding the right weight plate on a rack, rather than the 25lbs plate you are looking for being hidden by larger plates.
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 Great vid Mike, I’m beat. Most of my gym time is to improve my riding. 46, desk job, family takes its toll and I need all the help I can get. Keeping vids coming man! You also have an uncanny resemblance to Jesse Eisenberg (no ill will intended).
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 Did anyone notice that there is a bony budge sticking out on Riche's left forearm at around 2:50? What is it?
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 I mean you picked an absolute beast of a guy to go against, so you did pretty good! @mikelevy and I appreciate those lifting tips as well, I'm always wondering what I should do in the gym in the off season and this just game me some great ideas.
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 How about that heart rates?and that power bar lifting was ,and I never thought that there are so many wanna be’s pro ,just give a bike and let me ride ,I leave the gym for the “pros”. Nice these humble series ,keep it coming.
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 @mikelevy rad vid, good effort. With the weights, do you know if Richie keeps lifting during the biking season? Or I'm thinking he lifts like 3 -4 times a week in winter to build muscle then 2 times a week maybe in biking season just to maintain? Keep fighting the good fight
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 @mikelevy Just watched this again. Almost as entertaining as the one with Brendan. Didn't read every comment to see, but you really need calculate your watt results as watts/kg. That is the magic number. Bigger riders will usually make more watts than skinnier riders. Say there is a 5min climb. A 75kg rider has to avg 300w while 90kg has to avg 360w. (totally made up numbers btw) They are both finish on the same time and are both producing 4w/kg. More so related to climbing, but also affects other areas for sure. So, did you guys ever figure that out? Do you know what Richie weighs? That would be the interesting number to me and probably for you too. I'm done geeking out. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the next Humbled episode.
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 Cue all the "my back really hurts guys, what could be wrong?" threads after watching this video
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 I once deadlifted . . . now I don't even have a back. Thanks a lot , M I K E
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 @Jack-McLovin: Sorry
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 Yay! I'm stronger than Richie. Safe to say that'll be the only time I ever beat him at anything ????
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 yea, same, but that's about it! 450 is a half decent deadlift but his presses are legit. How it all comes together is what makes us slow. haha.
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 I think strength is probably not the only factor in his performance. My guess is that Rude can probably beat most normal weekend warriors on XC course, do the nastiest lines at your local bikepark faster, manual longer than 99% of the riding population, and he can do all of that without being a arrogant dick. That last part is important.
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 @PHeller: tell that to lopes! lol.

But yes, we know full well it's not the only factor. I don't have a rainbow jersey and I'm pretty damn strong. It means nothing. lol.
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 What do you guys deadlift?
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 @antigit: Large pizzas mostly.
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 @PHeller: Check out Jesse Melamed's results at last year's BC Bike Race. I think he was in the top 10 overall, and he's not a small guy either; plenty of muscle on him. Most of these guys are all around monsters, which is super impressive, more so than being a one-trick pony.
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 @mikelevy What a bait and switch- the photo header makes it seem like you guys were gonna throw some weights around and see who won in the squat rack and padded area. Booooooooo.
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 Great video! Richie would have made an amazing running back or linebacker! Mike's rowing technique was awful, someone should have coached him a bit beforehand.
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 Excellent article, Richie is a machine and Mike likes a laugh, these humbling articles are cool.
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 I think he did well for a guy who doesn't lift against a world class athelete
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 Thank you Smile
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 Fuckin hell Richie deadlifted 355 and it didn't look like he was trying. 355 was my max when I was going to the gym. Now I feel out of shape
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 Don't feel pressured just because I do it better than you
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 Who needs a super car when Mike Levy can put out 545 hp! Braaaaaap!
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 Your decimal point is in the wrong place...
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 is it the angle or does Richie have limited right leg extension compared to left, see rowing machine 1:35 did he have an old knee injury?.
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 I'm loving these, Mike! Keep 'em coming!
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 did three, four year old children hold @mikelevy down and draw all over him with permanent marker?
Dam you got some tats boi!
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 It was only two four-year-olds but they were really strong.
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 This was thoroughly enjoyable to watch! (as I sit at my computer watching mtb videos and drinking a beer)
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 Just for the record Mario Cipollini max power output peaks around 1900 watts (on old technology) and Sir Chris Hoy 2300 watts. Better get back out the bike boys....
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 That's an absolute maximal power, not from a ramp test as shown in this video. I'd expect Richie to do well over 1500w as an absolute max, probably more than that. Having said that, Richie's 1min power is still way off the top road and track guys, but they are proper genetic freaks.
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 Too bad this wasn't a nipple hardness contest Mike had it down
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 Love working out at the gym as much as riding my bike. Mike - the clean and press is as much technique as strength. Lifting heavy weights is fun too.
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 These are great pieces and we enjoy watching the work. thx. Good luck in your season.
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 @mikelevy I love this series, man! Looking forward to more!
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 lol at going up against Richie Rude in the gym..... F**k that! Guy is a beast!
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 You wouldn't use a bench press motion biking?!
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 Richie is a stud, but I hope he doesn’t pack on too much muscle. All that lactic acid will take longer to be eliminated, especially as he ages.
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 Oh Mike, you´re a hero, but how did you even dare? :-D That beast would eat you like a pre-race snack
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 Mike has a real potty-mouth
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 Who needs to workout to ride when you can get an E-Bike, drink IPA, and smoke....E-duro all day!
  • 2 0
 Richie - Seattle Seahawks need you at running back. PLEASE
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 @mikelevy - you would however totally win the "Lone Wolf" tat comp.
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 I'm not sure that should count as winning, though.
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 This reminds me that even though I fecking hate the gym I should really do some strength work.
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 The Spec turbo Lebo e-bike has a max power output of 580 watts. If Richie put out 9 more watts of power he would need to be banned from riding trails.
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 Richie has horrendous rowing technique. That's a fact.
  • 1 0
 need more videos like this. Showed RR in a different setting. I like seeing what these riders do other than ride.
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 Great job, keep up the good work! Now, how do we petition to get Levy and Vernon a raise?
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 I'm in it for the love of the game Smile
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 What duration was peak power measured over? I would have bet both Rude and Levy can push out more than that.
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 Just out of interest, do you know how much Richie weighs? Great video.
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 i've read somewhere around 90 kilos some months ago.
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 I guess mike could get away with having less power if he weighs less, though extra weight can help with free speed going downhill
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 I've always wondered what a powerful rider like Richie deadlifts. Good to know that I'm powerful enough, but he's in another dimension when it comes to riding a bike.
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 Richie is a monster. I bet Richie is around 200ish.
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 Love this kind of video!
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 @mikelevy i cringed when you went for that deadlift... be careful bro...
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 Next up- Mike Levy is going to swap punches with Mike Tyson
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 That'd be an honor. Huge Mike Tyson fan.
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 How'd Mike feel the next day though?
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 A mix of shame and pride, really. Same as most mornings.
  • 1 0
 good shit @mikelevy ...Richie is a beast!
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 it made me happy that I can put out more power than him, even if that's the only thing I have on him. Pick your battles
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy should've gave Remi a shot
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 I can't wait to see who you go up against from the XC world.
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 I feel bad for the bike of Riche.. such a beast
  • 1 0
 Looks like Mike just walked into Treadstone.
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 How can i do the same without gym?
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 dope fantastic Mr fox tattoo!
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 I enjoyed every minute of the movie. Really nice content Wink
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 I'm over 50 and still bench press more than Mike deadlifts
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 Frown
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 Richie is a unit eh
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 A freakin' Ape oO
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 Hips and Nips!
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 Nice content.
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 Richies a fucking beast
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 weight gap between two.
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 sam hill is better
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 Rugby in the Winter. MTB in the Summer. Perfect.
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 RR is stocky as !
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 Steds
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 Do you even lift BRO?
  • 3 0
 Nah
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