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tom666 millwardmedia's article
Jan 19, 2019 at 2:53
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Video: Flowy Singletrack on a Scottish Adventure
A sunny string of days... in January? In Scotland? Coincided with your trip... This is definitely fake news.
tom666 HookitProducts's article
Jan 17, 2019 at 6:59
Jan 17, 2019
Podcast: A Guide To MTB Health & Fitness With a Professional Coach
I like this guy. As somebody with a background in strength and conditioning I often cringe listening to personal trainers - I don't think most of them are any good. They've often done a weekend or 1 week course and the rest of their knowledge is just men's health and body building dot com. This guy is great though. Very balanced and fair on the diet stuff. Saying good stuff about strength and conditioning. You know somebody is knowledgeable when they say "it depends" rather than giving hard answers. He seems to really understand volume , frequency, intensity, exercise selection etc. He's not just prescribing the same shit to everyone.
tom666 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 16, 2019 at 1:12
Jan 16, 2019
Scottish Council Concerned by Mountain Bikers "Stripping Off"
After all, who would choose to strip to the skin in a car park in January? The bike community
tom666 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 16, 2019 at 1:12
Jan 16, 2019
Scottish Council Concerned by Mountain Bikers "Stripping Off"
I personally will be upset if they build changing rooms. The one thing mountain biking has taught me above all else is how to get changed stood on a bin bag stood on the wide of a wet windy hill without getting mud on my socks. We can't afford for that skill to be lost.
tom666 davidarthur's article
Jan 15, 2019 at 4:45
Jan 15, 2019
First Ride: YT's New Long-Travel 29er, the Jeffsy 29 CF Pro Race
I wish they were all 150mm personally. Hard to please everybody I guess.
tom666 downtimepodcast's article
Jan 15, 2019 at 3:43
Jan 15, 2019
Podcast: Adam Brayton's Coach is Back With More Off-Season Workouts
@WAKIdesigns: Makes perfect sense. You can put a certain amount on your squat, bench and deadlift (or any movement actually) by developing better technique and better CNS adaptations - you get better at directing the force into the bar in an efficient way by just practicing the movement hundreds/thousands of times - which is what you were doing before. But there comes a point when you HAVE to grow new muscle to get stronger, otherwise it's just marginal gains.
tom666 downtimepodcast's article
Jan 15, 2019 at 2:41
Jan 15, 2019
Podcast: Adam Brayton's Coach is Back With More Off-Season Workouts
@bohns1: Even then that's not exactly true. If you had a WC downhill racer you could suggest that they bulk up 2-4 kilos during the winter/offseason - eating that good food and doing hard resistance training. They would be staying fit still, using that extra food to fuel winter rides, gym sessions, hard sessions on rowing machines and HIIT circuits etc. They would gain a tonne of muscle and strength in that time (it might be nearly all muscle for a lot of them) and then as spring comes around they could look to shed any extra fat they've gained that they don't want (maybe 1-2kg) once they're spending more time on the bike again. They'd then come into the next season stronger and leaner as the result of a bulk and cut. Recompositioning works fine and is a good idea for beginners, the detrained and the obese (and those on performance enhancing drugs). It doesn't work for natural athletes season after season, particularly those who are lifting consistently and already pretty strong. If you're in your first year of training and getting on well for it that's great. Go for it. I recompositioned in my first year of training because I didn't want to commit to either a bulk or a cut - but in hindsight I wish I had just committed to a bulk and made the most of those noobie gains because you only get them once.
tom666 downtimepodcast's article
Jan 14, 2019 at 15:45
Jan 14, 2019
Podcast: Adam Brayton's Coach is Back With More Off-Season Workouts
@bohns1: Claim that bulking and cutting is a myth is pretty preposterous. Don't spread misinformation like that. Big bulking and cutting cycles aren't a great idea for mountain biking though, I agree, and most mountain bikers are either beginners or detrained so will probably be able to recomposition quite successfully for a while. Again, it all depends on individual differences. What people should do to get better on their bike depends almost entirely on where they're at now.
tom666 downtimepodcast's article
Jan 14, 2019 at 5:46
Jan 14, 2019
Podcast: Adam Brayton's Coach is Back With More Off-Season Workouts
@leviatanouroboro: @WAKIdesigns: One thing the internet is good at doing is removing all nuance and individual differences from a situation. Let me hit this with some nuance. Spending all your time in the gym won't make you a great bike rider. That's for sure. Spending all your time on the bike and doing no strength work, stretching etc can feasibly hold you back too - particularly if you spend a lot of time riding the same trails and are just going through the motions a lot - riding trails you already know inside out. The best way to improve is to work on your weaknesses - so if you're currently pretty shit on a bike (or even just pretty average) you're probably best off almost exclusively just riding your bike, enjoying it and doing skills practice now and then to improve your biggest weaknesses. Particularly if you're in season or riding conditions are good for you at the moment. If you're already a pretty good mountain biker, have been riding a fair while and haven't improved very much recently then maybe improving your strength and flexibility is something you should look at. There's also injury prevention and general health benefits to be being strong and flexible, so it's probably good for everybody in some capacity. Most of our local trails aren't anything like the quality of Val Di Sole either - and most of us have a winter or off season where the quality of riding is compromised and the amount of effort needed to go on a ride is a lot higher. Taking some time during that winter to work on strength and conditioning is probably a good idea. But doing strength and conditioning rather than riding during summer is a pretty questionable move and I don't think anybody would recommend that.
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