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    Conditioning - What are you doing?

    as the title states, what are you downhillers doing for conditioning..... just riding more and more and eventually you're hercules??

    i have been trying to ride a couple miles every day or two, up slight grades to get my muscles up to par for the pedal sections at some of the local trails..

    certainly, im sure going to the gym would help. but im not one to go to that level. so lets share... what are you doing to help with riding?

    supposedly the supplement pills are a great help too.

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    Gym in the off season. Currently just bikes, bikes, and more bikes.

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    pizza beer and hookers...works every time !!!!
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    Started riding my bike to work, 16 mile round trip. Yesterday I had a Nations Giant Hamburger and some pie..... Gotta get in my bicep curls 1/2 lb at a time..lol

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    Re: Conditioning - What are you doing?

    In all seriousness, I always found running for cardio was helpful.

    Going to the gym for weight lifting worked for me, although I've been slacking lately. You just become physically stronger and can man-handle the bike more overall. And you become less prone too injury when you bail.

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    running, lots of core strength training will help. Weight training is also good for becoming stronger but it can also help in crashes as your body can handle the impacts much better.

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    I did the stationary bike thing over the winter, in addition to some snowboarding. One hour flat out every second day made an amazing difference to my early season fitness.
    Upper body has been really lacking on the longer downhills however. Hit Whistler for a couple of days last weekend and my arms were done by the time I got halfway down Crank it up, even though my legs were more or less fresh all day. I'd be interested in knowing what other people do in the way of upper body exercises.

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    Kettlebell swings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerebroside View Post
    Hit Whistler for a couple of days last weekend and my arms were done by the time I got halfway down Crank it up, even though my legs were more or less fresh all day. I'd be interested in knowing what other people do in the way of upper body exercises.
    i hear ya on that. pushups every few days aren't cutting it for me. haha.


    for the most part, sounds like we are all on the same page. eating junk food. drinking beer. watching others stretch... go team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkimSTi View Post
    eating junk food. drinking beer. watching others stretch... go team.
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    hmm absolutely nothing haha riding is my conditioning. which hasn't been too good, even though I have to hike up for every run. if i had some fitness I could probably be decently competitive in racing but with all the pedally bits in between the gnar I would get smoked. if you are looking to improve, riding more is always the best. fitness will help you recover faster from pedally bits etc and the best thing for that is cardio stuff like running, xc riding, swimming etc. swimming is VERY good cardio, low impact, gets the whole body involved. yoga is great for stretching and improving balance, can also help cardio as some of the exercises can be pretty tough. ryan leech is a big advocate of yoga. one of my riding buddies used to be an avid boarder when he lived in denver, a damn good one too. he used to do yoga and said he loved it. if i was riding/racing pro or was planning on making 2 wheels my career i would worry more about conditioning and fitness. but with working a "regular" job and going to school the motivation just isnt there. any free time i have is spent riding as much as i can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fgiraffe View Post
    Kettlebell swings.
    Is that like swinging with ben-wa balls or anal beads, is so SMT should be a world class athlete. He's gotta be doing something wrong! Must be using it on himself, one-man swinging bonanza!
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    About four sets of each one of these should do it!
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    that looks like WAYYY too much work. i'll stick with drinking beer. haha.

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