The hips are one of those body parts that most of us don't really think about until they're bothering us. When you hit the gym, strengthening your hip muscles specifically probably isn't high on the agenda. But if you're someone who spends most days sitting (cyclists), you're likely familiar with that hip ache and tightness that comes along with it. Maybe you've even started doing some hip stretches to combat that. But actually strengthening the hip area is something that wil
Mountain biking can take you places you would never ordinarily have been, but it also has the tendency to put you in situations you would rather avoid. From medical emergencies through to mechanical failure, there are some things you only learn the hard way. But lucky for you, we can give you some handy hints on a variety of topics, all from first-hand experience (not Google. Google does not rail berms, so we're not friends ☹). 1. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES Learning some basic first
Forget Countdown, crosswords and quizzes; all we need to do is ride. Improved spatial memory, thinking skills, attention and decision making. Sex, dark chocolate, Omega-3’s and exercise are all ways to grow brain cells (or neurogenesis as the men in the white coats call it). There’s only so much omega-3 and dark chocolate we can have though, so it’s good to hear that mountain biking has got us covered. While our muscles obviously get a workout every time we ride, our brains a
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I was a fortunate beginner mountain biker. I had a great teacher: he was patient and willing to explain everything to me. Everything. But maybe you don’t have someone right beside you to tell you some of these things… so I’ll be there for you. Here are 10 not-so-obvious tips that you, as a beginner biker, need to know: 1. You do not wear underwear under your lycra shorts. I thought I was the only person who had ever done this. It
"But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner." ~ John Donne Have you ever wanted something so badly, for so long, trying so hard to get it, but failing miserably? Have you ever set goals and objectives that you didn’t reach? Or have you ever wondered why you keep repeating the same patterns of behavior over and over again and therefore keep getting the same pitiful results? All of us at one point or another go through these phases. In fact, many of us go thr
As a personal trainer and triathlete, I train a variety of people; from those wanting to lose weight, those that want to tone and reshape their bodies, to athletes wanting to improve performance by improving their strength.
The thing that I find most astounding is how relatively weak the athletes are, and they are often the "fittest" for their particular sport. For example, cyclists that can cycle for days but struggle with a 60 second plank or 15 push ups. I think there ar
Here are some excerpts from a blog post written by a doctor after seeing his patient's results from using the Catalyst Pedals: "If you look at modern clip-in pedals, they have a key flaw. They basically replicate running on your toes… This ends up overloading the anterior compartment (kneecap)." Consider how the forces get transmitted when you...place force through the center of your foot… instead of running on your toes and transferring the force to the front of your knee, t
Women aren't small men. University of Waikato Research Fellow Dr Stacy Sims dispels some of the myths about female sports performance. University of Waikato Senior Research Fellow, Dr Stacy Sims, is changing attitudes in the sport science field. Her research addresses female physiology and how this influences athletic performance. Dr Sims’ research helps sport coaches to develop tailored training, nutrition and recovery programmes that enable women to achieve greater results.
The yoga class I attended yesterday included a number of balance posts, from simple tree pose to a “floating” ardha chandrasana. I am not certain why, but I was struggling to find a steady balance on one side. I arrived late feeling flustered, and my mind was spinning and worrying as we worked our way into the flow. I had to struggle to make my gaze steady, and I was starting to beat myself up for the wobbling on my left leg. Then I had a realization: This is really the whole
When you’re out on your favourite trail or competing in a race, your success depends a lot on BALANCE. The better balanced you are, the more confident you will feel and naturally you will ride faster…and we all want to ride faster (or at least look the part while we’re doing it). Now we’re not talking here about mood swings…some of the best athletes I know are extremely unbalanced individuals! We’re talking about your ability to stay on your bike while navigating a single tra