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Old 01-14-13, 08:00 AM
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Getting in to shape this winter

What can I do to get into mountain biking shape this winter? I have strong legs but not much endurance, I've been hitting the exercise bike at the "Y" and I'm looking at doing some spin classes there too. Any other suggestions?
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Old 01-14-13, 11:13 AM
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Hit youtube for Turkish Get ups and Hindu Squats. Those kick my butt and build good cardio. Burpees are another one that I hate, but give overall conditioning.
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^^ James Wilson (MTB Strength Training Systems - - bikejames.com) has a bunch of routines out there, including Turkish Get Ups and a bunch more:

http://www.youtube.com/user/mtbstrengthcoach

I use a combo of James' routines that was published once in Mountain Bike Action along with a set of stability ball core exercises from an issue of Runner's World.
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Hate to say it, I know most cyclists hate to think of it, but nothing builds endurance like running. Also burns about 3 times more calories per hour than cycling, all things being equal.

Yak trax make a great product for snow runs:

https://www.yaktrax.com/
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^^ Cool . . . the running ones with the carbide studs are new. I have the Pros and they've worked pretty good for me but may feel like upgrading next year.

Glad you brought up running so I didn't have to .
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Uhh, ride your bike? They make wool and fleece for a reason.
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I use a trainer and also ride weather permitting. In the gym I do leg sleds, and hamstring and calf exercises.
These have helped me improve my leg strength. I do pull ups and chins for my upper body.

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Uhh, ride your bike? They make wool and fleece for a reason.
Yeah and you'll pay through the nose for all of it, with lots of ice everywhere, and with the sun setting at about 5 o' clock here in an already bike unfriendly area. Not everyone wants or enjoys riding in those conditions.
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Originally Posted by topher5150 View Post
What can I do to get into mountain biking shape this winter? I have strong legs but not much endurance, I've been hitting the exercise bike at the "Y" and I'm looking at doing some spin classes there too. Any other suggestions?
+1 for running. Since you're already going to the y just hop on a treadmill. It strengthens your core (I don't know that for a fact, but I feel like it does) and will help your endurance for sure.
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Originally Posted by atallen223 View Post
+1 for running. Since you're already going to the y just hop on a treadmill. It strengthens your core (I don't know that for a fact, but I feel like it does) and will help your endurance for sure.
That's why I got into biking...so I could avoid running
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running sucks, but it'll work your zone 4 and 5 bigtime. and it'll strengthen your knees and ankles to a certain extent. most people know that running is high impact. but in low volume, it's good for you because it is weight-bearing and will strengthen your leg bones and ligaments. if you're a high volume runner and the impact is tearing you down, you probably aren't reading BF.
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