5 practical tips to improve your mountain biking skills

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3. Scout the Terrain and Follow Through with Your Body

The importance of reading the trail can never be understated. Mountain biking may require a toned physical form, but it also requires quick reflexes and an analytical mind that can adjust for speed, obstacles, surprises and fatigue on the fly. As such it’s always helpful to keep an eye on the trail ahead with your riding line in mind. If there isn’t an obvious path, you’re going to have to call on experience to guide you towards terrain that won’t leave you face-down in the mud.

Follow through by angling your body instead of simply turning with your arms. Ideally, you’ll be guiding yourself with your knees, hips and sometimes shoulders. Keep your body relaxed enough to allow flexibility in your joints and your turning may improve as a result, but keep in mind that guiding your bike is a full-body exercise.

4. Step Away from Your Bike

Not forever, mind you, but you should be open to other forms of exercise if you find your biking isn’t enough to power you through dry spells where you don’t seem to be making any athletic headway. Traditional exercise routines are always helpful if you struggle to climb obstacles or make it through choppy terrain while cardio in the form of swimming or running supplements longevity training you may already perform out on the trail.

The act of exercising without an immediate reward is difficult for some. When the allure of riding out in the open air is suddenly pushed aside for lifting weights in a gym it may feel easy to fall off of the exercise wagon, but there are clever ways around exercise fatigue that help trick your brain into finding exercise to be a more rewarding activity.

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