Developes: knee, calf and ankle strength, balance, shock absorption of the knee and ankle joint and reaction time.
Purpose: increase explosive strength, coordination and reaction time.
Goal: using mainly the ball of your foot, hop over hurdle, land softly and quickly transition into next hop without pause. Do not hit hurdles.
BMX Benefits: pop, landing absorption, pump, technical tricks (footjam, etc.), and catching tailwhips.
Training isn’t about “money”, “winning”, or any other nonsense people want to say it is. At least for me and what I represent.
Training is about taking care of my health and my performance with the thing I love most in life, and creating longevity for all the above. Yeah, training will improve your riding. But that doesn’t mean it’s focused on money or winning.
Take me for example, I decided to not compete this year nor take a paycheck from anything bmx related. I still rode at a level to compete and also trained in the gym. That was my personal decision to do so for my health and performance on my bike. It’s made tricks easier, recovering more efficient, sessions stretch longer without fatigue, and increased the ability to take the physical stress from landing or falling on a trick. What’s also an equal part of this equation is nutrition and mindset.
That being said, all this shit about “bmx is just about fun” and blah blah blah is just that, shit. Ones ignorance and insecurity at its finest along with inability to embrace others to do something similar yet take a different approach. Nothing about my riding or career says anything but fun and love for it. If I was focused on money, I would have kept the job I had in high school making twice what I’ve ever made from bmx, which would have been way more by now as well. I don’t do anything for money, I donit for the love!
Bmx has led me to where I am today, shown me paths to passions I’ve developed along the way, shown me the world, saved my life, and gave me a outlet to share my story and passions. Some, like myself, find training fun as well as the benefits that transfer over to the bike to be fun.
It’s funny how many riders enjoy training just from the health perspective and enjoyment, let alone the riding benefits, and the disciplines of riding that people least expect one rider in such a discipline or stay of riding to train.
At the end of the day, if you love something, do what you love! Don’t be afraid others doing it differently or taking a different approach will change whatever it is for you. Bmx is a lifestyle and anyone who wants to use the term “freestyle” to say it has to be one way and can’t involved progressive new ideas is missing the whole point of “freestyle”.
What’s wrong with someone loving the sport of BMX so much that they decide to make a career out of it? What’s wrong with someone putting their heart, blood, sweat, and tears into something for so long they want to make a career out it that and share it with others? What’s wrong with making money in any form that’s positive? There isn’t anything wrong with it other than the judgmental people’s views that have a negative relationship and story with money.
I’ve said this before, money is a tool. It’s not good nor evil. It what you make it. There isn’t anything wrong with someone making money at what they live rather than what society has been washed into thinking the way they just make money- unfulfilled, stressed, no enjoyment, 9-5, hourly pay, etc.
BMX is something special to me a lot of other riders. The amount of sacrifice, dedication, and pain that has gone into should be enough to not need an explanation for training or even making money from the time and skill that goes into it.
I encourage you all to take a risk on what you love, ignore the haters, and believe in the life you want. Why live to do something you don’t enjoy just to make money when you could do what you love to make money and enjoy the fuck out of your life?
I train so my brain, body, and riding all benefit. Not for money. For me! For what I am and what I want to show up as in life. I don’t care what others think because I know my truth and I’m being 100% authentic in life.
Until next time….💚✌️
Having gone through ACL reconstructive surgery and returning to BMX riding better than I imaged, I get asked what I did a lot. My new video walks you through some knee/ ACL exercises you can do.
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Steps for ACL Prevention and Rehab:
1. Stability (single leg squats, single lead deadlifts, split stance squats, walking lunges
2. Landing mechanics (stable box jumps with no knees inward on landing, straight hurdle hope, sideways hurdle hops, anti-rotational split stance press holds with a band.
3. Bilateral strength ( back squat, revenge lunge from back squat stance, deadlift.
4. Mobility, stretching, foam rolling, and remember to lift/exercise safely. Don’t push too hard. Start light and work your way up. Especially after recovering from an injury.