Boost your biking performance with mountain biker Matt Jones

23 year-old Matt has worked his way up in the freeriding mountain biking scene to become one of the best in the world. Here he shares 5 simple tips to help you get the most out of your cycling workout

  1. It’s all in the motion: Cycle in fluid circles and don’t jam down on the pedals. Push down with the ball of your foot, then pull through the bottom of the stroke, before pulling up and back around. This works your cardiovascular system and helps to keep your muscles from tiring out too quickly when biking
  2. Feet off the pedals: Set off downhill and then take your feet off the pedals all together (make sure you lift your legs high enough for the pedals not to catch your feet!). This will force you to use upper body strength for balance, building up your arms and chest
  3. Sprint it out: You might not want to hear it but bike based sprint intervals are the best way to build muscle and burn body fat. Try to incorporate short sprints into your bike ride to make the most out of your workout
  4. Always look ahead: Whatever you do, don’t put your head down when you’re getting tired. It can slow your oxygen intake, tiring you out even faster
  5. Stay on the bike: Even if you’re not riding super hard, try to stay out on your bike for as long as possible. As long as you’re moving, your body is working

Matt’s breakthrough feature film sees him push his mountain biking skills to the limit. You can watch it at redbull.com from November 14th.

 

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