Spending some time getting stronger is one of the best things you can do to improve your perfomance on the trail.
While nothing can replace riding your bike, there are 3 reasons that strength training will help you in ways that just riding your bike can not.
1 - It helps you work on tension skills that you need on the trail but don't do enough on the trail to improve past a certain point.
2 - It helps you work on movements you need on the bike in a less stressful learning environment.
3 - It helps you avoid acute and overuse injuries, helping you stay consistent with your riding and training, which is the #1 secret to improvement.
In this podcast I go over these points in some more detail and hopefully convince you that strength training is not an option if you want to be the best version of yourself both on and off the trail.
Until next time...