Or: How to build strength on the RipRow.
XCE (cross country eliminator) is held on a short, fast course. Four riders compete head to head, with the fastest riders advancing until a winner is crowned. XCE puts a premium on power and handling skills — hence the RipRow.
In the world of strength training, five sets of five is a proven protocol. You stress your system enough to spur strength gains, but you don’t crush yourself with high volume. A pro XC racer like Fairlee, who gets plenty of endurance work, will benefit massively from increased strength — especially in riding-specific movements. The added strength and skills will help her get great starts, ride technical terrain faster and be durable enough to advance all the way to a big win!
Here’s Fairlee’s RipRow workout for the week:
Pull resistance is set high to build strength for sprinting and rowing (the power phase of pumping). Push resistance is set low to build speed for anti-rows (the recovery phase of pumping).
Warm up with shredlift and lowrow.
5 sets of 5 shredlifts, focusing on strong rows and fast anti rows.
That’s it. Quick. Back to work, on-bike training and Life.
Riders at all levels (especially at the pro level) benefit tremendously from improved strength and skills. RipRow helps you improve both at the same time — a very short amount of time.