I received my RipRow™ .. WOW! I am addicted to it. I want to integrate it into my MTB skill lessons. I was wondering what ways or what exercises you use to improve the teaching?
David B in Quebec, Canada
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Thanks for writing, and thanks for becoming a RipRower.
I use RipRow™ in all of the mountain bike classes I teach. Over the years I've trained about 6,000 riders of all levels, from beginners to world champions.
The RIpRow™ teaches the essential mountain biking movements very quickly and precisely —with no bike and no stress. After an hour on the machine, we get on the bikes and everyone (first timers and world champions) is suddenly way better. Also, as you reach more advanced skills, you simply refer back to the RipRow™ movements. This system works incredibly well.
As I’m sure you know, great teaching can get very complex and nuanced — a great teacher tailors the methods to each student — but here are some ways to start integrating RipRow™ into your classes:
Warming up and fundamental body position
Great shredlifting teaches people how to hinge, and that’s the A1 key to great riding (and many other sports).
Riding up and down steep things
When you ride up something steep, you drive your hips forward, just like in a shredlift.
When you ride down something steep, you hinge deeply, just like in a shredlift. At a more advanced level, it’s an anti-row like you do in an elliptical riprow move, also called a RoundRow.
Great pumping is simply a series of riprows timed with the terrain.
Rolling off a drop is, at the beginner level, a low hinge with a handlebar push, which you can practice on the RipRow™.
At the higher level, flying off a drop is the anti-row part of a riprow.
Hopping and jumping
Depending on the magnitude of the hop or jump, it’s somewhere between a shredlift or a riprow. Once riders are great on the RipRow™ you can take these skills to the trails (or bike park).
I used to teach corner pumping only after lots of basic instruction. Lately, thanks to the RipRow™, I’ve been teaching riders how to pump corners in our first session together.
1) Dial in the riprows.
2) Add rotation and bike lean like you do in the cornering and slalom drills.
3) Once that’s clean on the machine, do it on the bike!
I hope this helps. For more details on my teaching methods, check out the Lee Likes Bikes MTB School.