Resistance training

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Resistance Training for Cycling – What it improves and why all cyclists should be doing some.

If you have little experience of off the bike training, or have never trained in a gym or a resistance training environment then this article is for you.

There are a multitude of benefits to be gained from resistance training for overall health, injury resistance and performance and thankfully long gone are days where it was believed that resistance training should be avoided for endurance based sports. The belief that only low weights should be lifted for high reps is a thing of the past, and current research suggest that endurance athletes gain more benefit from lifting relatively heavy weights for lower reps, in a strength training modality (don’t worry we aren’t talking strongman/power lifting here).

A well designed Strength and Conditioning programme will include exercises that improve the lower and upper body as well as the core and won’t result in excessive size or weight gain, despite helping to increase force production, pedalling efficiency and the ability to ride harder or longer. It really is a win, win scenario and if carried out correctly will only complement your cycling ability.

Now we all know time on the bike, carrying out the actual sport or skill is important and cycling is what we enjoy the most right?! But as little as 1-2 hours per week, in particular throughout winter when you aren’t riding quite as much in the evenings will go a long way to keeping you fit, healthy and always ready to ride that bike.

Ant Henry

ALine SnC Coach

ALine Welcomes Ant Henry

Catalog pose

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Massive huge gigantic thanks to everyone who has booked in on a session, recommended us to a friend, shared or liked a post.

ALine Coaching is continuing to expand. Carrying on with of principles of professional experienced coach's we have an announcement. 

We are stoked to welcome Anthony Henry to the team.


Ant is a passionate mountainbiker who has dedicated his training and education to athlete development with Mountain Biking being his main focus.

Staying true to the ALine roots Ant is a veteran of Whistler Bike Park where he undertook his initial guiding and skill development training. Whilst in Whistler Ant specialised in kids camps ...... hint hint.

Ant has been working with the team in the background for a couple of months and we are stoked. We think you will be also.

A Graduate in sports science from Sheffield Hallam University Ant went on to a dedicated and integral member of the BlueSteel SnC team who specialise in strength and conditioning with a keen interest in mountain bike specific training. With BlueSteel Ant has been lucky enough to work with some of top performing DH athletes in the world.

With Dr Gareth Jones bringing his sports psychology and now Ant Henry with his body and strength mechanics, we are building a strong team of professionals to help you get where you want to go. 

Is it mental? or is it physical? we find the two are generally linked but either way, we have got you covered.


Thanks again


The ALine team

The White Rhino - Steel City Prize Winner

Look up enduro in the dictionary, it says Lee Hawden.

One of the nicest guys on the planet, possibly the strongest MTBer I know (hence his nick name white rhino), trains super hard while balancing his full time job as teacher. Last year he came 4th in the Steel City Race and as such won a session with ALine Coaching.

One second would have put him into 2nd place. Theres a good chance we found it! #FreeSpeed #EconomyOfMotion #TouchingBacksides


Keep an eye out for Lee and his new Kingdon Switch at the Steel City Race this year. Say hello, wish him luck touching those backsides! 





Tuesday Challenge 12

Swamp Skinny Greno.

Jordan Gould (Elite 4x racing, Enduro smashing, bike razzin, site foreman for Bike Track sent us this video of him in Greno Woods.

We do not recommend doing this. The water stinks and there's loads of spikey branches sticking out and there could be anything in the mud at the bottom. If you decide to ignore our advice DO NOT DO IT ON YOUR OWN. Look after eachother. If your mate falls in....Catch it on video.

If its not on didn't happen.