Max­i­mum gains with min­i­mum pain!

Mountain Biking UK - - UPLIFT -

1 Slack­line Slack­lin­ing is great for im­prov­ing the bal­ance you need for rid­ing – and ses­sions with mates can be pretty en­ter­tain­ing too! Alp­kit Slack Kit, £38, www.alp­kit.com

2 Slam ball Work out your whole body and train your core, all while hav­ing a whole load of child­ish fun! Gym Gear 9kg Slam Ball, £17 (+ p&p), www.fit­ness­ware­house.com

3 Body­weight train­ing If you’ve got the mo­ti­va­tion but don’t know where to start, a train­ing plan can help get you in shape. Body­weight Strength For MTB Pro­gramme, £16, www.thestrength­fac­tory.uk

4 Gym shoes With a flex­i­ble build – and, in this case, sep­a­rate toe sec­tions – ‘bare­foot’ shoes of­fer more nat­u­ral work­out sup­port. Vi­bram Fivefin­gers KSO EVO, £76.50 (+ p&p), www.vi­brams.co.uk

5 Slide discs A strong core is es­sen­tial for rid­ing. Slide discs tar­get your abs, back and obliques. SKLZ Slidez, £18 + £4.99 p&p (pair), www.newitts.com

6 Fit­ness Mat Take the sting out of your joints with an ex­er­cise mat. This biodegrad­able one will keep your in­ner eco war­rior happy too. Eco yoga mat, £29 + £6.95 p&p, www.com­ple­te­u­ni­tyyoga.com

7 Box­ing gloves and pads Great for car­dio, stress re­lief and co­or­di­na­tion. Part of Steve Peat’s train­ing pro­gramme – ’nuff said! Lons­dale Con­tender gloves, £8.99/Lons­dale Con­tend Hook and Jab pads, £14.99 + £4.99 p&p, www.sports­di­rect.com

8 Chin/pull-up bar The pull-up is the king of up­per body ex­er­cises, en­gag­ing your bi­ceps, tri­ceps, fore­arms, grip, lats, shoul­ders and core. This bar will add a touch of style to your liv­ing-room gym too. TROLLVEGGEN Chin Bar, £220, www.fit­wood.com 9 Ply­o­met­rics box Jump­ing ses­sions with a plyo box will im­prove your ex­plo­sive power, send your heart rate soar­ing and get you ready to at­tack the trail. Large wooden plyo box, £89.99 + £9.49 p&p, www.strengthshop.co.uk

10 Re­sis­tance bands A cheap and ef­fec­tive way to add work­out in­ten­sity, in­crease strength, range of move­ment, stamina and sta­bil­ity. ATREQ Mini Loop Bands, £12.50 + £4.99 p&p (set of four), www.newitts.com

11 Yoga ses­sions Think yoga is a waste of time? Ask Aaron Gwin and Rachel Ather­ton how it’s work­ing out for them… ‘Yoga for Cy­clists’ by Lexie Wil­liamson (Blooms­bury Sport), £16.99 (pa­per­back), www.ama­zon.co.uk

12 Gym ball Great for de­vel­op­ing stronger sta­biliser mus­cles, to im­prove rid­ing pos­ture and re­duce the risk of in­jury. Gym Gear 65cm gym ball, £12.50 + p&p, www.fit­ness­ware­houseuk.com

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