Conceived and developed by respected American MTB coach and author Lee McCormack, the RipRow MTB training device promises to help up your game by targeting your core stability, balance, coordination and strength.
To be a successful competitive mountain biker you need a rock-solid core, loads of stamina and plenty of strength. And, if you don’t want to turn wiping out into painful recurring habit, you also need enough technical know-how to understand exactly how to position your body on your bike when going through all your gnarly moves.
This is where the revolutionary RipRow MTB trainer comes in. Billed as the first dedicated MTB training device ever invented, it’s the brainchild of respected American MTB coach and author Lee McCormack. The way he sees it, when you dig “all the way to the base of the skills tree”, you find a few universal movement patterns that make some mountain bikers better than others. He also maintains these patterns are simple, powerful and, once developed, empower riders to seriously up their performance capabilities. Needless to say, the RipRow teaches you all these patterns, while giving your entire body a seriously rigorous, MTB-specific workout.
“For the past four years I’ve been devising a tool to help riders learn perfect technique, get strong in the ways that matter and build maximal fitness with minimal training,” explains McCormack. “Prototype after prototype and test after test showed I was on the right track – and the result of all that work is the RipRow. I’m beyond stoked to share it with the world.”
What the RipRow can do for you
- Perfects the fundamental movements that underlie all great MTB, MBX and motocross riding.
- Improves your core strength, coordination and balance.
- Increases range of motion in your hips and shoulders.
- Develops deep endurance for long days on the bike.
- Builds real-world, useable strength for your sport and life
- Burns tons of calories in a short amount of time.
At first glance the RipRow looks a bit like a high-tech rocking horse for grown-ups, except its curved base causes it to rock laterally from side to side instead of forward and back. This feature, according to McCormack, does wonders for your core strength as you constantly have to control your balance while working out. It also allows you to perform all the right cornering moves with your body without actually having to get on your bike, which helps boost your confidence levels no end when out on a trail.
When mounting the business end of the RipRow, you swing your leg over just as if you were getting onto your bike. You then place your feet on the adjustable-position foot platforms and grip the handlebars. You then use the bars, and your own muscle power, to push the frame forward and pull it back. The handlebars can either be turned from side to side (to simulate cornering), or they can be locked straight ahead. Plus two hydraulic dampers provide 12 levels of adjustable resistance, so you can set workouts from super easy to mindbogglingly hard.
The first production run of the RipRow is underway now and expected to become available this December. However, with a hefty price tag of over R17,000 excluding shipping to SA (thank you lousy exchange rate), I don’t expect to see any units landing here anytime soon – which is a pity, because I suspect the RipRow will go on to become a global sensation. – (c) 2017 NavWorld
McCormack has three workout videos on his website along with eight workout movements, and I urge you to go check them out. You can watch him demonstrate his cornering movement exercise in the video below: