I thought I would give you a little update on the direction I'm taking sparkbmxtraing.com. You may have noticed that I have not been posting quite as frequently as last year. It was my objective to put out articles at least every other week last year. Some of the articles were really good and others were probably not quite so…

  I can't believe how many people reach out to me and ask questions about how to improve reaction time. Honestly, I didn't really know if you could actually improve reaction time, so I thought I should do a little research into this important topic. Before you read further, go ahead and take the test above and see what your…

No one wants to be the guy that posts his epic workout video on Instagram, only to have a bunch of people critique his technique. I'm totally guilty of rushing to judgment and adding a critique, particularly when I was just studying to be a personal trainer and thought I knew it all. I swear I try not to do…

  Based on statistics that I've read, back pain is the number one cause of disability. Back pain affects around 80% of Americans, and we spend over 50 billion dollars to combat this problem. I couldn't find a study on people that are crazy enough to race 7 other people on 20" bicycles, but I would imagine back pain is…

I am a huge fan of building athleticism in young children through a big variety of activities. Crazy right?! Well, in youth sports training, unfortunately it is not very common. I urge you the athlete, or the parents of the athletes, to push for getting good at many different things at an early age.   Play many sports. Take your…

Are you getting the most out of your plyo's? Do you even know what plyometrics are? Want to understand how to better train your body for specific physical qualities? Well, then I gotcha in this article.     The Box Jump is one of those exercises that we see almost every BMXer using in their training. Some do it from…

If you race BMX for very long, it's inevitable that you will have a big crash. Sometimes it's the crashes that happen so quickly you can't really do anything about. Other times you find yourself flying through the air with time to think about the landing. These are the worst because you know how much it's going to hurt so…

I think we can all agree that the gate start is where many races are won and lost. But you could make an argument that cornering is nearly as important. There is nothing worse than getting a great gate start, leading the entire race until someone pulls off an awesome move on you in the last corner to take the…

If there is one thing about training little kids that I hate, it's when parents tell me - KICK MY KIDS ASS! I get it. You want them to work hard. You want them to improve. Develop some grit! But just simply kicking your kid's ass will do very little for them, other than quite possibly creating a sense of…

When you are a kid your success early on in sports and specifically BMX racing is dependent on one big factor. It's not the equipment. It's not how loud the parents yell - PEDAL! More than likely it isn't how many clinics you send your kid to. This is completely out of your child's hands, and it's something that you can't do…

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