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Improve Your Jumping Technique In 30 Minutes | MTB Skills


– So here are a few
tips that are gonna help improve your jumping, nearly immediately. – Yeah, there’s one really common mistake when it comes to jumping,
it means that people can’t make enough height
to clear those jumps. So we’ll show you what
that is and how to fix it. (upbeat techno music) So this is the number
one problem I’ve seen, in all my years of coaching,
when it comes to jumping, and it’s all about timing. So a lot of people, when
they hit the take off and jump, the front wheel
goes up into the air. That’s when they want to
just launch the whole bike. And you see people’s
hips go up and forward. And often that means that the rear wheel actually takes off a little bit early. Or even if it doesn’t, you’re not just using that take off for both wheels. So, it’s really a case of
getting that timing right. Launching your front and
then your rear wheel. Right, so let’s diagnose a few of these problems that you’re probably having. And that is, with clearing this jump. So you probably think you’re
coming in with enough speed, but you’re not consistently
clearing this table top. So, this is where you have a good friend, such like myself, with a mobile phone. What you want to do is get a
camera out, put it in video. If you’ve got slow mo, that’s even better, ’cause you can see that
whole technique slowed down. So, let’s get this in line
with the take off, go on. Oh wow, okay, can see the issue already. Alright Neil, look at this.
– Was that a sweet jump? – Kind of ‘ish yeah, it’s
alright, see it in slow mo, look. It looks like, you’re coming in, when you lift and look
your back wheels kind of… – It looks like I’m lifting
the back wheel too early Blake. – You are lifting it too early. – Well I know how to fix
this, and it’s not on a jump. So you need your front wheel to take off at the very top of the up slope, but also your rear, we’ve worked that out. But to get that timing, the
easiest way to practise it is to find something on
the floor like a stick. Like this one I’ve found,
or a rock or anything. What you want to do, is use
that bunny hop technique that I always go on about, for
jumping, for making height. What you want to do is actually
bounce your front wheel off the stick, so do your manual bounce. And then a lot of people
who are going early, will then try to lift the rear wheel, and it will actually hop
up and over the stick. Let’s imagine that stick is
actually the top of the takeoff. So you want your rear wheel
to touch that stick as well. So bump, manual, bounce your front wheel. Now the hard part, you’ve got
to pause for a split second, with your hips down and
back, wait, wait, wait, as your rear wheel then hits the stick, then stand up and forward
to lift the rear wheel. That’s the timing that you need on a jump. So that’s the timing, it should feel like pop, pause and then another pop. So just leave your hips down and back, until your rear wheel touches that log. Don’t worry about it leaving
it too long to begin with. You’ll get the hang of
it, and then take that very same timing to the jump. You’ll be getting more height guaranteed. – Right, so after a number of hours of Neil practising that skill of jumping. Out on the fire road,
he’s finally done it. Take a look at this, he’s coming in with exactly the same
speed, but he’s clearing it because his technique is different. Just remember, pop, pause, pop. The most important thing is,
he’s using his body weight to bring that back wheel up. What you don’t want to do is this. By curling your feet on the pedals to bring your bike up into you, you’re gonna limit yourself. Because you’re gonna be
in this crunch position. And if you’re gonna case, you’ve got no where to bring that bike up anymore. Where is, if you’re in
that other position, you’re ready for it. You’re in a body position like this, and when you’re gonna case,
you can bring it up a bit more into you to clear that jump. There you go, he’s finally done it. Well done Neil, well done. (clapping) – So there you go, a few tips to help you
improve your jumping. Whoa, if you’re struggling,
keep watching this video. But if you’ve got it,
share it with your mate. And if you’ve enjoyed it,
give it a thumbs up, whoa.

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