Nino Schurter is one of the most dynamic and enjoyable riders to watch on the elite level of cross country racing. To understand what sets him apart, a trip to the gym is required. His workout program blends high intensity interval training, complicated balance drills, and replicating racing scenarios to maximize his performance on race day.

Q & A with Nino Schurter

Why do mountain bike riders need a good coordination?
Mountain biking is a very demanding sport. Not only in terms of endurance, but also with regards to power and coordination. As a rider, you always need power and coordination at the same time- whether going downhill, accelerating or simply when managing tricky trail situations. That's why I try to combine power and coordination exercises in my workouts.

What does your indoor workout look like?
My coach Nicolas Siegenthaler built up a 30 min indoor circuit with nine different exercises, which require a high level of coordination and balance skills. My goal with this workout is to keep up a very intense level to simulate situations which are very close to race situations. All of the exercises are physically very demanding.

What's special about this workout?
The exercises are specifically developed to simulate a Cross-Country race. Even the regeneration exercises simulate real situations in races- like downhills. After two power exercises I do one regeneration exercise but here I do not fully relax - like descending on a long section of a trail, I try to balance and activate the same muscle groups. I try to even close my eyes when doing these exercises to teach my body to feel what`s going on.