There’s no doubt sport-specific strength training can up your game, and cyclists are notorious for neglecting the weights. The RipRow aims to fix that without making you go to the gym. Or do unfamiliar moves. Sort of.
Designed to strengthen the muscles used for mountain biking, BMX and motocross, the RipRow adds adjustable hydraulic resistance to movement patterns common in those sports. The idea is to give you better stabilization and control by helping you fight the forces that can throw you, or your ride, off track.
The included handlebars are 800mm wide, but the grips are wider than normal, letting you mimic bars down to 680mm without changing physical parts. You can also change the stance to mimic left- or right-foot back, or put them together to mimic a moto.
There are a lot more exercises than shown in the short video above, check their Facebook page. Importantly, it gets you rotating and moving in multiple planes, not just a fore-aft motion. It adjusts to fit very short to very tall people, and the base is rounded to force you to balance yourself while working out.
Pre-orders are open now, reserve yours for $1,199. Which would also buy you about ten years worth of membership at Planet Fitness, but then you’d have to take your scrawny cyclist upper body out in public.