How to Optimise Your Riding and Training – Derek Teel From Dialed Health


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Do you want to make the most effective use of your time on your bike and in the gym? Do you want to lose excess weight to get lean for riding and racing? Then Derek Teel from Dialed Health is the man to help you. In this week's episode, I sit down with Derek to find out a bit about his background racing downhill for Yeti. We talk about how that took him on to personal training, and ultimately to founding Dialed Health, with the aim to become the number one resource for cycling fitness. We chat about optimising your week of riding and training to make sure you're getting the biggest gains. Derek talks about the 7 essential movements that you should be doing each week. He also explains how food tracking works, and how you can use it to get lean. There is so much useful stuff in this episode, I really hope you find something to help improve your riding. Hit play above and get ready to learn! You can find more information about food tracking, along with ways to calculate your BMR here. Find out more about MyFitnessPal here. Check out Derek's podcast episode about setting your own mission statement here. If you're interested in the book that Derek mentions where he got the mission statement concept from, you can get it here. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off during September. All you need to do is enter the code ‘giver15off‘ at the checkout. Dialed Health As you'll know from listening to this episode, Dialed Health is there to give you everything you need from the strength training side of things to be the best rider that you can be. They have a whole range of programs available online over at They have a 7-day free trial available so you can give the programs a go. If you like what you see, then as a Downtime listener you can get $30 off an annual subscription to the website using the code 'DTP30' at the checkout. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It's brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that's using renewable energy. So check it out now over at The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you're there, why not join our newsletter, to get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. It's full of interesting bike-related stuff, competitions, product recommendations and more. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.

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