In our sport we love seeing riders make progress and improve on their skill set every season. It's really eye opening and inspiring to see these athletes rise above the trials and tribulations associated with professional racing. From lower budget privateers to top level factory riders, when your favorite rider makes strides and reaches a new level in the sport its very exciting. Over the past few seasons we have had the pleasure of seeing two of our top riders, Adam and Tyler Enticknap, make some serious improvements to their programs and finishes. Both riders have landed themselves into numerous main event races and have steadily increased their speed and efficiency on their bikes. We were curious about their progression and how they made their improvements and learned of their involvement with trainer Taylor Selby. Taylor has played a huge role in their programs acting as both trainer and race day support. We wanted to find out more about Taylor, his role, and the progression of riders in the sport so we tracked him down to pick his brain a bit...
Hey Taylor! Tell us little bit about yourself and what you do in the sport.
I'm originally from Wisconsin, 29 years old, I was a NCAA all american linebacker and NFL free agent. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Physiology and I've been training for 10 years now and working out since 6th grade. I've played every sport growing up and also racing. I work with athletes of all ages and levels from physical therapy to specific sport performance.
How did you get involved in training and fitness? What motivated you?
Racing and sports have been a passion of mine since I was a child. My grandpa introduced me to stock car and late model racing at a young age and my uncle introduced me to power sports later on. Growing up in the midwest all we had to do was hunt and ride river beds, tracks, and woods everything on from dirt bikes to snowmobiles. I grew up without parents and fitness/sports have always been my escape and my go to comfort. Competition has led me to my current life where I strive to compete in anything that I do like Motocross, road-biking, MTB, and business. I raced and rode dirt bikes at a real young age and then football took over as I grew and figured out I had a college future playing ball. I came back to Motocross after 12 years of football.
How did you get involved with training Adam and Tyler Enticknap?
"HAHA", I always remember these moments. It started when I bought a bike and started riding again. l live 30 min from Zaca Station and I ran into them a lot (always broken and limping around). I decided to approach them and Ty had recently just undergone ACL reconstruction. He came in and I did his full therapy and got him back on a bike in a shorter time frame than doctors gave him. Addy always "cool guyed" me and basically never worked out through his career. After seeing Ty's progress he decided to give it a go. Going on 4 years now we have accomplished massive leaps in their fitness and career along with mindset and lifestyle changes as most have come to see.
How do you approach training these two vs. other athletes?
Addy and Ty are confused as twins. They couldn't be more different other than looks. Ty is a very aggressive no questions or no complaints. Ty is a "head down" type of worker. Addy is all finesse and thought. I always say if they made up one racer we would be on the podium already. All in all, we've had to teach the steps of the meaning of being a "pro athlete" basically changing all lifestyle first and then working through a real off-season/ on-season program. Its taken some time, but 2017 was a massive leap for both of them as they started adapting to their individual changes and needs. I hold all my athletes to a very high level of standards and if we fall back we pick it up harder and get up back up. It's not just grunt work and grit behind training. It's more psychological and planning/programming than what people see. Everything from oxygen thresholds to heart rate applications to food intake at what times of the day based on volume of work load. Like I said, they are completely different in every way other than the fact that they have the deepest passion for racing and helping people.
What type of energy do they bring to the training program?
They bring it everyday, no questions asked. If I lay it out they take care of it. They always have high energy and sometimes too high and need to bring it down to more focal points. When they walk into our facility everybody loves them and they love everyone else. For as gritty and dirty as these two get they are the most kind and loving/caring guys and open to help anyone around them. They never ask a question "why" or look for a return. That's why I will always work with them.
What are the training sessions like?
Depending on where we are in the season, typically they come in warm up for 10 with a moderate heart rate interval build then go through individualized Strength Happens mobility activation work based upon their ailments. We then break into 3 circuits in our Strength Happens programming. It all depends on where we are at in season because its specifically based on heart rate and the duration of volume stress on the nervous system to get as close to Motocross/Supercross replication as we can. We have a very solid strength aspect with mobility being key and then move into specifics and cool down post workout.
Adam had a pretty successful year and did great in the first few races. What was it like seeing his progress each week?
We have our ups and downs and that's racing. We love progress of course, but so many variables go into racing. We have worked on consistency more than anything in all aspects from eating to starts to motor mounts and dialing in what works all around. There's no better feeling than progress, but we take it in stride and always set up for what's next and never settle for being content or stagnant. That's why these two are special. They always want that next step. We've broke a lot of bones over the years and significant injuries and the first conversation they give me is "whats our plan and when can you get us back on the bike". It's unreal and humbling.
We’ve seen an influx of SX and MX specific trainers pop up in recent years. What do you think has caused this boom in the MX training sector?
There is a lot of pretend out there without proper knowledge or experience even on a bike to know what goes into this. At this level you have to understand how the bodies central nervous system works with each one of your athletes. Thus, why broad Crossfit "bullshit" programs don't apply to everyone and broad cycling programs don't apply to everyone. At this level of racing and demand each body is broken down specifically to that persons needs wether it be nutrition intake or mechanical, the smallest variable can make the world of difference. Theres a lot of spotlight and media and like every other sport people want to be apart of it. I find the passion because it's been a part of my life forever and the demand on the body is greater than any sport I've been apart of. Mind you I've played Football at the highest level and have had nationally renowned trainers. I've ran track, I've wrestled, and I've boxed for years along with playing Lacrosse.
What about the uniqueness of SX and MX makes high level endurance training such a necessity?
You have to operate at such a high level without a mistake for longer periods of time more so than any other sport. You have to be able to take risks and be comfortable in high risk environments. It's a lot of psychological confidence in being able to operate in that space for 20 minutes plus, while also being able to change at any moment and not to mention the physical demand of a 170-200 BPM heart rate and holding that pace. When you look at it on paper it looks impossible and that's why each night the best 40 in the world get to attempt making their mark. You have to prepare non-stop. Unlike any other sport where you can just show up based upon your physical and gifts you now have a bike and all the other variables within the race like track break down or other riders etc... There is never a place where you can settle because this sport is never ending with improvements being 100th's of a second.
Where do you see training in SX and MX going?
I only see it continuing to rise. It's a small market being their are only so many athletes at this elite level, but you're seeing the Champions crowned that are known for their off-season and on-season work both on and off the bike. It speaks for itself. The guys just riding continue to fall through the ranks and end up racing just to barely even make a night show. Without knowing someone I can watch and see who is trying to progress and who is just trying to stay afloat.
What do you currently have going on?
Currently I'm in Santa Barbara and have been for years. Being a partner with a unique private facility Strength Happens, growing that brand with Mike Claytor and our team. We have a lot of amazing things in the works and Mike has been at this and making his program more well known for the better part of 12 years. We're now in all aspects from Iron Man competitions to therapy to everyday strength needs for everyone. We are focused on continuing to grow as I said and looking at a 2nd and 3rd facility. This is our life and we strive to help everyone and I'm lucky to be apart of it
What are some of your goals for the future and where do you plan to take your career in training?
My goal will always remain in terms of helping as many people as I can while maintaining quality and specifics. My door is always open and training and competing is my life.
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