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Podcasts for the one and only MTB Strength Training System. Learn how to enhance your riding by focusing on the most important part - You!




Overtraining: What It Is and How To Avoid It

Everyone knows that training hard is part of getting better. If you don't push your body past what it did yesterday then it won't have any reason to improve your fitness levels. But we also know that if you push too hard things can go wrong. Usually referred to as Overtraining, almost everyone reading this has experienced the symptoms of pushing our body harder than we should have, which include lack of energy, getting sick and overuse injuries. Your body will force you to take time off...


3 Reaons Getting Stronger This Off Season Will Make You Faster

Spending some time getting stronger is one of the best things you can do to improve your perfomance on the trail. While nothing can replace riding your bike, there are 3 reasons that strength training will help you in ways that just riding your bike can not. 1 - It helps you work on tension skills that you need on the trail but don't do enough on the trail to improve past a certain point. 2 - It helps you work on movements you need on the bike in a less stressful learning...


Enduro Race Training

In this new episode of the BikeJames Podcast I share my thoughts on Enduro Racing and how approach training riders for it. A lot of riders are making some common mistakes with their training and my goal is to help you avoid them while knowing what you did need to focus on to be successful at Enduro Racing. Click the link at the bottom of this post to stream or download the MP3 file for this episode. Remember that you can download the BikeJames Podcast through Itunes and Podbean as...


Recap and Lessons from the Perform Better Functional Training Summit.

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I recap the insights and lessons I took from the recent Perform Better Functional Training Summit. It was a 3 day event in Long Beach that brought in some of the best coaches in the industry to share their knowledge. You can stream or download this episode by clicking the link below. You can also find the BikeJames Podcast on Itunes. My Big 5 Take Aways: 1 - Leverage and Torque based tension are different than Compression based tension. This is...


The Biggest Gimmick in Cycling? Clipless Pedals.

In this podcast I break down the claims used to sell clipless pedals and expose why they are nothing but a gimmick. Show Notes: The definition of the word Gimmick: A trick or device used to attract business or attention.This includes things that are untrue and have no basis in science or facts.Clipless pedals are sold based on two things that based on this definition are, in fact, gimmicks.The first is the Round Pedal Stroke and the Need to Pull Up on the Backstroke.There are countless...


The BPTM System - 4 Steps to Improving Your Performance

In this podcast I look at the 4 steps I'm now using to help riders improve their movement and performance, the BPTM System, which includes... 1 - Breathing. Crocodile BreathingMeditation2 - Position MobilityStretching3 - Tension Isometrics (Ramping Isometrics)4 - Movement Training (GPP)Playing/ Competing (SPP)Until next time... Ride Strong, James Wilson


Isometric Training: How Not Moving Can Help You Ride Faster

Every once in a while I have a lightbulb moment that makes me realize that I have been missing something really important in my training. Like the first time I was introduced to using mobility exercises to compliment my usual focus on “get stronger”, these moments open up a whole new way of seeing the bigger picture that leads to being a better rider. One of these moments happened to me recently at a Steve Maxwell seminar when he was explaining how he uses Isometric Exercises in...


Foot Health and Cycling with

So, right off the bat I want to let you know why this may be one of the most important interviews I’ve done on this podcast. Foot health and now it affects your riding is usually something most of us don’t worry about until there is a problem. However, even then most riders are usually in the dark about the best strategies to improve and maintain their foot health. This leads to a lot of riders who just figure that sore feet, uncomfortable feet and the knee, ankle and low back problems...


New Podcast: Conversation with Ryan Leech

Well, it’s official - Ryan Leech is one of my favorite people on planet Earth. Rarely does someone live up to their internet persona but Ryan really is one of the nicest, most giving guys out there. I’ve had the chance to talk with Ryan via Skype several times (a lot of them are published as podcasts) but I hadn’t had the chance to meet him until last week when he rolled through town and invited me and Aka the Trail Mutt for a ride. After a ride, some pizza and coffee we were buzzing...


Catalyst Pedals 2 Year Anniversary Podcast

This month marks a big milestone for me - it’s the 2-year anniversary of the Catalyst Pedals! That's right, it’s been 2 years since I sent out that first email letting people know about them and seeing if anyone would be interested in pre-ordering a pair. And while I was hoping to sell 100 pairs, we ended up getting over 550 pre-orders. That was a great start and in the last 2 years we’ve gone on to sell over 5000 pairs of pedals and help a lot of riders in the process. To mark the...


How to Apply the Specificity Spectrum to Mountain Biking

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I go over the 4 basic physical qualities that make up your physical potential as a mountain biker as well. I also explain what the Specificity Spectrum is and how it applies to these 4 physical qualities as they relate to mountain biking. By understanding where you need to get specific with your training and where you want to stay more general with it you can save a lot of time and energy with your training program. Until next time... Ride...


The Mid-Foot Position Manifesto: The science and movement principles behind the best foot position for you on the bike.

Some people may wonder why I care so much about foot position on the bike. I mean, does it really matter that much? Can’t we just ride what feels good and call it “personal preference”? Well, foot position does matters…a lot. Your foot is constantly sending feedback to the brain and it plays a huge roll in your balance, movement efficiency and power generation. So I guess you could say that foot position only matters if things like balance, movement efficiency and power generation on...


5 Reasons You Should Be Doing 5 Reps or Less When Strength Training

A persistent myth with mountain bike strength training is that because it is an “endurance sport” then you need to focus on higher reps and lower weights. Using 10-20+ reps per set and the relatively lighter weights they demand is supposed to help build the muscular endurance you need on the trail. And while this makes sense on the surface, there is a flaw to this logic. The truth is that most riders would benefit a lot from doing 5 reps or less per set and handling some heavier weights...


BikeJames Podcast with Ryan Leech - How to Assess Risk, the Downside of Social Media and Why Flat Pedals Rule.

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I catch up with longtime friend of the show Ryan Leech. I’ve had Ryan on more than anyone else and I think it is because we both have a lot of shared passions both in and outside of the mountain biking world. If you don’t know, Ryan is one of the best trials riders in the history of mountain biking, inspiring generations of riders with his otherworldly balance and artistic line choices. He has become one of the best skills coaches in the world as...


Why the Trackstand is an Essential Skill for Every Mountain Biker

Top 3 Reasons Trackstands are a Must for Every Mountain Biker In this new podcast I talk about the Trackstand and why it is an important skill for every rider to learn. In it I explain how they will help you improve your overall riding skills as well as some tips to help you more easily learn this important skill. If you think that Trackstands aren’t important but you still struggle with things like Switchbacks, Techy Climbs and/ or Rock Gardens then you don’t want to miss this podcast....


Why everyone SHOULD start on a hardtail.

Show notes: - I think that everyone should use self-limiting methods as much as possible when learning something new. - In the gym this means free weight and movements that limit how much load you can do based on your mastery of the movement (TGU and Single Leg Deadlift for example) and on the bike this means a using a hardtail. I’d go so far as to add in flat pedals and 26 inch wheels but that is another topic. - A hardtail forces you to learn how to use your body to absorb impacts on...


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Interview with Finnish MTB coach Jukka Mäennenä

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to meet and talk with other coaches who work with mountain bikers. While a lot of cycling coaches are still entrenched in the road riding mentality of training, there are some really smart coaches who are helping to push our sport forward. One of these coaches is Jukka Mäennenä. Jukka is a 29-year old avid rider and coach from Finland. He's been riding close to 15 years in several different disciplines but for the past few years, he has...