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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!




Next Level Soft Tissue Strategies - Interview with Chris Duffin from Kabuki Strength

Last week I posted a review of a new soft tissue tool I’ve been using called the Boomstick. At roughly 2 feet long and weighing 20 pounds, it opens up ways to address tightness and mobility that I didn’t know existed. Having a long history with the foam roller I thought I knew a lot when it came to improving recovery and mobility through soft tissue work but after experiencing the Boomstick at a seminar I realized I still had a lot to learn. So I decided to go to the man behind the...


New Podcast - Bioforce Coaches Seminar Recap

In the book Sapiens - which I highly recommend BTW - the author talks about the superpowers that separate humans from other animals. We have a couple of them but the one that I like to focus on is the ability to purposefully affect our future-selves. Unlike other animals that are only focused on the present, humans can see into the future and project themselves into it. This allows us to make sacrifices now that we know will help ourselves in the future. But, like any superpower, if we...


Balance Training, Clipless Pedal Injury Studies and Foot Position in Corners and Descents

By the time you get this podcast I’ll be on my way back from a seminar in Seattle. It’s hosted by Joel Jamieson for his Bioforce Certified Coaches and I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I learned with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, though, here is a new BikeJames Podcast. Here are some notes from what I cover in this episode... Training Balance training for mountain biking: Does “balance training” work for improving your balance on your mountain bike? Skills...


New Podcast - Finding the right problem is the first part of the solution.

One of the recurring themes in my life lately is the need to identify the right problem before you can come up with the right solution. Sometimes we think the problem is one thing and work like crazy to find answer to it only to be frustrated over and over again because we were seeing the wrong thing. From life to training to riding your bike, it is all one big series of “problems” to solve with physical and mental tools you have available. But you only know the right tools to develop...


New Podcast - Deadlift Strength, Science of a Good Rider, Mixed vs. Regular Cardio & Cockpit Control

Hope you had a great holiday weekend. I had a good one myself, getting some riding in with Aka the Trail Mutt. Aka is getting a little older - just like his master - but he just refuses to slow down. I joke that he gets me out as much as I get him out but it’s true...without his enthusiasm for getting out on the trail as much as possible I probably would have skipped more than a few rides over the last 7+ years. But I’m always glad when I do get out. The combination of being in nature,...


New Podcast - Speed vs. Power, Handlebar Width and Emotions in Training

This week I’ve got a new BikieJames Podcast for you. A lot has happened since the last one and I had a few interesting topics to share, including... Until next time… Ride Strong, James Wilson MTB Strength Training Systems


New Podcast: Knee Stomp vs. Hip Stomp for Jumping, History of the TGU and Isometric Bro Science

This week I’ve got a new podcast to share with you. Instead of a single topic, I had a few random things that wouldn’t make for a whole episode alone so I put them together into this BikeJames Podcast. In this episode I cover… Knee Stomp vs. Hip Stomp: Why “stomp your feet” can be a bad coaching cue for jumping or manualing your bike.The importance of foot position on the bike for using your Hip Hinge and “stomping your feet” the right way (and why this is a major reason the Catalyst...


Recovery Posture & Low Carb Diets

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I look at two recent studies and their application to mountain biking and training. You can find the full studies below: Recovery Posture Low Carb Diets Until next time... Ride Strong, James Wilson


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 environment. 3...


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 why...


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 from...


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 the...