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The Podcast for the MTB Strength Training System, the world’s original and best strength and conditioning system designed exclusively for mountain bikers.

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In this podcast I cover...

Skills

Trackstands: The most under-rated skill in mountain biking.

  • At its core this is the skill of balancing without any momentum.
  • The slower you are going the more you need your slow speed balance.
  • Skills like switchbacks, technical climbs and rock gardens all require this skill.
  • Allows you to use skill instead of momentum and luck.
  • Easy to improve/ One of the best uses of your “off trail” training time.
  • Make sure you work both feet forward.

Rider Q&A

Are flat pedals bad for your knees/ role of float in clipless pedals.

  • Your leg and foot don’t create energy in a straight line, they use a spiral motion where the foot “screws” into and off what it is on.
  • This movement is in relation to the ground/ what you foot is on.
  • When you strap the foot to the pedal and restrict its movement in relation to the pedal then your knees will blow up from this lack of rotation.
  • Putting float in clipless pedals allows a little rotation before you unclip, allowing the foot to rotate a little and taking stress of the knee.
  • On a flat pedal your feet aren't restricted in relation to the pedal and so it can create that screwing motion into the pedal.
  • This is the more natural way for your foot to function and captures the rotational energy the foot and leg produces.
  • This is why people with knee problems often see improvement when switching to flats despite the lack of “float”.
  • Float is a solution to strapping your foot to the pedal, which is a product of the unstable forces going into the pedal. 
  • Your foot doesn’t need or want “float” as you find it in no other sport or situation. 
  • If you fix the problem of the unstable energy through a pedal like the Catalyst Pedal then you don’t need to strap your foot on the pedal in the first place.

Gear Review

Sense Of Motion Shoes

  • Small operation making shoes in Montrose CO.
  • Foot healthy shoes.
  • Light and breathable.
  • Dry quickly.
  • Just enough sticky rubber to do the job, especially on Catalyst Pedals.
  • www.SOMfootwear.com 

Until next time...

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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In this episode I cover...

 

Training - The 3 Axioms of MTB Training:

 

 

  • Behind every technique on your bike is a movement skill your body requires - you can’t control your bike if you can’t control your body.
  • Athleticism is contextual - movement demands are specific to the environment.
  • Mindful movement practice helps to supplement the rest of your training.

 

 

Skills -  Effects of bar rise on your body and ride: Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of more rise and what you shouldn’t be using them to make up for.

Rider Q&A - Isometric Training for Low Back Pain/ Slipped Discs: Should you avoid certain exercises and should you feel you low back getting “sore” from training?

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In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I talk about a few topics and how they can help your training and riding.

On Bike Movement Skills

Inside hand pressure for front wheel traction during cornering - The #1 thing you need to focus on to corner with precision.

Bro Science

1 Set vs. Multiple Sets for Strength Training - Why you need both for best results and how I’ve been using Isometric Training to help me safely do this.

Gear Review

Wim Hoff Method app and Fundamentals Course - I’ve spent the last 4+ weeks following the Wim Hoff method and I’m convinced that it has a lot of value for riders looking to improve their performance and recovery.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below this post or send me an email to james@bikejames.com, I’m always happy to help.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

 

James Wilson

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I’ve always thought of mountain biking as a great way for men and women to come together. My wife and I ride together, I’ve had several female riding buddies over the years and, in general, if a girl was willing to show up and get a little dirty, she was welcomed into the group.

Unfortunately, over the last few years I’ve seen the slow creep of the social justice warriors into our sport, which has led to the idea that women would flock to mountain biking if the stinky guys would just get out of the way. Part of this idea is the argument that mountain biking is “gender neutral”. At its heart this is well intentioned - no one should be discouraged from riding based on their gender - but it also ends up harming the same people it is trying to help.

Nothing in nature is “gender neutral” and that includes mountain biking. It is in understanding the differences that we can help each individual find the best path for them. Pretending that there are no differences between men and women means that we can’t have honest discussions about the best path for each to improve.

In this podcast I explore this idea and explain why mountain biking is not gender neutral, why this is alright and what this means for really empowering women riders to take control of their improvement.

Like I say at the beginning of the podcast, my intention with this is not to discourage women from riding but to help them find their own personal path to mastery and enjoyment. Nothing is more discouraging than not knowing how to find that path because people won’t be honest with you, and in the end that will lead to more women quitting riding.

I hope this podcast can help you better understand the differences between the sexes and how you can use that to make better training and riding decisions. We need more people using mountain biking as a tool for self improvement, not as a battleground for ideas that are not based in reality.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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In this podcast I share my insights in the concept of Riding For A Lifetime. Based on my own journey with getting older along with my 30 years of strength training experience - 20 years of it as a fitness professional and 15+ years focusing on mountain bikers - this concept is based on one simple idea...

There is a difference between training for short term performance gains and training for longevity. 

Performance enhancement and longevity can’t both be most important, you have to choose one. And for too long the info we’ve been getting from the fitness and cycling media places performance enhancement first...and we’re paying the long term physical price for it.

In this podcast I share where the idea came from, why I think there is a critical need for this type of info and the three pillars of the Riding For A Lifetime concept, which are -

1 - Sustainable Fitness Training.

2 - Sustainable Riding Strategies.

3 - Efficient Movement On & Off The Bike.

My goal with the Riding For A Lifetime concept and the camps, workshops, programs and other things I will create based on is to help riders understand the best ways to prioritize sustainable practices that will keep them riding strong tomorrow and for years to come. If you have any questions about the info in this podcast post a comment or send me an email to james@bikejames.com, I’m always happy to help.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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First, I hope that this podcast finds you healthy and safe. Mountain biking is an important part of our lives but there are much bigger things that a lot of people are going through and I hope that you're doing as well as you can with the situation.

With that said, I know that a lot of riders find themselves trying to figure out how to modify their normal training and riding schedule - I'm one of them as well. So I wanted to put together a list of my top 3 tips for doing that.

Top 3 Tips for Training During the CV-19 Pandemic

  1. Try to maintain your routine as much as possible and keep your normal training time. 
  2. If you need to outfit a home gym without a lot of money then consider using strength bands and isometric training to help.
  3. Use this time to develop the movement skills behind the technical skills you use on the bike. 

Bonus Tip - Don’t try to make up for lack of trail rides with a lot of Crossfit style/ High Intensity strength training type stuff. The best cardio you can do is on a bike so if you have access to one then use it, otherwise don’t panic and start using strength and power training as cardio training. This type of training has a higher chance of getting you hurt and getting you back on the trail with bad movement habits and overuse injuries waiting to happen.

Unless this is the endgame for the world government/ Illuminati and we end up under a medical dictatorship then we will get through this to ride another day. Doing what you can to keep up a good training routine will help in the short term and the long term so hopefully these tips will help you do that.

Until next time...

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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November 11, 2019

Sleep Coaching with Nick Lambe

Have you ever heard the saying that “to achieve what others can’t, you must be willing to do what others won’t”?

Of course, you can use this saying to motivate you to work out or watch what you eat...and you should, because those are important things...but I’d argue that you should also use it to motivate you to get more sleep.

Most people reading this are sleep deprived in some way, either from a lack of sleep or poor quality sleep. And while I knew that sleep was important, it wasn’t until recently that I realized how important it was.

Whatever the cause, the results from sleep deprivation are the same…

  • Decreases in aerobic capacity
  • Decreases in strength and power
  • Increases in reaction times 
  • Increases in catabolic “stress” hormones

...and this is just to name a few. As the guest on this podcast put it, sleep is the lever that you can pull that will impact everything else in your body.

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast, I interview sleep coach Nick Lambe. He helps people improve their sleep habits and the quality of their sleep through his business The Online Sleep Coach and he came on the podcast to share some insights and tips to help you with yours.

You can learn more and contact Nick on IG at @theonlinesleepcoach or online at www.onlinesleepcoach.com. He does both private and small group sleep coaching and I highly recommend checking out the free stuff he posts on Instagram.

 

Sleep is like a legal performance enhancing drug that far too few of us take advantage of. Hopefully this podcast will help you achieve better results both on and off the bike by daring to do what others won’t...getting enough sleep.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems

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In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast, I recap the 3 lessons I took away over the course of the two day skills and fitness camp I hosted a few weeks ago. All four riders who made the trip made some big breakthroughs with how they moved on and off the bike and I hope that these lessons can help you too.

They are:

  1. The importance of Isometric Training for developing strength.
  2. The importance of having weight on your hands to drive your movement on the bike.
  3. The importance of mobility training if you want to “ride for a lifetime”.

I also give a review of the Eliptigo M-SUB, which is a stand up bike that I used at the camp to help the riders get a better feel for some of the positions I was talking to them about. I think that it has a lot of potential for us as mountain bikers - definitely a better off season training option than a road bike - and you can check them out at https://www.elliptigo.com/ after you listen to the podcast if you’re interested in learning more.

 

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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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 Boomstick, Chris Duffin.

Chris is the founder of Kabuki Strength, a company dedicated to moving the fitness industry forward through innovative training tools and education. He is also the author of the book The Eagle and The Dragon, which tells the story of how he overcame a lot of obstacles to get to where he is today.

I got Chris on for a podcast interview to go over his views on strength and recovery and how they tie into the next level soft tissue work you can do with tools like the Boomstick. We also touch on barefoot training and Mace Swinging (a.k.a. 360’s and 10-2’s). It was a great talk covering a lot of topics but one that anyone interested in maximizing their recovery while decreasing the chance of injury should check out.

If you’re interested in learning more about Chris, the Boomstick and Kabuki Strength you can check them out at www.kabukistrength.com or one of the other links below:

Educational Content - @kabuki_virtualcoaching 

Kabuki Strength - @kabukistrengthlab

Chris Duffin -  @mad_scientist_duffin

I hope you enjoy this interview and get some stuff from it. And be sure to check out the Boomstick Review for some videos on how to use it on common problem areas for riders.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training System

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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 choose to ignore it then it doesn’t do us any good. You have to embrace the power and the responsibility that comes with it if you want to put it to use.

This is why I tell people that if you are a mountain biker then you are a mountain biker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every decision you make is going to affect your future self, both in the short term and the long term.

Trying to separate yourself from the impact of your decisions on your riding is ignoring your superpower. What you had this morning for breakfast, your sleep habits and your recovery strategies should all looked at as to how they will impact your riding.

Which brings me to this week’s BikeJames Podcast. In this episode I recap the Bioforce Coaches Weekend, where I saw some great presentations and met some really smart coaches. 

I had a lot of takeaways from it and have a couple of the speakers lined up for podcast interviews so we can dive deeper into some of the subjects. 

I hope you get some useful stuff for your own training, sleeping and recovery plan. I’m looking forward to putting some of the things I learned into place and sharing the results with you down the road.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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