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BikeJames Podcast

09 september 2019

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


    Balance training for mountain biking: Does “balance training” work for improving your balance on your mountain bike?

    Skills Training

    Why dropping your heels on descents or dropping your outside foot in corners is a bad idea.

    Bro Science

    Do clipless pedals increase the risk of hip injuries? Three studies would suggest the answer is “yes”, which means a lot for the discussion about clipless vs. flat pedals.

    Links to the studies -Study #1/   Study #2/   Study #3

    Rider Q & A

    Studies show that sitting is more efficient at sub-max efforts so why do you recommend standing up to pedal so much?

    I hope you enjoy this episode and get some stuff you can apply to your own training. And remember that if you have any questions or comments about this episode or if you have any suggestions for topics you want me to cover let me know.

    Until next time…

    Ride Strong,

    James Wilson

  • 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 when you know the problem to solve.

    The reason I bring this up is that “find the right problem to solve” became the theme of this episode of the BikeJames Podcast. By shedding some light on a new way to look at some common problems we face on the bike and in the gym I hope I can help you come up with better solutions to them.

    In this episode I share some thoughts on...

    Training: Horizontal Loading vs. Vertical Loading: What is it and which is better for improving hip movement on the bike.

    Skills: Pressure vs. Weight for Standing Climbing: Why you don’t need or want you butt on the seat for traction.

    Bro Science: Functional Threshold Power vs. Intermittent Power to predict XC race results: Does improving your FTP improve your MTB?

    Equipment: Angles 90: Great training tool for chin ups and deadlifts.

    I hope you enjoy this episode and get some new perspective on the problem how to improve your power, endurance and skills on your bike. I’ll be in touch next week with a new video showing how standing climbing makes it easier to navigate technical climbs.

    Until next time…

    Ride Strong,

    James Wilson

  • 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, getting the “runners high” from a long, grinding climb and the adrenaline rush of some sweet momentum fueled fun is something that never gets old.

    Nothing else provides this combination of soul-recharging elements, which is what makes mountain biking so unique. The struggle it provides and the environment it provides it in are the things that keep me coming back to the trail after almost 2 decades of riding.

    That’s also why I love sharing my passion for riding and training with everyone. I know that mountain biking isn’t easy but with a little knowledge you can fast-track you progress and avoid unnecessary frustrations. 

    Which brings us to this week’s podcast. In this new BikeJames Podcast I cover some topics that I think will help you ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail.

    This Week’s Podcast Topics

    Rider Q & A:Why does my female training partner who can’t deadlift as much as me (load or strength-to-weight ratio) outclimb me? Doesn’t my higher deadlift strength mean I’ll have more power and can outclimb her? 

    Bro Science: Three studies that  tell us the characteristics of a good mountain biker.

    Training: Why Crossfit or “Mixed Cardio” isn’t as good as “regular cardio” for MTB specific training.

    Skills: Cockpit Control workshop overview and insights.

    Equipment Review: Neat Ice Bag

    You can stream or download this episode below. Until next time…

    Ride Strong,

    James Wilson

    MTB Strength Training Systems