First, I want to say thanks to everyone that entered the contest. We got a lot of great comments and videos posted and it is great to know that so many riders are using Kettlebell Swings to improve their riding.

After going through them all I’ve picked 3 comment entry winners and 2 video entry winners, plus one Grand Prize winner who will get a free 30 minute Skype Video Coaching Call so I can personally help with with their Swings…

Comment Entry Winners

1 – Robert

2 – Bill

3 -Brad

Video Entry Winners

1 – r_deckert_mtb_pt

2 – yuribogner

Grand Prize Winner

1 – Ray Huertes

We’ve replied to your entry with instructions on how to get your prize, I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Ultimate Program

If you are a mountain biker – and if you are reading this I assume you are – then Kettlebell Swings are one of the best exercises you can do. They build grip strength, hip power and anaerobic endurance in one efficient package, giving you rep-for-rep better results than almost any other exercise.

Over the last few years Kettlebell Swings have surged in popularity. However, while it is easier than ever to find a workout or gym that will have you doing swings, there is a shortage of coaches who know how to coach it the right way to mountain bikers.

You see, how you do your swings will play a significant role in the type of results you get. Besides increasing your risk of injury, bad movement habits and misplaced focus while doing your swings will keep you from seeing improvement where it really counts…on the trail!

It doesn’t matter how heavy a kettlebell you use or how many reps you do, if you are making some of the common mistakes I see then you are holding yourself back in the gym and on your bike.

I know this because I have had the unique experience of using kettlebells for over 12 years to help mountain bikers improve their riding. Since 2005 I’ve worked with riders at all levels using kettlebell training and I’ve learned how to help riders like you get more results out of every rep while avoiding common mistakes that plague most riders.

And while I have shared a lot of great tips to improve your Kettlebell Swing over the years, I realized that I have never shared everything I know in one place. The Kettlebell Swing is an exercise that deserves an in depth look and so I decided to do something new to bring it to you.

Instead of a workout program, I have created a Virtual Workshop. This one-of-a-kind 6 part video series covers everything you need to know so you can have a great Kettlebell Swing in the gym…and better results on the trail.

Click here to learn more and get immediate access

No matter what training program you are using, knowing how to perform a great Kettlebell Swing will help you get better results. That means this Virtual Workshop is great for…

– Those new to kettlebell training who want to get started the right way with Kettlebell Swings.

– Veteran kettlebell users who want to get even better MTB-specific results out of their Kettlebell Swings.

– Strength Coaches who want to learn how to help their MTB clients use Kettlebell Swings to improve their performance.

–  Skills Coaches who want to learn how to use the Kettlebell Swing to help their clients improve their movement skills.

Click here to learn more and get immediate access

Of course, the choice is yours but I know you won’t want to miss this chance to improve one of the most important exercises you can use as a mountain biker. Click the link below to learn more and sign up for the  Virtual Workshop and let me let me share my unique experience to help you improve your Kettlebell Swings and the results you see on the trail.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems

Pedaling Innovations

On Friday I will be releasing a new product that represents a new education-based direction for MTB Strength Training Systems – a Kettlebell Swings for Mountain Biking Virtual Workshop.

Instead of just giving you a workout program, this Virtual Workshop will allow me to go into each part of the KB Swing in more detail. You’ll come out of it with a much better understanding of how to execute a perfect rep, how to avoid common mistakes and how to get the most transfer from the gym to your bike.

I’m excited to bring this new Virtual Workshop to you because it allows me the chance to do what I love, which is dig into the details behind exercises that can make a big difference in your results. No matter what workout program you are using, knowing how to do a great KB Swing can help you get more out of every rep.

To get things kicked off I wanted to have a couple of contests to give away some copies of the Virtual Workshop when it is released on Friday.

You have two ways you can enter…

First, you can leave a comment below this blog post. Tell me how KB Swings have helped your riding or why you want to start using KB Swings in your workouts.

Second, you can post a video of you doing some KB Swings on Facebook or Instagram. Use #kbswingsformtb and tag me in the video (MTB Strength Training Systems on FB and BikeJames on IG) so I know to count it as an entry.

I’ll be selecting 3 winners from each group to win a copy of the KB Swings for Mountain Biking Virtual Workshop and one Grand Prize Winner who will get a free Skype video coaching session so I can personally help them with their Swings.

So be sure to enter for your chance to win (you can leave a comment and post a video if you want) and I’ll in touch on Friday with the winners and details on the special deal I’m having for the release this weekend.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems

MTB Skills and Fitness Program

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of talking with Gene Arnold on his Bike Chat, which is part of his Regular Guy Mountain Biking Show. Gene is a regular guy with a passion for riding and he likes to share that passion with his fellow riders by interviewing people and reviewing stuff that he thinks they would find interesting.

It was a great 30-minute talk about stuff  – like how stretching, throwing rocks at trees and going for a walk can help improve your riding…and how it all comes down to perspective. I also talk about the Catalyst Pedals and why they are the platform your feet have been looking for.

Click here to listen to my interview on the RGMTB Bike Chat Show

RGMTB Bike Chat Show

I’d also encourage you to subscribe to Gene’s channel while you’re there and check out some of his other videos, he’s done a great job of producing some really fun, high quality content that I know you’ll like.

That’s it for this week, I’ll be in touch next week with a new project I’ve been working on that will be taking MTB Strength Training Systems in a new direction. In the meantime, check out this interview and be sure to get a ride in this weekend.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems

MTB Fitness Membership Program

Since 2005 I’ve been using Kettlebell Swings in my own program and to help my clients ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail. And after 12+ years they are still one of my favorite exercises because they build mountain bike specific fitness in a very efficient way.

First, they are a great way to build hip power, grip strength, and cardio. They also help teach you how to move from the hips on the bike instead of just pushing and pulling with your arms, which is an essential skill for balanced movement on your bike.

In that time, I’ve also seen the Swing go from a little-known exercise to one of the most popular exercises in the world. This is great for mountain bikers everywhere who are now easier than ever to take advantage of its ride changing power.

However, with this surge in popularity has come a down side…there are A LOT of bad Swings being done. These bad Swings are doing little but increasing risk of injury and teach you bad movement habits.

When showing riders how to do a proper Kettlebell Swing I cover a lot of things but these 5 tips are the ones that can make the biggest impact on the results you get from this exercise.


1 – Make sure you can Hip Hinge like a pro. Post Continued :: Click to Read More

MTB Kettlebell Workout

Body position on the bike is the foundation for everything else you do on the trail. From pedaling to cornering to jumping, everything takes place on top of the foundation your body position creates.

If you don’t know how to hold yourself properly on the bike it makes it a lot harder to improve your riding.  This is why it is one of the most common things taught to new riders and usually one of the first things covered at a skills clinic.

However, there is a problem with the way that body position is taught and explained to most riders. Post Continued :: Click to Read More

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