220px-radposter1986Like a lot of you I grew up riding a BMX bike. I never raced or anything but cruising around the neighborhood with my friends looking for things to jump off of sparked my love of riding, which eventually led me to mountain biking.

Today I’m digging into my BMX roots a bit but I do bring it back to mountain biking so I hope you’ll indulge me for a minute…

A few weeks ago I somehow came across the movie RAD while looking around online for something to watch.

If you haven’t seen it, RAD is THE movie that made a whole generation of kids want to ride BMX bikes. Following Cru Jones and his attempt to win Hell Track, I loved it so much I still own the VHS tape I had as a kid.

And if you haven’t seen it then you should stop right now and watch this YouTube clip. It is classic ‘80’s in every way and easily one of the best bike related movies ever made.

While watching the movie with my little girl I was struck by two things.

The first was how much fun they were having on their bikes. While the movie was about racing, all the riders could just have fun on their bikes as well. They were constantly pulling flat-land tricks and there is even a bike-dancing scene between Cru and his lady interest…but I won’t ruin too much of it for you.

The second thing I noticed was that everyone was on flat pedals. Post Continued :: Click to Read More

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I hope you had a good New Years’ Eve and 2017 is off to a great start for you.

I got to host a party at my house, which also meant I had to actually stay up until after midnight instead of sleeping through it like I usually do. We had several good friends stop by so it turned out to be a lot of fun, although I did have to sleep in pretty late yesterday to make up for it.

I also wanted to send you a quick email to remind you that today is your last chance to get to the new Ultimate MTB Workout Program v7 New Year’s Weekend Bundle for only $47, which is over 50% off the regular price.

Click here to get the new Ultimate MTB Workout Program v7 and 5 bonus workouts before this special offer ends tonight.

This program is the culmination of over 15 years of my education and experience as a professional trainer and strength coach, the last 10+ of them helping thousands of riders around the world through my online training programs. Post Continued :: Click to Read More

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I want to say thanks to everyone who entered the comment contest, it was really cool to see so many riders sharing their biggest lessons from the last year. While there where a lot of different insights being shared there were some interesting trends as well. Below are what I felt were the top 5 lesson themes that people shared:

– The importance of consistency.

– Switching to flat pedals to work on skills and pedal stroke.

– The importance of mobility and strength training for endurance and skills.

– Getting off the road bike and training like a mountain biker.

– The importance of keeping things simple.

I’m glad to see this was the list because these are the things I would say make the biggest impact on your performance over the long run. It just reinforces for me that these things are helping a lot of riders, which is why I emphasize them so much in programs like the new Ultimate MTB Workout Program v7. Post Continued :: Click to Read More

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I hope you had a great Christmas weekend and you got some cool stuff from Santa. I must have been a good boy this year because I got an Xbox One so now I can finally play Halo 5 and see what happens with Master Chief and Cortana. And yes, I am a video game nerd in a lot of ways.

Besides playing video games I’ve also been busy updating my best workout program, the Ultimate MTB Workout Program. On Friday I’m releasing it and I want to give you a chance to win a FREE copy it.

Just take a minute to post a comment below this blog post with your answer to this question and on Friday I’ll randomly pick at least 5 riders (if there are a lot of great entries I might pick more):

What was the biggest lesson you learned this year about training to be a better rider?

It could be an exercise that really worked for you, a specific workout that gave you great results or just an insight or “aha moment” that will guide you going forward.

It’s that easy – post a comment below this blog post with your answer and you could win a free copy of the new Ultimate MTB Workout Program v7 release package, which is worth over $500 with all of the bonuses I’m including. I’ll be in touch on Friday with the winners and info on the special release package I’m putting together.

That’s it for now, thanks to everyone for their support over the years and I’m looking forward to introducing the next step in the evolution of mountain bike training. Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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Something a lot of riders don’t realize is that keeping your feet grounded on flat pedals is a skill. And like every other skill, it is something that you can train and improve.

You see, having your feet fly off the pedals isn’t a sign that you need to attach your feet to the pedals, it is a sign that your feet need to get stronger and smarter. In fact, if you have never learned to ride on flats or currently can’t maintain your pedal stroke and skills on them odds are your feet have become weak and dumb.

But it really isn’t their fault. In today’s society, we tend to wear shoes that weaken our feet and inhibit their ability to respond to what is happening to them. They require stimulus and inputs and we tend to deny them of those things for most of the day.

This results in a lot of people coming mountain biking with feet that are too weak to ground themselves into the pedals and lack the ability to quickly respond to trail conditions. Couple this with the groundless advice to sit-and-spin all the time and you end up with a lot of feet flying around.

Of course, the bike industries answer is to sell you on a piece of technology that keeps your feet attached to the pedals. Hard for your feet to come off if they are mechanically attached, right?

Along with this also comes the fairy tales about the need to pull up on the backstroke and other myths told to convince you for the need for clipless pedals. Together it all adds up to a lot of rides never fixing the real problems and instead being taught to rely on the bike industry to answer their movement based problems.

Anyways, back to fixing the real problem which is teaching your feet how to apply pressure and ground themselves into the pedals. This is a movement skill that your feet know how to do already, you just need to give them the chance to learn and master it.

To help with this process you can apply specific strategies and exercises to your workouts. These things will help your feet get stronger and smarter in the safety of your gym so that you can more quickly apply the skill to the higher-consequences world of the trail.

In this video, I go over these exercises and strategies as well as explain more about this vital movement skill that you need in order to ride flat pedals – and your bike – with more confidence.

In case you need it, here is the list of the exercises I covered in the video:

– Tennis Ball or Lacrosse Ball Massage for the Foot

– Standing Fire Hydrant

– Single Leg Overhead Press

– Single Leg Deadlift

– Heavy Swings

Learning how to apply pressure into the ground with these exercises will build the same movement skill you need to apply better pressure into your pedals. When this happens, you’ll find you can keep your feet in place with less mental effort since your feet will be strong and smart enough to do the work themselves.

And if you’re looking for some help with your flat pedal riding skills on the bike my buddy Ryan Leech Has a new 12 Ride Flat Pedal Challenge Course he has put together. In it Ryan – who is one of the most skilled flat pedal riders in the world – personally takes you through 12 lessons for you to apply on each ride to quickly progress your flat pedal skills and overall riding skills in the process.

You can sign up for free through the end of the year by clicking on this link:

Click here to sign up for the 12 Ride Flat Pedal Challenge with Ryan Leech

I hope this video and the 12 Ride Flat Pedal Challenge inspire you to do the best thing possible for your pedal stroke and skills, which is to make your feet stronger and smarter and apply that to your bike through flat pedals. You’ll find that your body is capable of a lot more than you thought and that you can own your pedal stroke and skills instead of relying too much on your pedals holding you onto the bike.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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Last week I had the chance to talk with fellow coach Rod Bucton for his Sports Adventure Podcast. Located out of Australia, Rod is interviewing figures in the sports training world that he feels inspire others to take action and improve themselves through sports like mountain biking.

Always appreciating the chance to talk about strength and conditioning training for mountain biking Rod and I had a great conversation about a variety of topics, including why I’m usually the least qualified person in the room, why road riders don’t really ride so much to improve their cardio and what you need to ask yourself before you can really take action and change your life.

You can check out the interview by clicking the link below:


I hope you enjoy this interview and get some good tips from it. And thanks again to Rod for the opportunity and helping to spread the word about how smart strength training can improve your riding and your life.

Until next  time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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