mountain bike

September
8

I’ll admit that I wanted to hate it. When the Absolute Black oval chainring actually showed up in the mail I knew I was going to have to try it out but I sure as hell didn’t expect to keep it on my bike. I mean, everyone knows that oval chainrings suck and that the […]

July
6

So I know that this one might catch some flak. If so, I’ll admit that part of it is going to be my inability to articulate my points as well as I would like. Anytime I try to introduce a new concept like this I usually need a few tries to dial in what I’m […]

June
29

A few months ago I got the chance to attend a really cool event put on by Strength Matters. It was their first summit in the US, and it was a great chance to hear some of the smartest people in the fitness industry present on the trends in what they are using to produce […]

June
15

One of the most confusing terms in training is the moniker “sport specific”. While we can all agree that it is important to follow a sport specific program, how it best applies to you can be a bit fuzzy. The reason for this is because the term applies differently to each of the 4 Training […]

June
8

A few years ago I was sitting around after a ride BS’ing with my riding buddies about our ride. While we were talking about how we made it through a particular technical descent, one of the guys – who was known for crashing a lot – asked an interesting question… “You mean you guys aren’t […]

April
7

I spent about 3 years in living on the island of Kauai riding some ripping trails. Then I moved to Tyler TX and had to get inventive with my riding strategy. This is an old video I had posted on YouTube that shows some riding from both those spots. The first part is on Kauai […]

March
25

One of the secrets to getting good at anything is to learn the secrets and shortcuts. One of the biggest secrets to mountain bike nutrition is to make liberal use of the “super shake”. Your normal smoothie you get at a smoothie shop is little more than “adult onset diabetes in glass” not matter how […]

March
17

My chiropractor showed me an article that he had seen in the LA Times recently about the unusually high amount of cyclists that suffer from lowered bone density. In the article they talked about riders in their late 20’s and early 30’s who were coming in for hip fractures from wrecks that were not that […]

March
16

Here is the newest DB combo drill. It is a little more complex than some of my previous ones but I don’t make any excuses for it. If you have used my combo drills in the past then you have the skills needed, you just need to apply them in a different way… March DB […]

March
12

I just posted a new Essential Exercises for Mountain Biking page covering the deadlift. The deadlift is THE most important exercise for you to learn and use and on this new page you’ll find a video demo, pics, coaching cues and a downloadable IPod compatible video. Check it out! Deadlifting for Mountain Biking -James Wilson-

March
11

In this three part series I have been exploring if riding a road bike is a good idea for moutnain bike training. If you missed parts one and two you can find them here: Part 1        Part 2 Here is the conclusion to this series plus how it should impact you… 3) It takes skills […]

March
10

I got a great question from a client of mine regarding the idea of lactate threshold training and if it is needed in a program. Listen in to hear why the whole concept of lactate threshold training is based on outdated ideas and why mountain bikers need to work on getting stronger with their anaerobic […]

March
4

Last week I dove into the top reasons I think you should leave the skinny tire riding to the roadies. In the first part I covered how the nervous system views mountain biking and road biking and why road biking does not help you out much from a movement pattern standpoint. If you missed part […]

March
3

When you really understand how exercises work movement patterns and not muscle groups you can see how everything you do is really core training (or whatever else your weakest link is)… You can visit http://mtbstrengthcoach.podbean.com to download the MP3 file or if this link is not working. -James Wilson-

February
26

“Thanks for the check in. I successfully downloaded all the stuff, now I’ve got to organize it all! I think I’ve got your basic idea down.Was listening to some of your audio files last night. In looking through the manual I noticed there was no Military Press which you had said was one of the […]

February
25

Even though mountain bikers need more strength than they realize there is a point of diminishing returns. Can you get too strong? How can you tell if you need to get stronger or work on building more power? Listen in to get my take… Powered by Podbean.com You can also access the podcast through this […]

February
24

“Hey James, Thanks for the info. I really appreciate your help and insight. Question for you – what about lunges in the smith rack/machine thing?  (This is the big squat/press safety rack where the bar is held in rails.) In the past I have done lunges in here and they seemed valuable but I was […]

February
23

Since it seems that every traditional training concept I challenge, sometimes I feel that people must think I say stuff just to be different. While a lot of riders are starting to see the light when it comes to things such as avoiding machines like the leg press and incorporating more interval work into their […]

February
2

I did a blog post on this a few weeks back but thought I’d share some more thoughts on the subject with this video. -James Wilson-

January
30

I got a new bike last Tuesday (a Brodie Damien) and had to take it out to our secret freeride spot to break it in. I’ll post some pics of the bike at some point as well but thought you guys might like some fresh riding video… -James Wilson

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