MTB Training Podcasts

May
8

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I catch up with longtime friend of the show Ryan Leech. I’ve had Ryan on more than anyone else and I think it is because we both have a lot of shared passions both in and outside of the mountain biking world. If you don’t know, Ryan is […]

March
31

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 […]

February
27

In this new podcast I talk about the Trackstand and why it is an important skill for every rider to learn. In it I explain how they will help you improve your overall riding skills as well as some tips to help you more easily learn this important skill. Download this episode (right click and […]

December
16

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 […]

November
7

I’m not sure if you have noticed but the mountain biking world has an addiction to technology. And like most addictions, it takes something that can be positive and starts to turn it into something that can hold people back. No where does this problem come up like it does in the advice we give […]

October
24

I still remember as a little kid having a bowl of white sugar sitting at the breakfast table. My mom would let us pour a couple of spoonful’s on our cereal (which was usually coated in sugar already) and I still remember my eyeballs twitching a bit after drinking the last bit of milk from […]

October
17

One of the most common complaints I hear about from riders is that their lower back gives them problems. It could be tight, weak, sore or even painful but on some level their low back is affecting how well they can move and ride. Over the years I’ve seen this problem just get worse as […]

September
14

Connor Fearon is a young man living his dream. As a kid in Australia, he was inspired by guys like Sam Hill and Nathan Rennie to take up downhill racing and in a very short time proved himself able to stand on the podium with the best in the world. This last weekend saw a […]

August
31

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to meet and talk with other coaches who work with mountain bikers. While a lot of cycling coaches are still entrenched in the road riding mentality of training, there are some really smart coaches who are helping to push our sport forward. One of these […]

July
19

My colleague Jake Stephenitch is a strength and conditioning coach based in the Chicago area who specializes in programs for BMX riders. As a BMX rider himself he came across the power of strength training to improve his riding and decided that he wanted to help his fellow riders by becoming a coach himself. I’ve […]

July
6

Sports training is a delicate balancing act between several opposing factors. For example, specificity and health – while you need your training to be specific to your sport, being too specific all of the time can actually decrease your performance. You also have high and low intensity training – you need high intensity training to […]

June
27

I hope you had a great weekend and got some good rides in. I had the chance to try out the new DH trails at the local mountain just 45 minutes from my house last week, really excited about having some lift access trails so close to home. A few weeks ago I was interviewed […]

June
13

As a kid I remember that I could see myself being 30-something but 40 seemed pretty old, almost like life was pretty much over at that point. I laugh looking back on it now because one day I woke up and I’m the “old guy”. And while life is far from being over, at the […]

April
18

One of the things I love about mountain biking is the blending of fitness and skill it requires. I’ve often described mountain biking as the love child between an endurance sport like distance running and an action sport like surfing, making it a unique sport to both participate in and train for. This is one […]

February
15

When I first got serious about started strength training I did what most people do – I found as many cool exercises as I could and tried to fit them all into a workout program. I figured that the more exercises I was doing the better and that there was always a “better” exercise that […]

August
31

Last week I held a webinar going over Advanced Mountain Bike Core Training and how you can use specific exercises to improve your core strength and riding. It was a lot of fun and I had riders from all over the world register and tune in to the live presentation. In it I shared a […]

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
1

Riding a wheelie can be a tough thing to learn for a lot of riders. I mean, if you don’t learn it as a kid then it can be hard to pick it up later in life on a mountain bike. It is one of those skills that I still struggle with and I get […]

March
29

Last weekend I had the chance to attend a new fitness event, the Strength Matters Summit. Headlined by the likes of Dan John, Steve Maxwell, Mark Reifkand, Dave Whitely, Perry Nickelstein and a whole host of “who’s who” in the strength and conditioning world, it was a great chance to learn what some of the […]

November
24

I’ve been around long enough to see a real change in the way most riders think about Skills Training. When I first started riding mountain bikes almost 15 years ago Skills Training wasn’t something I had ever heard of, much less considered an important thing for me to do. Fast forward to the end of […]

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