MTB Training Podcasts

November
19

Everyone knows that training hard is part of getting better. If you don’t push your body past what it did yesterday then it won’t have any reason to improve your fitness levels. But we also know that if you push too hard things can go wrong. Usually referred to as Overtraining, almost everyone reading this […]

November
12

Spending some time getting stronger is one of the best things you can do to improve your performance on the trail. While nothing can replace riding your bike, there are 3 reasons that strength training will help you in ways that just riding your bike can not. 1 – It helps you work on tension […]

October
29

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the Singletracks.com website to see if I would be interested in coming on their podcast to talk about fitness training for mountain biking. It seems that a lot of their readers felt that fitness was something that was a problem for them – which is consistent with […]

October
8

In this new episode of the BikeJames Podcast I share my thoughts on Enduro Racing and how to approach training riders for it. A lot of riders are making some common mistakes with their training and my goal is to help you avoid them while knowing what you did need to focus on to be […]

September
3

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I recap the insights and lessons I took from the recent Perform Better Functional Training Summit. It was a 3 day event in Long Beach that brought in some of the best coaches in the industry to share their knowledge. It was also a great excuse to catch […]

August
13

Warning: Do not listen to this podcast if your identity as a rider is tied up in your clipless pedals because you won’t like what you hear and I’d hate to ruin your day. In this podcast I dig into the claims used to sell clipless pedals and expose why they are nothing but gimmicks. […]

July
31

Over the last couple of years I’ve been introduced to some things that have made me re-think how I approach training myself and other people. These things aren’t “new” exactly but better ways to look at some “old” things and how they can be applied to your training. I’ve recently started to codify this new […]

November
29

Every once in a while I have a lightbulb moment that makes me realize that I have been missing something really important in my training. Like the first time I was introduced to using mobility exercises to compliment my usual focus on “get stronger”, these moments open up a whole new way of seeing the […]

November
20

So, right off the bat I want to let you know why this may be one of the most important interviews I’ve done on this podcast. Foot health and now it affects your riding is usually something most of us don’t worry about until there is a problem. However, even then most riders are usually […]

October
9

Well, it’s official – Ryan Leech is one of my favorite people on planet Earth. Rarely does someone live up to their internet persona but Ryan really is one of the nicest, most giving guys out there. I’ve had the chance to talk with Ryan via Skype several times (a lot of them are published […]

September
18

This month marks a big milestone for me – it’s the 2-year anniversary of the Catalyst Pedals! That’s right, it’s been 2 years since I sent out that first email letting people know about them and seeing if anyone would be interested in pre-ordering a pair. And while I was hoping to sell 100 pairs, […]

September
11

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I go over the 4 basic physical qualities that make up your physical potential as a mountain biker as well. I also explain what the Specificity Spectrum is and how it applies to these 4 physical qualities as they relate to mountain biking. By understanding where you need […]

July
17

Some people may wonder why I care so much about foot position on the bike. I mean, does it really matter that much? Can’t we just ride what feels good and call it “personal preference”? Well, foot position does matters…a lot. Your foot is constantly sending feedback to the brain and it plays a huge […]

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 […]

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