Mountain Bike Strength Training

June
3

You hear a lot of people talk about “flow” and trying to find it on the bike, but what does it really mean? And is it possible to be able to control it to some degree, being able to enter it when you want? As far as what “flow” is, it can be hard to […]

May
27

I hope your having a great Memorial Day weekend filled with riding, friends and family. We’ve got epic conditions for riding here in Fruita with a wet spring packing the trails in and a wildflower super-bloom, plus my wife got a new bike so I’ve been enjoying my long weekend. I also wanted to let […]

May
6

May is a lot of fun here in the Grand Valley. While every month is great to be a rider around here, to help kick off the riding season this month is the official Grand Valley Bike Month. We just wrapped up the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, which is always a lot of fun, and […]

April
29

Over the last 18 months I’ve become an evangelist for isometric training. If someone wants to talk training then the first thing I tell them is about the amazing experience I’ve had and seen others have with this marginalized training method. Increases in strength and endurance with far fewer training related aches and pains, all […]

April
17

On Monday I sent out an email sharing a study I had found on the impact of in-season strength training on your performance. While you can check out the post and study HERE, I can sum it up for you in two words… It helps. And while I shared a simple program you can use […]

March
18

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, at 43, I’m the “old guy”. And while life is far from being over, […]

March
11

Want to know the #1 thing that can make a difference in your mountain biking journey? While the physical stuff is important, the #1 thing is actually your mindset. Until you get things straight between the ears the rest of the body doesn’t really matter. Of course, this isn’t news to a lot of you. […]

February
18

Let me ask you a questions – Do you struggle to stick with a training program? Despite your best intentions,does your motivation begin to quickly die and you find it harder and harder to do the workouts you know you need to do? Well, if you answered “yes” then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most […]

January
14

As the creator of the Catalyst Pedals I get asked a lot about foot position. And this is to be expected – as the first and only pedal designed to optimize the mid-foot position it seems to defy a lot of the common logic used when discussing foot position on the bike. When talking about […]

December
20

While it seems like common knowledge now, there was a time not too long ago when the words “Hip Hinge” were unknown in mountain bike training circles. Stuck in the bodybuilder inspired stuff left over from the 1990’s, most training routines for riders included a healthy dose of leg presses, leg extensions and leg curls. […]

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 […]

November
5

A few weeks ago I shared one of my favorite blog posts I’ve done over the years where I broke down how to Manual and Bunny Hop on Your Bike. I really like it because it was the result of a long, frustrating journey as I tried to figure out this elusive skill based on […]

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 […]

October
1

When my little boy Z was a baby he was like a ninja crawling on the ground. When something caught his eye he would zip over to it to check it out and see what trouble he could cause with it, which always kept his mom and I on our toes. However, the real problem […]

September
24

While it is one of the oldest training tools in the world the Steel Mace finds itself in an interesting situation. First, there is no codified training system for them. Despite being used for thousands of years to condition the human body for swinging stuff in battle and for wrestling another human there isn’t a […]

September
19

Ever since I was a teenager running track in high school I’ve been fascinated with how to manipulate the human body to perform better. To me it was like a video game – you could literally level up your character if you did the right things with your strength and conditioning program. That fascination led […]

September
10

Over the last 5 years few exercises have gotten as popular as Kettlebell Swings. With it’s blend of hip power, cardio and grip strength it has a lot to offer mountain bikers. However, over the last few years I’ve started to thing that we can do better than the Kettlebell Swing. In fact, I know that […]

August
31

I wanted to wrap up this week by explaining in more detail exactly why Ramping Isometrics are a key part of getting stronger. Since releasing my Ramping Isometrics for MTB Training Program earlier this week I’ve had a lot of people asking why they need to use it and it all comes down to helping […]

August
29

Getting better at mountain biking is never easy. It’s a tough sport that requires a different breed of person to excel at. But while there is no getting around a certain amount of pain and effort, there’s no reason to make things harder on ourselves either. I mean, we may be crazy but we’re not […]

August
27

Ramping Isometrics are the most effective training technique I’ve found for the unique demands of mountain biking. Able to increase your MTB specific strength and cardio with workouts that take less than 20 minutes, they have completely changed how I train myself and the small handful of riders I work with. I’ve been using a […]

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