Author Archives: James Wilson

If you can’t do this you shouldn’t be riding your bike…

I know that this isn’t popular to say but the truth is that mountain biking isn’t for everyone. At least, according to one fitness coaching legend, if you can’t perform a good bodyweight squat then you shouldn’t be doing any sports until you can. A few weekends ago I had the chance to go to […]

New BikeJames Podcast: Conversation with Ryan Leech

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 […]

October’s Workout of the Month – Download Now for FREE

When I first started MTB Strength Training Systems in 2005 my main goal was to help other mountain bikers discover the power of a 21st century strength and conditioning program. In the last 12 years I’ve had the good fortune to help thousands of riders through my online training and coaching programs, but I’ve always […]

Catalyst Pedals 2 Year Anniversary Podcast & Limited-Edition Pedal

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, […]

BikeJames Podcast: Applying the Specificity Spectrum to Mountain Biking

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 […]

Rowing Exercises to Improve Your Cornering Skills.

Over the last couple of years working with the Steel Mace I’ve been introduced to how important it is to be able to connect both sides of your body when pushing or pulling. Since the Steel Mace has an offset load that I’m holding with both hands, it forces me to counteract what I’m doing […]

How Your Foot Position Affects Your Balance and Body Position on the Bike.

On Monday I sent posted a new podcast covering the science and the movement principles behind the mid-foot position and why it is the best choice for you on the bike. And while I think I did a pretty good job of starting to shed some real light on this discussion, there is one particular […]

The Mid-Foot Position Manifesto: The science and movement principles behind the best foot position for you on the bike.

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 […]