February
5

Better Skills Through Strength Training Seminar Replay

One of the main tenets of the MTB Strength Training System is that you can improve your technical mountain skills through strength training. Understanding how certain exercises and movements apply to the trail can make a huge difference in how you approach your training program.

A few weeks ago I did a seminar at a local bike shop, Ruby Canyon Cycles, covering this very tropic. Some of the stuff I covered are things I’ve never talked about anywhere else before and luckily I recorded the presentation. So, here it is for you to watch and learn how you can directly impact your skills through better movement and training.

Please note that you can click on the link below the video player and go to the source page at vimeo.com. In the lower right hand corner is a link to download the MP4 file so you can watch it on your computer or burn it to a DVD.

Better Skills Through Strength Training Seminar

-James Wilson-

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  1. Keith says:

    Really nice! I’ve been working with Gray Cook’s FMS for a couple of months. My movement patterns are improving, and I’ve noticed generally better athleticism in everything I do. But, I’d never tried to really connect those movements to specific movements/skills on the bike. It was really interesting to listen to you connect the dots for me…

    Reply • February 5 at 8:23 pm
  2. Tim says:

    Hi James – great talk. Really hammered home a lot of the reasons why I started using your strength program. Was watching this whilst on the trainer pounding out some intervals and was listening closely to you talking about pedalling standing up. This is clearly a key part of mountain biking – obviously 4X and DH, but also general trail riding and XC racing. What are your thoughts on carrying out your intervals for XC whilst standing? Don’t do it? Mix it up? Just do standing? At the moment i’m on 1 minute intervals which isn’t too long to be standing for, but how about when you get to 5 minute intervals?

    Thanks, and keep on doing what you do!

    Reply • February 9 at 3:11 am
    • bikejames says:

      @ Tim – it really boils down to your weaknesses. If standing pedaling is a real weakness for you then try to focus as much of your training time on improving it as possible. That would mean trying to stand for your intervals as much as possible. Of course, there is an upper limit to how long you can stand and hammer so I don’t think you would be able to do 5 minute repeats but you should be able to sustain a 60 second effort. There is a lot of “it depends” going on there but that is my general take on it.

      Hope that helps…

      Reply • February 9 at 8:10 am
  3. Wish I Were Riding says:

    Hey James. I liked watching the video, you have some interesting points.

    I would like to suggest organizing your talks into specific parts, and then possibly editing your video by segment so that the pieces are more concise, and more importantly they are shorter to watch and maybe digest.

    Wish I lived out there to have an evaluation from you.

    Reply • February 12 at 8:45 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Good suggestions, as I get more “web savvy” I’ll probably try to do that. I just threw a camera on myself for this one to see how it went, it was a new seminar I had never done before. If you’re ever in the Grand Junction area let me know and we can get you in for an eval and personalized program.

      Reply • February 14 at 9:42 am

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