In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I interview Chuck McGee III, a breathwork specialist from Northern California. Chuck is featured in the book Breath as the man who introduced the author James Nestor to the WIm Hof Method and someone has helped me a lot on my own breathwork journey.

In this interview I share some of my own breathwork journey and what got me started down this path and Chuck tells us what most people don’t realize about better breathing, why nasal breathing is the way we were meant to power our efforts, how you can assess your own breathing and the transformational power of taping your mouth at bedtime.

We also talk a lot about the Wim Hof Method, which has had a profound effect for both of us and something I now do on a daily basis. You can learn more about Chuck and sign up for his free Monday evening breathwork session at You can learn more about the Wim Hof Method at

You can stream or download this episode below.

Like I say in the beginning of the podcast, in many ways this is the most important podcast interview I have done because of the power that better breathing has. Coupled with how many people have some sort of breathing dysfunction, the info he shares in this podcast has the potential to help a lot of riders in a more profound way than just about anything else I’ve ever talked about on the podcast.


Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

4 thoughts on “BikeJames Podcast – The Power of Better Breathing with Chuck McGee III

  1. Chris Doolittle says:

    I’ve been doing Wim Hof for 1 year now. I’m a 65 year old mountain biker with 30 years advanced trail riding under my belt. In the last year with Wim Hof I’ve revolutionized my biking. I leave bikers who are thirty years younger than me in the dust. A combination of James’ MTB Systems teachings and Wim Hof is a great combination to get to new levels.

  2. Ofer says:

    Hi Chuck, James,
    I really enjoyed listening to the podcast, it is eye opening. Since I heard it I work on changing the way I breath, and breath more and more via my nose, using the diaphragm.
    In addition, I started the Wim Hof fundamentals training, currently I am on week 6. Which brings me to my question:
    In his classes, Wim does not mention the importance of breathing through the nose. He always breath through his mouth.
    Is there an explanation to this Vs Nose breathing? and – how shell I breath while cycling? Wim suggested his method of breathing. And you suggested to breath through the nose.
    I will appreciate your guidance.
    Thank you,

    • bikejames says:

      From what I understand, Wim likes nose breathing but to make it easier for people to use he just says to breath with whatever works. If you take someone who can’t nose breath very well and then have them try to do it 30 times really hard and fast it won’t go well and they won’t stick with it.

      You also have to look at the Wim Hof breathing like “taking your breathing to the gym”. It is a workout and not how you want to breath all day long. The best combination is to mouth breath during the Wim Hof breathing and then focus on nose breathing the rest of the time.

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