One of the big things that separates me from most other cycling coaches is that I look at the bike-rider equation differently. Most coaches look at it from the outside in, considering first how the bike works best and then trying to shape and manipulate the rider to fit that vision. I look first at what I know about the rider (a.k.a. the human being) and then apply what I know about strong, efficient movement to the bike. Only when I know that we have to compromise based on the nature of the bike, not because of a dysfunction in the rider, will I break a movement principle.

This is a bit off subject but this is why I don’t understand the use of bike fits for riders with glaring movement issues – if you have a rider who can’t touch his toes or has some other glaring mobility problem then why on earth would you redo his position instead of telling him that his bike is fine, he needs to gain more mobility so he can get into a better position? Anyways, back to my point…

This idea that the bike is a foreign thing to our bodies and that we should just throw all lessons about functional movement and optimal posture out the window is ludicrous, yet this is  what has led to the army of cyclists with the most horrid posture you will find among “athletes”. At the heart of this is your posture when pedaling your bike, both in the seated and the standing position. While seated and standing pedaling are different and require slightly different postures, the principles remain the same.

In this video I will show you the lost part of the posture equation and explain how to use it to gain a stronger, more efficient pedal stroke in both the seated and standing position. I also explain how to modify your posture when standing to get into an even more powerful and efficient posture which is vital when trying to stand more when riding.

-James Wilson-

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