Here is a video I did a while back on how to execute a proper Military Press.

-James Wilson-

6 thoughts on “Military Press for Mountain Biking

  1. Bruce says:

    Hi James,

    Thanks for the insight. I totally agree that competitive athletes are bad role models for health. I played football. I had lightning quickness combined with bone crushing strength. In college I often played hurt. When the adrenalin wore off, I had a hard time just walking. The strength and speed training was equally brutal. Four of my five children also played at the elite level. Two were runners and two were football players. My daughter was forced to run with stress fractures in her feet. The coaches cared more about keeping their jobs than the health and wellbeing of the athletes.

    The road to the Olympics is littered with castoff athletes with broken bodies. This is no joke. There is a huge human cost in the shadow of everyone that stands on the podium. For me, in my late 50’s, I do a long physical therapy routine every day my life to control pain.

    I struggle to maintain a low weight to reduce stress on my overused body. This is where mountain biking comes in. Health is indeed different than fitness. However, I believe it is hard to achieve optimum health without a good measure of fitness. The relationship between health and fitness is, in my opinion, the source of confusion which equates fitness with health.

    If someone suffers a debilitating disease, our culture tends to blame the person with the disease. This blame game includes a bad diet and/or not enough exercise. Very few people are willing to admit that they are not in control of their own destiny.

    I live in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and get to ride to some of the greatest trails in the world. I don’t ride for fitness. I ride to for the joy of it. Riding a mountain bike keeps me fitter than riding a couch in front of the TV!

    Thanks Bruce

  2. Bruce says:

    Hi James,

    Thanks for the insight. I totally agree that competitive athletes are bad role models for health. I played football. I had lightning quickness combined with bone crushing strength. In college I often played hurt. When the adrenalin wore off, I had a hard time just walking. The strength and speed training was equally brutal. Four of my five children also played at the elite level. Two were runners and two were football players. My daughter was forced to run with stress fractures in her feet. The coaches cared more about keeping their jobs than the health and wellbeing of the athletes.

    The road to the Olympics is littered with castoff athletes with broken bodies. This is no joke. There is a huge human cost in the shadow of everyone that stands on the podium. For me, in my late 50’s, I do a long physical therapy routine every day my life to control pain.

    I struggle to maintain a low weight to reduce stress on my overused body. This is where mountain biking comes in. Health is indeed different than fitness. However, I believe it is hard to achieve optimum health without a good measure of fitness. The relationship between health and fitness is, in my opinion, the source of confusion which equates fitness with health.

    If someone suffers a debilitating disease, our culture tends to blame the person with the disease. This blame game includes a bad diet and/or not enough exercise. Very few people are willing to admit that they are not in control of their own destiny.

    I live in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and get to ride to some of the greatest trails in the world. I don’t ride for fitness. I ride to for the joy of it. Riding a mountain bike keeps me fitter than riding a couch in front of the TV!

    Thanks Bruce

    • bikejames says:

      Thanks for the insights. I totally agree that having a way to build fitness while also keeping an eye on health is the best as, going to he extreme in either direction is a problem. I also agree that there are a lot of factors out of our control when it comes to our health. And Colorado is a great place to mountain bike, that’s why I moved here myself.

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