MTB Strength Coach Podcast #28: Wide Bars, Whey Protein and Knowing Your Weakness

Episode # 28 of the MTB Strength Coach Podcast which includes:

– Gear Review: Wide Handlebars – do 30+ inch wide bars have an advantage and can you get too wide?

– Supplement Review: Whet Protein – what is it, what should you look for when buying it and how do you best use it?

– Training Tip: Know Your Weakness – are you too mobile or too stiff? How can you tell and how should it affect your mindset in the gym?

You can download the MP3 file and subscribe to this podcast via ITunes by clicking on this link.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Christopher Kelly says:

    Good work on improving the audio quality, that’s much better.

    I was particularly interested in your supplement review but was left wondering what your sources were, could you cite them here?

    I would highly recommend this recent BBC Discovery program:

    Muscle Wastage 08 Sep 10

    The discussion on nutrition timing and quantity at around 16 minutes is particularly relevant.

    Reply • September 15 at 1:03 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Not sure what sources I can cite, most of what I said is pretty common knowledge as far as where it comes from and the different types. If you have a particular question about something I said I’ll be happy to clarify or point you in the direction of a good resource but I can’t really think of anything I said that was controversial or outside the common recommendations.

      Thanks for the link and glad the audio quality is better, I was hoping I did not need to get too much more complex with my set up!

      Reply • September 15 at 3:44 pm
  2. Terry says:

    Was listening to your podcasts the last week on some long drives and am a bit concerned about your recommendation of whey protein. Its quite likely that excessive consumption of whey protein interferes with calcium absorption and can result in osteoporosis later in life (see Also a lot of people are allergic to lactose. Milk is not natural for grown humans and may be related to a number of health problems, including cancer.

    Personally I use a combination of hemp, brown rice and yellow pea proteins and chlorella. This also gives me more EFAs. Check out:

    In general though I really love your podcasts!!! My girlfriend and I listened to 17 of them over 2 days and are going to make good use of your excellent information, James! You have some very good stuff on your site!

    Reply • October 17 at 4:40 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Too much of anything can be bad. You can have too much water – its called drowning. I don’t think that a scoop or two of whey protein each day is going to hurt you and it is lactose free, being a component of milk that is separated from the the milk sugars. You can’t lump whey protein in with milk since milk contains a lot of other things besides whey – in fact, there is relatively little whey protein in whole milk.

      I guess the point is that I agree with you on both counts – excessive consumption of whey or milk can be bad for you, however I don’t think that my general recommendations are excessive. I don’t think that you should eat 100+ grams of whey protein each day or consume dairy products on a regular basis but some use of those foods can be helpful for the average rider.

      Thanks for the feedback though, I’m sure that we are closer to being on the same page than you may think. Glad you like the podcasts, I have fun putting them together…

      Reply • October 18 at 9:08 am

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