Podcast Interview for Pursuit Athletic Performance

A few weeks ago I did a podcast interview for Coach Al Lyman, owner of Pursuit Athletic Performance and we had an outstanding talk about the fundamental importance of becoming a strong, mobile, and stable athlete in order to reach one’s full performance potential in sports as diverse as running, triathlon, and mountain biking. This podcast is loaded with information and inspiration for ALL athletes, no matter your sport. Coach Al and I give you the no-nonsense truth about what it takes to excel to the best of your personal ability. A few of the topics we touch on are:

– Why functional strength matters greatly in activities normally viewed as endurance sports

-Training the miles is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of unleashing ultimate performance

-Why “just train more” is just plain wrong

-Why “strength training” is a misnomer, and what it really is

-How training outside of your sport manifests itself in your sport

-Training as a lifetime endeavor — longevity vs. short-term gains

You can download the MP3 file by right clicking here and saving the file to your desktop. Post any questions or comments below, I’d love to hear them.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Guthrie says:


    I really enjoyed this podcast. I have been super active ever since I can remember. Played competitive soccer since I could walk through high school and college. Along with this, I have worked out in some way shape or form consistently and have loved doing so. I have done a ton of different type of stuff, (not body building) but just to be in good shape, stay lean, increase mobility etc.

    This year, I have been mtn biking and doing things from your body weight workout and similar workouts with weights. After competing and doing pretty well in some super D and enduro races, I have had ZERO motivation or desire to work out for the past month. I can feel the strength decreasing and I just don’t really care for some reason. This has never been an issue for me, but I started doing some workouts the other day for about 20 seconds, then I put the equipment away and watched TV. How do you help people stay motivated and how do you stay motivated yourself?

    Reply • August 8 at 12:08 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      For me it becomes a matter of staying realistic with what I can do and also appreciating the benefits it gives me on the trail. A lot of us get ourselves into trouble because we try to commit to too much and then get frustrated when we don’t live up to it. I also can feel the difference on the trail and when I do slack off – becuase it does happen to me as well – I don’t feel the same or have as much fun. This motivates me to get back into the gym.

      You may also just need a week off to recover from some hard races which is natural as well. Training is a lifetime endeavor and it has ups and downs and needing to take a break is part of it as well.

      Reply • August 13 at 10:22 am
      • Guthrie says:

        Well, maybe I won’t be so hard on myself for slacking for a bit. I may give myself another week or so, but then I am going back to the no gym no problems workout. I did that when you first released it and really liked it, so I am setting that as my starting point to not get burned out again.. hopefully.

        Thanks for your help. I am always impressed how you pretty much respond to everyone on here and the wealth of knowledge of fitness you have. I always appreciate the advice!

        Reply • August 14 at 12:48 pm

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