Staying ahead of the cardio training curve…

I had two people point this article out to me last week showing  in the lab the superiority of intervals over aerobic training.


One group exercised for 5-9 minutes while the other group exercised for 5 hours and yet their results were the same? More importantly they observed the same molecular changes, including increased volume of mitochondria, which is the main reason you are told to do aerobic base training.

I tell the doubters I don’t just make this stuff up and here is yet some more proof of just how far ahead of the curve my programs are. Cardio training for mountain biking is going to change, the science is just too compelling for us to keep doing the same old stuff for no reason other than tradition. In 5-10 years when everyone acts like they knew this all along you can laugh and tell them you were on before anyone else…

-James Wilson-

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  1. Maxwell says:

    The long, slow distance is just a different mentality all together. I still like the occasional long ride, but the staple of my training is the interval. I just happen to have some great jumps in the middle of my interval trail.

    Reply • June 29 at 6:18 pm
  2. Rob says:

    Yo James, I think that article is right on, but I wanted to add that distance training still serves an important function… it makes your MIND tough and forces you to develop a strategy to break through the ‘wall’. Most people experience mental breakdown long before physical breakdown—don’t you think?

    Reply • June 30 at 2:38 pm
    • bikejames says:

      I still think that riders need to ride at lengths close to what they compete in so distance training still has a place depending on your riding style. I will say that you can get pretty mentally tough doing Tabata sprints!

      Reply • July 1 at 5:15 am

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