Top 3 MTB Skills Training Myths Webinar Replay & Podcast

One of the things I love about mountain biking is the blending of fitness and skill it requires. I’ve often described mountain biking as the love child between an endurance sport like distance running and an action sport like surfing, making it a unique sport to both participate in and train for.

This is one of the reasons that skills training is such a popular subject among riders. While some riders try to “out-fitness” their way through everything, a lot of riders recognize the need to improve their trail specific skills.


And so every year thousands of riders invest countless hours and money in attending skills camps, watching videos and reading articles and books in an attempt to improve their fundamental skills on the trail.

But what if some of the most popular advice that is being given isn’t really the best way to teach someone the desired skill?

Worse yet, what if some of this advice was actually holding you back on the trail?
Well, unfortunately that is exactly what I’ve found to be the case. After spending years trying to apply the normal skills training advice to execute basic skills like Body Position and Cornering, I came to realize that a lot of what we are taught has us focused on the wrong things.

The problem that I found was that most of this skills training advice was either blindly applied from another sport (usually motorcycle riding) or it sounded good in theory but it actually went against how the human body is designed to optimally move.

By focusing on the specifics of our sport and respecting the human body in the process I found I was able to improve my skills much faster and, better yet, I was better able to apply those improved skills to new trails and situations.

Over the years I’ve had the chance to work with hundreds of riders and I’ve found that there are 3 pieces of skills training advice that are pure myth. These 3 things actually hold back a lot of riders who try to apply them.


And while I’ve talked about them all at one point or another on my blog and podcasts, I wanted to put on a free webinar that goes over these Top 3 MTB Skills Training Myths all together. Here’s what you’ll learn in this free webinar:

– Why “elbows out” is the wrong way to get your arms in the right position…and what simple cue can get your elbows in the right place every time.

– Why “light lights, heavy feet” can result in an unbalanced position that robs you of braking power, traction and cornering stability…and what you should be focused on to maintain the best balance in any situation.

– Why “lean the bike and not your body” may work on a motorcycle but is the wrong way to corner your mountain bike for maximum traction and balance…and how a childhood game is the key to unlocking this skill.

– And much more…

Podcast: Download the MP3 audio file from this episode (right click and save)

Like I’ve said many times before, I’m not a “natural rider” and I’ve had to work hard to get improve my skills. I invested a lot of time and money in the process and yet I always found my ability to consistently apply a lot of the advice I was given to the trail.

Only when I started to think outside the normal “skills training box” did I start to find ways that worked better for myself and my clients. I hope that you’ll check out this webinar replay where I’ll share a lot of the hard learned lessons I’ve learned along the way and hopefully they can help you enjoy riding even more.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems

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  1. Blake Melton says:

    All very interesting. Thanks for making available. On the flat pedals, seems like the more aggressive you could ride with them the better the skills development would be. I’ve got some old plastic flats (like the sort that come on bikes) and minimalist trail shoes. Is this good enough? If not, what is a pratical recommendation for a xc-ish rider who would only use flats occasionally for skills development?

    Reply • June 8 at 7:00 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Investing in some decent pedals will help you get more out of the training, old plastic pedals will create such an unstable foot you’ll create compensations rather than encouraging improved movement and skill development. I’d suggest investing in a decent set up pedals like the Catalyst Pedals since they create the best, most stable platform for your foot. If you get them you can probably just use your minimalist train shoes. If you get a regular set of flats you’ll want to get some shoes with sticky rubber like the 5.10 Freeriders.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply • June 8 at 9:42 am

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