Sometimes I get an e-mail from someone who has started my program and has found that there are a lot of exercises that require them to slow down, drop the weight and really concentrate on how they are moving. This can be a bit troubling as they start to think that they are not “working hard enough” to get anything from the workouts. They usually want to know what they can do to “work harder”.

My answer is always the same – training is not the same thing as “working hard”. Just because you come out of a workout super sore and sweaty does not mean that it was a good training session.

Training is about acquiring and refining a skill. Acquisition is the first part of the process. This is the real hard part and is more about the mental side than the physical as you really try to hone in on what is going on. As you get better and move to the refinement part of the process you shift to a more physically taxing workout while still keeping your focus high.

Learning to move better and addressing your true weaknesses will result in improved performance. Beating the hell out of yourself every time you go to the gym probably won’t. Remember that your goal is to be a better rider and slowing down and acquiring the skills you need to do that is the real essence of training.

-James Wilson-

8 thoughts on “Training vs. Working Hard

  1. Samos says:

    Hi James,

    Just a question, because I’m interested in your in season Group Coaching Program. I have just one concern. Or two…. How would we communicate together ? And what’s about an irregular Professional Schedule that don’t allows me to train regularly more than 3 hours a week (without the weekend) ?

    Thanks.

    Samos

  2. Samos says:

    Hi James,

    Just a question, because I’m interested in your in season Group Coaching Program. I have just one concern. Or two…. How would we communicate together ? And what’s about an irregular Professional Schedule that don’t allows me to train regularly more than 3 hours a week (without the weekend) ?

    Thanks.

    Samos

    • bikejames says:

      I have a private forum set up that you would have access to and can post your questions or issues that you run into. As far as your schedule, I include training schedules that show you how to integrate everything based on as few as 3 hours per week to train. But you don’t have to follow them, they are a suggestion I can help you figure out the best use of the time you do have via the forum.

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

  3. Ricardo Nascimento Ferreira says:

    Hi James, how are you ?
    I have a condromalacia pattella issues in both of my knees,
    but i still ride without a lot of pain.
    Do you think even with this issues on my knees , im able to follow the In season group coaching program?
    Best Regards,

    Ricardo Nascimento Ferreira
    ps. I usually ride and i did not feel any pain on my knees.

  4. Ricardo Nascimento Ferreira says:

    Hi James, how are you ?
    I have a condromalacia pattella issues in both of my knees,
    but i still ride without a lot of pain.
    Do you think even with this issues on my knees , im able to follow the In season group coaching program?
    Best Regards,

    Ricardo Nascimento Ferreira
    ps. I usually ride and i did not feel any pain on my knees.

    • bikejames says:

      It really boils down to what restrictions you have and how much pain you have. If you don’t have any major restrictions with the exercises you can do and you don’t push past a lot of pain then yes, the workouts would probably help you. You might also look at the Ultimate MTB Workout Program since it starts out with easier workouts that focus on core strength and movement.

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