Chance to Win a Free Copy of my Newest DB Combos Program!

When I first created the DB Combos Workout Program the goal was simple – design a workout program that could be done with only a pair of adjustable dumbbells and did not require a lot of time and mental effort to figure out. I wanted to make mountain bike specific strength and conditioning available to every rider without the need to join a gym or have a lot of previous experience in the gym.

I know that, as a mountain biker, you have more important things to do than battle the masses at the gym or try and figure out a bunch of complicated exercises and routines. Judging by the immense popularity of the DB Combos Program and testimonials I have got from riders praising it I would have to say I accomplished that goal.

However, as many of you know I never content to rest on my past successes and as good as 3rd version of the program is, my never ending search for better, more refined training methods has once again led to the need to update the program. This new program retains the simplicity of the previous version while adding several subtle layers that will improve the results you are guaranteed to experience.

I plan on releasing the new version of this legendary program on the 24th but in the meantime I want to give you a chance to win a free copy of it when it is released. Simply leave a comment below either telling me why you love the DB Combos program and how you have benefited from it or, if you have not used it yet, why you want to get it and how you think it would change your riding.

I will be choosing a winner from those who leave a comment over the next 24 hours so don’t wait, the winner will be announced tomorrow morning here on the blog. Thanks again for all the support I have received from the mountain biking community over the years, it really keeps me motivated to continue to push the envelope with strength and conditioning programs designed for our unique sport.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Leith says:

    After years of doing the typical ride the road in the winter for training, my results racing results have been kind of at stand still for a couple years. As a rider I have also felt like I have been in a progression slump, not quite being able to push any harder, but knowing that I can. After much lurking and research on your site/blog I decided to get the DB combos program to see if it would help me move past this point i have been stuck in for some time. After 2 months so far, I can say that I am going to be a totally new rider this spring! Not only have I learned a bunch of great new exercises that I would have never thought of doing on my own, but I now know how to train and lift in a proper way that I wouldn’t have learned in a gym. As a broke pro Enduro DH racer who recently made the switch from clips to flats, I knew that I needed an affordable training program that would give me an edge on the competition, and make me strong as a complete rider, and I believe combining the DB combos program with a regular riding schedule has done just that.

    Reply • February 17 at 8:15 am
  2. Gerrad says:

    I’m in week one of the DB Combos program and I already love it. It’s so simple and streamlined and the best part is that I can do it at home, without the gym. I’ve struggled with over-crowded gyms packed full of “normals” and meat heads. I was always waiting for a certain piece of equipment and it seemed to happen the most when I’m supposed to be doing a circuit. So I went from the UMWP to the DB Combos program, and I’m happier with the simplicity of the workouts and the privacy of training in my own home. I can’t wait for spring, 2012 racing season here I come.

    Reply • February 17 at 8:56 am
  3. Tim says:

    I would love to try the program, I do realize I have reached a plateau regarding my conditioning with bike only. My problem is finding time to do any program. With a full time job and commitments with kids it is tough to find opportunity. But if I win a copy I would just plain have to find time.

    Reply • February 17 at 8:58 am
  4. Scott says:

    I haven’t tried the program, but I have followed several of the training videos. I’ve been really impressed with how much of a good, strenuous workout you can get, quickly with minimal “utensils”. So far, I’ve really learned how proper technique can make up for gadgets and massive weights.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:11 am
  5. sheryl says:

    I am pretty new to mountain biking, been riding less than 2 years. I never rode BMX as a kid because little girls did not do those types of things or so I was told. I was starting from scratch, quite literally, I had no real physical fitness or riding skills. I fumbled through learning how to mountain bike with no one really to show me how at first since I had not really met anyone in the local biking community. I was “convinced” to get clipless pedals after a month of riding because I was told I should race my bike and I manged to figure them out as well on my own (I would like to note that because of your workouts and website I am now switching back to flats and learning how to ride properly). I fell a lot and was very bruised and battered and very close to giving up on biking since I was having so much trouble due to not have the correct balance, form and muscle tone yet for riding. All of this peaked this summer when I took a bad spill on my bike at a race (mind you it was because I was fumbling with my clipless pedals) and broke my wrist. I had surgery and was off my bike for two months. I previously participated in a bike clinic with Gene Hamilton and he mentioned your site and what you do. I checked it out a bunch but never committed to using it until after my wrist surgery. That is when I decided I was going to do things right this time. I was tired of listening to everyone else to just get on my bike and ride. They would say that simply doing that alone would make me a better rider. So I invested in your program to become a better, more fit rider and person. I can say that your program is one of the best investments I have made. I made it apart of my physical therapy routine as well and I have become a more confident and stronger rider. Not only has it helped my balance and physical strength but it has helped my mind. I have become more confident on rides which allows me to ride with more speed and avoid costly mistakes due to grabbing my brakes out of fear. I have only been at it for four weeks but I am already seeing results and plan to continue with these workouts indefinitely. I actually enjoy riding my mountain bike again!

    Reply • February 17 at 9:15 am
  6. Kevin says:

    I’ve used both the 1.0 and 3.0 DB program, but didn’t start using it as a proper training tool until last year. Strictly from a numbers point of view, it’s made a HUGE difference in my riding. In 2010, I raced cat 2 XC, and never finished better than mid-pack. After a solid off-season with the 3.0 program, my 2011 season finished with 7 1st place finishes and the top spot on the podium for the season! This will be my first season racing cat 1 XC and I owe it to the DB program.
    From a physical/health standpoint, the DB program has been invaluable as well. I had some pretty nasty crashes last year that should have at least sidelined me, if not broken something, but the mobility and strength training paid off with much shorter recovery times than if I had just done all my training in the saddle.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:16 am
  7. sean says:

    Hey I just love reading your emails/blog. When I read them it is like you are talking to me. It makes so much sense to me. I always want to be faster and stronger.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:20 am
  8. Bryan Fraser says:

    I have not used your DB Combos Program, but did purchase your Kettlebell Program and just stated using it. I found out Wednesday that I made it into the Leadville 100, so I am hoping your DB Combos and Kettlebell programs will help me obtain my finishers belt buckle.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:24 am
  9. Jim McCullen says:

    Hello James,
    I’ve been following your blog for a few years now. I used the original DB Combo workout routines for quite a while. Might be a good time to take another look at the latest version

    Reply • February 17 at 9:33 am
  10. Neil Barstow says:

    Hi James
    You did a great job getting me started on proper mountainbike specific strength training with the first DB combos program. What is more each update has been a significant improvement on the earlier version.
    Well done for helping us all have happier trails.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:38 am
  11. Robert C says:

    I have yet to purchase the DB Combos Workout Program, but have been listening to the MTB Strength Training podcasts for a year now, been following the blogs and watched several of the videos James has posted on youtube. I started riding bikes at 3, raced BMX and rode freestyle until I was 16 and decided to sell my Hutch Trickstar for $100 for gas money. Bought a Cannondale Beast of the East in 1991 and rode constantly for 5 or 6 years until I realized that smoking a pack of cigarettes a day really impacts your cardio. Frustrated with not being able to ride like I used to, I decided to quit riding instead of quitting smoking. I’m 40 now and bought a Stumpjumper FSR last year as incentive to quit smoking. I haven’t smoked in over a year now and every ride reminds me that it was the best decision/purchase I’ve ever made. I am in decent shape, but unfortunately, my cardio still isn’t what I would like it to be. Plus, I’ve never been a member of a gym so this program seems like it would be exactly what I need to take the skills I have had since I was a kid and take my riding to another level. Right now my biggest issue is I get completely bonked on the climbs so by the time I get to reap the rewards and bomb a downhill, I’m so physically spent that I ride sloppy and don’t go as fast as I could have if I were fresh. Without some kind of training program and direction, I don’t think that just riding a couple of times a week will be enough erase the adverse effects of 2 decades of smoking. The bike was a big investment, but I think this program is what I need to get the full potential out of it and myself. Right now, I’m not doing either one justice.
    Thanks for all you do, James. I hope I win. Pick me. Pick me.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:42 am
  12. Cris says:

    Hi James,
    I´m one of your Chilean fans, and I´ve following you over the last year regarding your trainings and bike riding videos from Pinkbike. Which I certainly find them very useful and have considerably improve my riding fitness and skills. I consider really important your work regarding the bike community. I have never try one of your DB conditioning programs, however, considering your other work I´m pretty sure this should be great and should continue improving my riding in all aspects. Best.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:46 am
  13. chuck says:

    Bought version 1 because I really liked the videos that showed proper technique for the exercises. The one on dead lifts was great. Printed everything out and put in a 3 ring binder.

    Version 2 came out a month later so I upgraded. Looked at it and it was not organized or professionally assembled. I think there was even a video on how to put it together. To much work to assemble it, never used it. Really if you need a video on how to put the package together, is it really a professional package. Thought about upgrading to 3 but wasn’t sure if was easier to use/understand. Never could find out even after emailing you so, I still use version 1 on occasion.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:50 am
  14. Dennis says:

    I have not purchased any of the programs yet, but I have been using much of the information you have made publicly available (including switching to flat pedals and 5-10’s), and I have noticed a big improvement in my riding. I have been thinking about purchasing the ultimate program or the KB program, and I think that this one may be a great way for me to get started. I am a total beginner in the gym, and am a little intimidated at the moment by the ultimate program. Thanks for all you do for us!

    Reply • February 17 at 10:03 am
  15. Dave Lucas says:

    I would like to try the DB Workout program. I feel it would help me overcome the rut I’m in physically and mentally. I’m just recovering from a torn rotator cuff suffered last July.It was my 2nd time out for the season on a downhill run, and I crashed hard with a Left torn rotator cuff and 2 compression fxs, T3 and T4, needless to say that was the end of my season. This year I would like to come back hard and strong, I could use a solid workout program from a trusted source.

    Reply • February 17 at 10:18 am
  16. Crystal says:

    I have wanted to purchase your programs for quite some time. I have been following the blog for a few years now and have used all of the exercise suggestions you have posted. I was surprised with the results I have seen using the 12 best exercises…although I still hate Turkish get ups!! I have noticed added back, core and leg strength incorporating these exercises into my workouts. I have noticed added upper body strength that has helped me tackle cornering, leg strength that has helped me in the climbs, and added endurance for long rides. I used to have back pain especially after riding downhill. Much of that has disappeared with training, bike fit, pedals, well ALL of your fantastic and insightful advice that I have been very grateful to have. I am looking forward to pushing some personal boundaries in the coming race season. I am committed to training and I know that your program is what I need to succeed in riding faster and longer!

    Reply • February 17 at 10:31 am
  17. Dan Holmes says:

    Hey James
    First of all James I’d like to congradulate you on your success with the DB Combo programs, it’s so awesome to have another tool in our quivers to help make our biking passions more enjoyable. For many many years my training for the up coming season was to go to the gym about 4 months in advance of the first ride. I would do the typical body part splits at so many reps for so many sets. While this helped it was getting old, not addressing my cardio and gym memberships were getting costly plus jumping into the car to drive to town was taking up time. So knowing that I needed to change things up I jumped on the WWW and started searching. I don’t remember how I found you and that doesn’t really matter, what matters is that I found you and your DB Combo program.
    Your program sounded great so I jumped in and bought it. What I immediately noticed was how simple it was, note I did not say easy. I had never done burpees before and i was so full of energy to start, that the first time I jumped back my feet flailed back in the air like a horse bucking. Well my wife who was sitting on the couch nearly lost her breakfast laughing so hard. We live in a small house, another advantage of your program is you truly don’t need a lot of room for it. We were both laughing and she asked me what the heck I was doing and I said, I’m not sure. Anyhow I soon got the hang of it and really committed to it. After 2 months into it I remember coming home from an incredible ride were I had cleaned a steep climb that I had never done before and on flats which I had switched to on your advice. I quickly fired you off an email thanking you and mentioning how amazed I was at the results of your program.
    From what I have seen I believe that your DB Combo program is the best bang for your buck and time out there. I wish you continued success and I look forward to seeing what you have come up with.


    Reply • February 17 at 11:18 am
  18. I used to do some general bodybuilding programs with more reps. As I first saw James Wilson’s programs, I knew that they’re definitely worth trying, I’ve bought some but I kept with my program. Why? Because the gym was full of all those fancy machines and I wanted to do “more”. I was really satisfied with my progress on bench press etc. And KB looked like “that’s all? This is it?”

    But honestly the bodybuilder’s program or riding on a trainer the whole winter almost doest affect riding. I know it, I’ve tried. I’m currently doing the Ultimate program, but DB program is probably the most effective MTB program when you have only a little time and almost no equipement. I’m going to switch to DB for the during the season training. You have to try James programs for a while to completely understand what and WHY is every part of the program doing – you won’t have biceps like Mr. Olympia nor legs like Alberto Contador, but that’s not what you should be looking for. I think that the main benefit that really involves your next season is that DB program will help you keep better attack position for a much longer time.

    First I was persuading my friends who were sitting hours on their trainers and riding “base miles” that they’re wrong, that they should switch to one of James’s strength training programs. Now i would’t suggest it to any of riders that I’m competing with. Nor to my friends. Because I feel like knowing James’s web and having his programs is giving me a huge edge.

    I have also already bought 2 versions of DB – I like how James adds new knowledge and experiences into each update. Yes, it means that sometimes he understands something better than the year before, but be assured that at any time you download James program, you’re getting the best MTB program available. Other couches are not even close to this.

    Radek, the Czech Republic

    Reply • February 17 at 11:24 am
  19. Marco Elvira says:

    I recently finished the Kettlebell Training and never felt this way on my MTB ever. Thanks!!! I’ve never done DB program, but I know that if I win it I will do it and I will become even a better rider.

    Win or not, thanks for your Strength Training System!!!

    Reply • February 17 at 11:49 am
  20. Brett McPherson says:

    Hi James,
    I have been hanging out for you to release a new DB’s Program. As I have mentioned to you before, the last one was a great success for me. I purchased it to train hard for a 6 day All Mountain MTB trip in Costa Rica. I wanted a simple program that did not take up all of my time as my working day did not allow big hours in the gym and I found it to be very motivating. I had never been so inspired and focused working out before. My riding in Costa Rica went better than I had expected and my fitness was top form, even at 3500m altitude!
    I have just arrived back to my homeland of NZ and bought my own set of DB’s and KB’s (Cost me a fortune, but going to be a great investment Im sure) and am really looking forward to your next programs.

    I would LOVE a free copy of this! 🙂

    Brett McPherson

    Reply • February 17 at 12:31 pm
  21. John (aka Wish I Were Riding) says:

    To be honest here, I bought your DB2.0 workout. At the time I wasn’t really ready for it. I don’t even own DBs, so I don’t even think I bought the right product from you. For that I am disappointed, but only in myself. What I should have bought (and I’m not sure it existed at the time) was your KB program. I now own a couple KBs, that that’s probably more up my alley.

    Reply • February 17 at 1:17 pm
  22. andu says:

    following your blog for a while now has got me some of the best knowledge resources out there, which I am really grateful for

    Reply • February 17 at 1:48 pm
  23. John Clark says:

    Hi, James!

    First of all, thank you! The world of mountain biking is a better one thanks to your efforts! Your discussions on clipless vs flat pedals have helped me regain some of the confidence I used to have before I went clipless.

    I’m a novice mountain biker, but I enjoy the heck out of it! Two of my weaknesses in mountain biking are fear and lack of excellent physical conditioning. The best way to get past those weaknesses is practice.

    Going back to flat pedals is making a positive difference with the fear. Your advice there has made me believe that you really know what you’re talking about. I’ve been riding and doing P90X part-time to improve the conditioning. It is helping! However, your advice suggests doing workouts designed specifically for mountain bike riding. Since I believe you know what you are talking about, I want to try your workouts.

    If I get a free workout product by submitting this comment, great! If I don’t, I’m going to purchase one anyway!

    Thanks again for improving the world of mountain biking!

    -John Clark

    Reply • February 17 at 2:13 pm
  24. HundredDollar says:

    Compared to just going to the gym like a drone every day, there are three things the DB Combos program is NOT: it’s not complex, it’s not costly, and not time intensive.

    But, it is effective.

    I work out in my garage whenever I want, with inexpensive equipment. No monthly fee!

    I do exercises that I was already doing at the gym, only better, like deadlifts, overhead presses, etc. But now I do them unilaterally, which means I don’t have to invest in a barbell, but it’s also better for you. There is no way a bilateral barbell exercise will fix your asymmetric body (and everyone has one).

    But it’s such a simple routine, which means…it’s a lot of work! It will make that 1000 ft climb on the trail seem like child’s play.

    The only reason I could see anyone going to the gym instead of cancelling their membership and using James’ program is if you are lucky enough to live near a gym with really cute girls, but I’m already married to the hottest chick I know so I can’t help you there.

    Reply • February 17 at 2:26 pm
  25. james kaye says:

    for me your blog has bridged the gap between my local strength and conditioning gym (named “v2”) closing, and getting my own strenghth and conditioning gym (named “v3”) in my garden shed up and running!, everyone who ever sees my “grubby little shed” comments on the lack of equipment that is in there “just a 20kg kettlebell, a swiss ball, a jump rope, an ez bar, db’s and a chinning bar?” but i always tell them that less is more, and its how you use them that counts, a philosophy that i believe iv’e inherited from your site.

    this year is my big year as i’m 30 years young on 1st july, and to celebrate i am entered into and racing in the uk’s gravity enduro series and the ultimate mtb race, the megavalanche, i have no idea how im going to survive the mega’s arm pump inducing trail but im training like a nutter to race the best i can, im using chris carmicheals “time crunched cyclist” training plan on your recommendation, doing a weekly mma circuit after my friday shift at work, and am constantly on the lookout for any new ways to take my training up a notch.

    maybe your program could help me out.

    p.s flat pedals ftw!

    Reply • February 17 at 2:41 pm
  26. Dorena says:

    I have not tried the DB Combos Program but would like to because of the way it is design. I like that it doesn’t require a lot of equipment, does not take a lot of time, and it is gear towards mountain bike riders and the best of all it does not required going to the gym. Currently I’m unemployed so I can’t afford a gym membership but I do have adjustable dumbbells. I would like to win a copy of the pragram because I’m a beginner rider and soon will be racing in June and this program will help me become stronger on the bike and help me be more aware of my riding.

    Reply • February 17 at 3:18 pm
  27. Phil says:

    I thought it was kind of funny when I opened the email you sent about the contest today. I had just been thinking recently about how I started your program last year and what it had done for me. Being a 55 year old guy that still sees the world through 20 year old eyes it was really the ticket for me. I’ve been riding for about six years now and for the most part of that I rode more of what would probably be classed as XC trail type riding on a hardtail. My rides were not too long and I really could not take to much of the rough stuff. A lot of this was my bike and also my lack of bike handling skills but I was really out of shape and overweight. In 2010 I purchased a Stumpjumper FSR with the idea in mind that I wanted to ride farther and ride the more technical stuff. I figured riding more would get me into shape and I guess it did to some extent but this formula also caused me problems. I just thought it was mostly because I was getting old. That fall I crashed my bike and tore my rotator cuff pretty bad. I had it fixed the first of December. I stayed home and rode my trainer and went to therapy just waiting till I could get out and ride again. In the mean time I found your programs and decided to order the DB combos. After communicating with you about my injury you told me that your program would probably help rehab my shoulder and so with more specific advice from you I began the program. I started with very light weight and took my time. My shoulder was healing so fast that the therapy people were scratching their heads. In three months time my doctor released me and I was back on the bike riding gravel roads. By April I had already entered a race. As the year progressed I have been cleaning stuff on trails that I never thought I would be able to do. I participated in a race in November that is comprised of some of the toughest trails here in the mountains of NC. Because of another rider’s not so smart move to block the trail trying to put his chain back on in a steep downhill section I crashed at somewhere between 20 and 25 miles per hour. I jumped back up, grabbed my bike and sped on down the trail. I discovered a few bruises after the race was over but I knew that my physical condition had allowed me to weather that crash and come out ok. Without your program and all of your information on your website I don’t think that I would have gotten near as far as I have. I owe you much gratitude for extending this old guy’s youthful pursuits a few more years.


    Reply • February 17 at 3:20 pm
  28. Adam Gomez says:

    Hi James,
    Long time reader, first time writer, stoked on what you bring to the MTB world, especially to us riders and amateur racers who want to train like athletes.
    There are many things I like about DB Combos. I like it’s structure, what it’s done for my body, and what it’s done for my confidence. I also like how you tie together this training program with a larger training philosophy through your blog and videos.
    I am 11 weeks into DB Combos 2.0.
    The thing I like best about the program itself is it’s structure. It’s a full training session completely defined right down to the progressions. Combo drill times are adjusted to increase my effort. Weight progressions are outlined to help me know when I should be stronger. I would be lost without a clearly defined way to meter my progression.
    I also like what DB Combos has done for my body. Not only has DB Combos increased my strength considerably, it’s helped me to correct lifelong imbalances in my own body. Right to left I definitely have a weaker side. With each DB session I can feel that imbalance becoming less and less.
    Another thing that I like about DB Combos is the confidence it has given me. Every time I get on my bike, I can feel the strength DB Combos has given me. I can feel it not just in pure power but in mobility on my bike, in balance, and in technical trail skills.
    What’s helped me to realize that increase in trail skills is your blogs about training and training’s larger picture: understanding the movements behind all the exercises in the DB Combos program. Thanks to your reminders, I really do think about the movements I practice in DB Combos and how they apply when I’m on my bike.
    I am amazed by the results I am getting from DB Combos. I could not be happier or more confident on my bike right now. I can’t wait to put my training to the test at the first XC race of the season here in Oregon in two weeks.
    Thanks for all you do and all you’ve helped me accomplish.

    Reply • February 17 at 3:26 pm
  29. Dave Everson says:

    With a million workout choices, it’s not easy to figure out what you benefit the most from. I’ve been doing the MTB combo routines for a few years. Unlike a lot of today’s trendy routines that are good for overall fitness, the MTB program is ideal for a mountain biker. You need strength and balance. You need power and endurance. You need regular tips that get posted and learn movement patterns that give your power from the core and your hips. Power to the pedals from the hips. And when another racer plows into you, he goes down and you ride away, that the result of MTB fitness. Now I’m ready to mix it up and win some races in 2012. But I’ll begin by winning the new routine from James. Poeple – no excuses. Do the MTB workout and you will get stronger and faster and gain valuable knowledge in the process.

    Reply • February 17 at 3:32 pm
  30. Nick says:

    I have not tried your program, but just reading about it makes me want to ride harder. Following a program like this would help justify the copious amount of money I just spent on a new bike and make the most of such a great sport.

    Love your work,

    Reply • February 17 at 3:38 pm
  31. Marco T says:

    It’s time for me to get serious about training. I’m 55, in decent shape, and have been mountain biking for only 2 1/2 years. I ride 4-5 days a week for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours at a time. Some rides are fast flowy singletrack and for the most part I keep up with mostly younger and more experienced mates. However, when it comes to the rock gardens and technical climbs, I fall behind. Granted some of it is due to my tech skills not being where the other riders are, but it’s also a result of me just running out of gas. My wind and my legs just can’t keep the pace. I’m counting on your DB Combo routines to get me a little closer to keeping up with the groups of guys I most like riding with. I’m not interested in riding with the Sallys, but don’t want to be the anchor either.

    Reply • February 17 at 3:39 pm
  32. Theresa says:

    I’m ready to get fit for riding in your neighborhood this summer and fall! I’ve made the switch to flats and can hardly tell a difference thanks to the 5.10s. A gratis copy of your training program would make it all come together!

    Reply • February 17 at 4:12 pm
  33. Berti says:

    I’ve been playing ice hockey for the last few years and have not been riding MTB since I was 20.. End of last season (hockey) I looked at my MTB and thought, hey, why not riding an endurance race, just for a challenge. This was 3 weeks after knee surgery.. After that I finished a 6hr race and got totally hooked.
    I loved the ice hockey off season trainings I did, all using free weights, swiss ball, etc. reading your blog, I am definitely going to try your DB combo program which will also help me though another hockey season (here in Oz) as well as preparing me for some more enduro races this season! Thanks for all the interesting articles and great training tips..
    Ride and have FUN!

    Reply • February 17 at 4:32 pm
  34. Josh Payne says:

    I learned about the foam roller from your website and use it most frequently of all my fitness equipment so I have no doubt that if I were awarded a free copy of any workout routine that you published I will use it for all that it has to offer! thanks for guiding me in my quest to be fit.:]

    Reply • February 17 at 4:47 pm
  35. henderson says:

    A copy of the MTB Dumbell Combo program would be a great addition to the new single speed mountain bike that my wife and kids bought me for my birthday (an early present) and gave me today. I have been following your blog and listening to your podcast since I came across your site last year. I was looking at your site to see if there was a review of flat pedals so that I can make the right purchase for my new ride. As a rider that is new to biking (started with cyclocross last year) I am stoked to ride more. As an older rider, (well into the masters category) I need to get in shape to ride and to try and keep up with my kids. The DB Combo program will help me with these goals and to prevent a repeat of my last place finish at the cyclocross worlds masters championships this year. Thanks for the DB Combo


    Reply • February 17 at 4:58 pm
  36. Greg Carmichael says:

    I love the program. As a “normal” family guy, I’m balancing work and family time and still trying to train enough to be competitive as Cat 1 XC. The simplicity of the program and the fact that I can train at home – usually early in the morning before anyone else wakes up – allows me to build strength in a way that has not been possible previously. Now when I do get a chance to hit the trails on my bike – I rip and shred like never before. I love the earlier versions, and I’m looking forward to this latest release.

    Reply • February 17 at 5:06 pm
  37. Dave says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now, and I’d like to say that your insight has been extremely helpful in many ways already. I’ve improved my posture, breathing, hip mobility and strength, just to name a few. THANKS!! This has been beneficial not just from a biking standpoint, but just an overall quality of life improvement. I’m yet to actually complete one of your programs but feel that it would be able to help me take it to the next level in my quest for strength, speed, agility, etc. I’m 26 years old, and somehow only picked up this incredible sport about 8 months ago. I’m fully addicted and everytime I ride I feel my confidence level go up, and a lot of that is thanks to you and your guidance! I actually just signed up to be on a race team this coming season and think that getting a few weeks of this DB program in beforehand would give me the upper edge to slaughter the other “beginners” in my upcoming races!!! Thanks again for the work you do!

    Reply • February 17 at 5:20 pm
  38. Paul says:

    Been doing TCTR, 7 weeks completed tonight. Feeling stonger but headed to Hawaii for 10 days next week. Think I will need the DB Combos when I return.

    Reply • February 17 at 5:53 pm
  39. Cindy says:

    I purchased and have been using Jame ‘s Strength Training Systems program. I am a personal trainer and mountain bike instructor. So far I have been very impressed with all of his ideas. Can’t believe I didn’t think of these myself. Clearly he understands his stuff and has put a lot of work into it. I am very excited to see what he will be offering up next in his new D/B training program. I have a BIG race coming up this summer and so far I am feeling pretty positive with the results I’m getting. I really appreciate your knowledge and your passion for the sport. Thanks James!

    Reply • February 17 at 5:54 pm
  40. Jayson says:

    Thanks for all of your advice and help over the last few months. Im ready to start competing and happy to feel great while riding. I’m looking forward to purchasing the new db program. This program will allow me to stay a few steps ahead of the roadies in Florida.

    Reply • February 17 at 9:16 pm
  41. Douglas Bearhair says:

    I’m never going to be any younger. At age 57 I have been riding a MB for 3 years and continually think about what could have been if I started earlier and with expert instruction. Over the past 3 months I have found your site and peruse it for every breath of instruction and training I can take in. Your formal training program would take years off my inabilities and prolong my riding enjoyment for as long as I want. Those I will encounter would never tire of my testimonial about this program…

    Reply • February 17 at 10:11 pm
  42. Darius says:

    James, I could really use this and here is why. All I have are two 15 lb dbs, a jump rope and a homemade suspension trainer. I’m a family man who lives pay check to pay check and has no time or money for a gym, I use what I got. Since I can only ride at most twice a week I go into the barn and workout 3 or 4 times a week. I follow you blog and watch your vids and apply what I can with my limited equipment. Basically, I would use the hell of this program! Keep up the good work.
    Regards, Darius

    Reply • February 17 at 11:01 pm
  43. Tim says:

    I’ve been looking for a way to build my strength and endurance for mountain biking. I picked up a set of power blocks and a bench, but have no good direction to go. As it is it dinking around and not making any gains to speak of. I figure just working out is better than nothing, but having this program to guide my efforts would be a great way to get back into a sport I once loved as a kid.

    Reply • February 17 at 11:05 pm
  44. Amber says:

    My husband talks about you all of the time and I have listened to many of your podcasts and watched some of your videos. He talks about how you understand the physical demands and specialized training that mountain biking requires versus simply spinning and cardio. I ride a road bike, compete in triathlons and rarely ride my mountian bike, but maybe your videos would make me fel a little more comfortable on the trails with him and improve my overall finess as well. Plus he asked for your program for Christmas and I forgot. Bought him clothes instead. If I win the giveaway, I’m planning to tell him I didn’t get it for Christmas because I knew your 3rd version of the DB Combos was coming out soon and I knew it would be worth the wait.

    Reply • February 17 at 11:55 pm
  45. Darryl Cram says:

    Hi, I’ve been following your site for a while as well as your YouTube clips. I’m currently using a 10litre wine bladder instead of a kettle bell. I think it’s working. I keep having these OTB’s that interrupt my training. Keep up the top job.

    Reply • February 18 at 1:38 am
  46. Andy Rutherford says:

    Firstly let me say I’m fairly new to you and your website. However, I’m extremely impressed by your unique and comprehensive approach to off-bike training. Things like your mobility work, improving movement patterns and the use of ‘odd’ tools such as kettlebells and clubs makes you stand out as someone who considers ‘total’ rider fitness that is achievable for all. Having gathered many injuries and bad movement patterns over the years I need this stuff !

    I’m just getting into mountain biking a bit more seriously and the usual constraints of family and job prevent me riding as much as I can. When I do get out I dont want to be limited by my fitness so your programme of off-bike fitness that doesnt need a full gym appeals.


    Reply • February 18 at 1:43 am
  47. Mark OBrien says:

    Hello James,
    I only ever always thought about riding,RIDING, and more RIDING. It was all I thought about and all I did. That is until now in my early thirties, I realised that other things in life have to be considered when riding. Other things that require focussed attention and training. Strength is important in any riding. My passion is in downhill but I have also raced Bmx, Cross-Country and now JITENSHA (Japanese for bike only used for transportation) so after considering what I should say to you and to be truthful, I Have watched your blogs on Pinkbike and considered buying the DB program, even as a non competitive rider now I could benefit from your program as over time when thinking about RIDING, I have realised that not ony am I thinking about riding but I am also thinking about everything else that goes with it and that is LIFE. James you not only give strength and ability training but also energy and influence to us need to LIVE TO RIDE!

    Thank you and regards,
    Mark in Nagoya Japan

    Reply • February 18 at 4:20 am
  48. Rich says:

    Simplicity is a key for me. As is time. I would rather spend my time concentrating on an MTB specific workout than traveling to and from the gym and waiting in line as well as listening to meat heads who have good intentions that are giving me advice on how to “get big”.

    My profession demands that I work many hours, It leaves me very little time for strength training. And little time to hit the trails. So when I do strength train or ride I like to make the best of it. I have been following James blogs for some time and have introduced many riding friends to Bike James. Not only do I find the information on strength training VERY informative but I find James methods of systematically breaking down the explanations to very well thought out and presented intelligently. The analogy James used about those who would rather take a pill to mask the problem instead of looking into the real problem and working to solve the real problem hit home with me and makes a lot of sense!

    Reply • February 18 at 7:21 am
  49. josh golden says:

    Hey James. I think maybe it’s serendipitous that I decided to check my email after returning home from work this morning and got your message about the new program. I’ve been a mountain biker and a frequent lurker on your website for some time now. Working nights and having two young kids has made it challenging to stay fit for riding. I’ve been on the verge of ordering the DB combos program for months and despite my interest, I’ve yet to pull the trigger. I’ve been watching your video’s and have even tried some squats and turkish get-ups. I’ve raced a couple 50’s in the past but now mostly ride for pure enjoyment of the sport. The only thing that would make my mtb career more fulfilling at this point is being in better mtb specific shape. Truthfully, even if you don’t pick me I’ll probably buy the new program when it comes out anyway…but what better way to get started than a chance like this. Thanks for all the information and keep up the great work. Can’t wait to get started on the new DB combos program. Rock!

    Reply • February 18 at 7:49 am
  50. Matias Bustos Shmidt says:

    To the principle when begin to ride a bike, only paid attention to ride a bike… after start reading your tips, understand that part of physical training, is very important to be able to walk well on mtb, i started trainning with different coaches, but none understood was what I wanted to. Today, with the possibility of winning the newest DB combos program,I think that I will allow, train in the way professionals do…Hopefully have luck!

    Reply • February 18 at 8:17 am
  51. Mike says:

    Hi James,
    I read about your program in Lee McCormack’s Mastering Mountain Bike Skills book.
    I’ve been crashing a lot and I needed to do something different. Along with Lee’s skills, your work out program and your videos, I expect to ride safer and faster.
    Thanks for all your hard work and opportunity.

    Reply • February 18 at 9:05 am
  52. bikejames bikejames says:

    Wow, thanks so much for all the great comments! The contest is officially closed now and congratulations to the winner Kevin with comment #6 – my little girl picked you because she is 6 and likes the picture of your dog, very scientific method of choosing! Send you email address to support@bikejames.com and we;ll get you on the list to get sent the program when it is released next week.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated, it was awesome to read all of you comments and feedback about how I’ve been able to help you enjoy riding more.

    Reply • February 18 at 10:31 am
  53. Kristen says:

    I have followed your articles in decline for a yr. I’ve been troubled by a back injury, and really would like to try your program for this season at Tahoe!

    Reply • March 25 at 9:27 pm

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