This past month has been pretty busy with the opening of my new training facility in Fruita CO. I call it The Catalyst Training Center and I’m excited about this next evolution of MTB Strength Training Systems.

It’s the perfect spot to help more riders who not only live in this area but are visiting as well. With some of the best trails in the world just a short drive from it, Fruita has become one of the most popular riding destinations in the US.

The Catalyst Training Center will offer riders a unique chance to work on their skills and fitness in one location. With space to work on skills drills right outside the gym it is the perfect way to help riders move better off their bikes and then apply that better movement to their bike skills.

It’s also going to be the only place to learn about my new training system based on the different types of tension your body has to face on the trail. If you’ve been following my stuff over the last year or so you’re probably aware of how much I like isometric training because it trains our body in a way that movement based training can’t but there’s more to the story.

One of my biggest insights over the last few years is how the leverage based tension plays such a huge role on the trail but most of the training tools we use – including the kettlebell – don’t work on this specific type of tension. Focusing too much on the compression based tension you get from barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells leaves a gap in our functional strength and explains why “gym strength” doesn’t always translate to the trail.

I’m also offering free monthly skills clinics and weekly workouts, I just want to get riders in here so I can help them have more fun on their bikes. If you’d like to learn more about what the Catalyst Training Center has to offer visit www.catalysttrainingfruita.com or email me and I’ll send you more info.

But even if you can’t make it here to train with me in person you can still take advantage of the work I’m doing here by using the Workout of the Month. Based on the new training system I’m creating and using here, it’s a great way to improve your MTB specific strength and fitness.

You can download the workout by signing up below below. Just enter your email and you’ll get the link to download the PDF to your computer. Each exercise has a link to a video demo so you have everything you need to get going.


Remember to start and end your workout with some sort of mobility routine. It’s important to be moving well before you start training, otherwise you’re just laying fitness on top of dysfunction. You can check out this blog post for a follow-along demo of a good routine to use if you need one.

BTW, you’ll see I incorporate some unique training tools and methods like Ramping Isometrics and the Steel Mace into these workouts. I do provide some alternatives if you don’t have some of the training tools I do but it’s a good way to see how to use these things in a workout.

Moving how we train for our sport forward has been the mission of MTB Strength Training Systems since I started back in 2005 and the Catalyst Training Center marks another step on that journey. Sharing what I’m doing here through the Workout of the Month is something that I hope will help you on your journey as well.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson
MTB Strength Training Systems

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