Win a FREE copy of my new Time Crunched Trail Rider Program plus over $400 in other prizes!

Let me ask you a quick question – are you being as consistent with your training as you would like to be? If you are like most riders the answer to that question is no. Unfortunately, even with the best of intentions it can be hard to overcome the two biggest hurdles facing riders wanting to improve their fitness and skill levels – time and motivation.

Even though I have the best mountain bike specific training programs I realized that I didn’t have something that addressed those specific problems. No matter how great the workout program is, if you can’t find time to implement everything or the motivation to stick with it then its worthless. This led me to create a new way to deliver a training program to you that utilizes the lessons I learned working with clients in my facility who suffered from the same problems.

This new workout is an evolution of my Time Crunched Trail Rider concept, which is to deliver a workout program solution for the rider who simply is too short on time to even go through a program manual, much less put everything in it together. What I learned from working with clients is that by “dripping” the elements of the larger program to them each week they could learn it and use it much more effectively. These small victories added up over time to create momentum and motivation, which helped them actually stick with the program.

The new Time Crunched Trail Rider Program will use follow-along workouts, nutrition tips, skills drills and mental prep tactics to turn you into a dramatically improved rider while doing it in an easy to follow and use format. Instead of being overwhelmed with a lot of info at once you’ll be walked through the process one step at a time, making it easy to avoid the time and motivation pitfall.

This new program is scheduled to be released on February 11th and I’ll be releasing more details and kicking off a pre-sale on it next week…

In the meantime I want to give you a chance to win a FREE copy of the new program by entering a comment contest. To enter the contest just post a comment on this blog post sharing how a program like this could help your training and/ or why you think this program could help you with your goals as a rider.

On Monday the 4th I’ll be randomly picking 3 entries to win a free copy of the new Time Crunched Trail Rider Program, plus…

I’ll also be picking 1 Grand Prize winner who will get a copy of every program I have plus a 1 year membership to my Personal Coaching Website. This package is worth over $400 and all you have to do to enter for a chance to win it is leave a comment sharing how you think a program like this would help your training and/ or why you think this program could help you with your goals as a rider.

I’ll be posting the winners on Monday and also announcing how you can get a discount on the new Time Crunched Trail Rider Program plus score some sweet bonuses as well. Good luck, time for me to get back to work so I can have this new program ready for the 11th

-James Wilson-

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  1. Scott Orman says:

    On the road or off, I always want to be stronger and more efficient in my riding. It seems like I get through the rides and as always, have a blast. However, a program such as this would sure help with being pressed for time and wanting to increase strength off the bike.

    Reply • February 1 at 5:00 am
  2. Ingo Osterloh says:

    I went through the previous training already and noticed how much it helped me, but unfortunately I did not have the time to train, apply the entire workout. I think this training can help me be better and above all safer to ride, because I as a tax consultant had little time to train and ride. I also have a working path of 3 hours daily and must drive 2 hours to the next mountain.
    Still, I try as often as possible to sit on the bike and enjoy the freedom and nature.
    Here the training could help me to focus myself more on the trail and to be safer on the trail and to be better protected against injury.
    Also, I can prepare better for the competitions during the year and reap better results here.

    Reply • February 1 at 5:35 am
  3. David K says:

    While I really like your programs and have seen good results with them, I have never completed one. Something always comes up which causes me to stop. I think the program you have described would help dramatically with getting started and sticking with the program.

    Reply • February 1 at 5:36 am
  4. Alejandro Flores says:

    I have been looking for something like that, so simple that even someone with poor English knowledge can follow. I have bought some of the programs, but as you said the lack of motivation and time, makes them hard to follow

    Reply • February 1 at 5:56 am
  5. Albert FB says:

    I’ve really been enjoy your post over the last month, but have failed to put any of it into regular practice. Having something that slowly builds up is an excellent idea, this way, I’m more likely to get into a routine and stick to it.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:15 am
  6. Dave says:

    As a tennis instructor, I appreciate the clarity of instruction that you give us, whether it is in your written comments or your videos.

    Thank you.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:21 am
  7. Philip Madeley says:

    I started mountain biking when my sister gave me a bike that she was not using about a year ago, I be brought it on a plane from England, dragged it through subways and elevators, having no idea this was a life changer. Fell in love immediately and the competive spirit in me has awakened and my life forever changed. I feel very lucky to have discovered bikejames.com when looking to get clipless pedals and shoes. Everything I implement from the blog posts, the programs from the mindset, standing pedaling, mobility, strength training, body position, breathing has a massive impact on my riding and overall life confidence. I work just like everyone else 8-9 hours a day and squeeze my training in around my work and family life. To have a more efficient training plan would be phenomenal. I have the body weight training program and love it. It has been on my goals list to get all the other programs, but it has no been in my budget so to win the programs would be a great blessing. Thank you for all the inspiration and dedication to this beautiful sport. Have the Best Day Ever!

    Reply • February 1 at 7:26 am
  8. Pete says:

    After having a baby last summer, my time to train has been decrease, a lot! I think the program you described would greatly help me get back into competitive shape without pulling time away from my family.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:26 am
  9. Philip Madeley says:

    PS Some of my goals are to:
    – Increase strength, power, and mobility
    – Progress from Cat 2 to Cat 1 by the end of this year
    – Compete in the XC MTB Nationals
    – Significantly improve my explosive power for sprints and climbs
    – Stand more while riding
    – Focus on my cornering skills and excel
    – Learn to jump
    – Have excellent posture and positioning in all situations

    Reply • February 1 at 7:35 am
  10. Travis says:

    I struggle with finding the time to ride much less train. However I still want to race and be competitive, a program like this could help.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:36 am
  11. Jon Laterveer says:

    I absolutely love MTBing! If I look behind all the reasons I love MTBing the main reason is because it brings me true enjoyment and takes me to beautiful places on the trail. MTBing brings peace and clarity to a busy mind and that is simply healthy. I have been using Jame’s training tips and program material for about 15 months and I truly believe if I use them consistently it will increase more enjoyment on the trail. I have 4 children (15, 5, 2, and baby), I work shift work and my wife works shift work but opposite shifts than me. We have a rich and beautiful life, it’s busy for sure. I have not been able to complete or follow a program, despite much helpful coaching tips from James. I struggle with time, energy and a mindset that makes it difficult to take one step at a time. James told me ” I put the cart before the horse”, this is very true. I find I am impatient with my fitness and expect to much from my abilities. I would be far better off taking things slow and steady.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:40 am
  12. Kurt Bjorkman says:

    I remember back in 1986 easily scaling the fire roads up in Flagstaff Arizona – now in my mid 40’s with two little boys of my own (two future MTB stars by the way) and a full time career I find myself trying but not fully succeeding at getting in the training I need to stay sharp on the trails. Here in Laguna Beach I am in good company with some legends like Lopes and Rey – I only dream of keeping up! I ride into work thru the canyons when I can and hit the gym and trails as much as I can. In May I will be riding the Catalina Island Gran Fondo for the second time. 50+ mile ride, this year I will beat last years time by 1 hour! Your mad training will help this old guy get there!

    Reply • February 1 at 7:43 am
  13. Matt L says:

    Love your site. I use the kettle bell program and it has made my core and back so much stronger and I haven’t even got into Phase 2 yet. Having a full time job and a 9 month old son really cuts into training/riding. So I’m all for anything that can help keep me committed…haha. I also want to thank you for the skills tips, I find working on them for a few minutes in the driveway a couple of times a week has helped me enjoy the trails even more, I might not have the endurance I had before but I ride much faster and stronger even if its for a shorter amount of time.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:45 am
  14. Greg says:

    I don’t always workout but when I do, I choose MTB Strength Training Systems.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:46 am
  15. Bob Danyla says:

    I just started riding 3 months ago and have become addicted……. utilizing this program would help me achieve my goals of becoming a better rider and getting back into shape.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:52 am
  16. Mike B says:

    Between working and raising kids, time is tight. I need a program that gives me the maximum benefit in the time that I have. And honestly, it would be a good mental break to have a program that is spoon fed in easy to digest bite sized pieces.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:53 am
  17. Thomas J says:

    Until now, I never managed to follow a planned training schedule because usually they ones I studied were either to complicatied, to time consuming or included to little fun (e.g. I will never right for hours slightly above my restin HR). I’m really looking forward to your new programm to eliminate all this problems!

    Reply • February 1 at 7:54 am
  18. Tara says:

    I can’t get enough of being on my bike. It’s the only sport I have found that makes every stress in the world disappear. The feeling you get when you finally clear an obstacle you’ve been struggling with is just amazing! There is a large number of trail systems where I live, some with very big climbs, big drops and very technical sections (which I love). I ride with flat pedals. It’s not easy at times, but I love the challenge. I work 40-50 hours a week, drive an hour each way to work and have 2 active dogs. Time is very limited for me on a daily basis. I need a program that will help me become a stronger/better conditioned rider that doesn’t take up loads of time. My goal is to be able to ride all parts of these trail systems with better control and less exhaustion (and at the same time, keep up with my friends that ride clipless-haha). This sounds like a great program for me.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:55 am
  19. Bennett Krenik says:

    I moved to Austin, TX recently from Minneapolis, MN. I should be out riding more than ever right? Well, I also moved away from my riding buddies and the new job and new house are severely cutting into my mtb time.

    I downloaded one of your training programs and printed it out in MN. But I haven’t gotten it out since. If you’ve got something that can “drip” in your training methods into my limited workout and mtb time, I am very interested.

    Even not really doing your workout, I very much enjoy the e-mails you send. Interesting articles and videos and it reminds me to get out there and do something!

    Bennett o~’o

    Reply • February 1 at 7:55 am
  20. Jen Clark says:

    I have used both your DBcombo and Ultimate MtB workouts in the past, and your programs helped me move up to cat 2 from cat 3 racing xc here in Wisconsin. Last year, I medaled in the last race of the year, but this year I hope to place in the overalls, rather than just age group. I love riding my bike! Right now I am in school and working and am having a hard time finding the time to train, and I think this would be a great program for me right now. Thanks for all the great programs and free advice, and especially the help on your forums site, worth every penny for the information you have there and your personal help. Thanks again!

    Reply • February 1 at 7:57 am
  21. Despite, and because of, running an extremely successful downhill mountain biking tour company in the Bolivian Andes mountains for the last 15 years, I have never quite been able to squeeze in enough time to focus specifically on my own riding and racing strength and skills. This program if successful could be the ticket to taking my riding and racing to the next level, so I can put the hurt on the youngsters I race DH, Enduro and Avalanche races with out here. PS. I need to win this package quick! The next big race is on the 1st and 2nd of June in Ollyantantambo, Peru near Cusco. http://incaavalanche.com/

    Reply • February 1 at 8:01 am
  22. Anne says:

    Since starting a new job 6 months ago, it’s hard to get my schedule where I’m working out as much as I’d like. Having to commute once a week for an hour and a half each way also affects my training time.

    Reply • February 1 at 8:11 am
  23. Deryn says:

    Goals for 2013. Improve bike fitness. Improve bike technique. Sign up for race.
    I can’t find that biking buddy to get in there and help motivate me (and me them). So far.
    I need help! This sounds perfect.

    Reply • February 1 at 8:14 am
  24. mark says:

    I can never quite keep up with my younger brother, I’m not far behind but always behind, but can find much time for training with work, family ect, so i need something small and not time consuming that might give me an edge, this package sound idea, all i need is a bit more speed, a bit more stamina to overtake him, and win for once!

    Reply • February 1 at 8:29 am
  25. Jim Marks says:

    Mountain biking is my passion, but because of work/family schedules, I can only devote “x” amount of time towards it on a weekly basis. The Time Crunched Trail Rider program is exactly what someone in my position needs to fit in the strength, nutrition, skills and most importantly, motivation to improve myself as a rider. While I mostly only compete against myself, I do participate in a couple races and my goals are always to improve from previous attempts. This program will make improvements come quicker and be more tangible. Thanks for offering this to us.

    Reply • February 1 at 8:37 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Congrats Jim, you are one of the winners of a free Time Crunched Trail Rider Solution. Just send an email to support@bikejames.com and we’ll get you set up.

      Reply • February 3 at 10:21 pm
  26. Italianhead says:

    A Time Crunched program for a guy like me who is super focused and committed, nay… but wait, yes I can use it in-between training days to complement my schedule and enjoy myself.

    Reply • February 1 at 8:40 am
  27. mike says:

    i started mtb when I was 22. first riding 4x then xc, next enduro, now I want to ride it all 🙂 just for fun afcorse (fun class category) 🙂 im also working in a bike club. so i want to show them another side of mtb, the fun side 🙂

    Reply • February 1 at 8:45 am
  28. Aaron Mielke says:

    I get your emails, I read your blog, I am an Inner Circle member, and I have a few of your programs.

    I started using the Program and had a difficult time staying with it, and it was a pain organizing all the info.

    Your new, simplified program sounds like it is exactly what I’d be after.

    Oh, and I stuck up for you and your latest article on pinkbike.com. 😉

    You’re doing great things, James. I just need to put my nose to the grindstone and apply myself.

    Reply • February 1 at 8:46 am
  29. Pat Cuomo says:

    I have recently suffered a serious finger injury which put me off my feet for 5 weeks. I am looking to get back on the trails but my energy level is shot! I’ve enjoyed your video tutorials and would love to take a shot at some of your programs.

    Reply • February 1 at 8:55 am
  30. Ilka McSween says:

    In the summer time, I usually don’t have as much time as I have during the winter to train because whenever I have some free time, I want to get on my bike as much as possible. This new program would help me fit the training session within the busy summer riding schedule.

    Reply • February 1 at 9:13 am
  31. Vicky says:

    I got seriously in Mountain biking last year, I found a club and got very interested in training and nutrition and was having the best time of my life. Then I started to get some quite severe back pain and knee pain and found out that I have arthritis. I am desperate to get back into shape and start training, but everyone in my club is legions in front of me health wise. I am overweight and tired and could do with all the help in the world to get back on my bike and hit the trails. I could really do with some help to get there.

    Reply • February 1 at 9:16 am
  32. Goran Županić says:

    I work at the hospital from 7 am to 3 pm and I was often there 24 hours and when I come home I’m often without the will for training although when I make myself, I feel that’s not it, I can not concentrate on the exercises that I do and I often feel soreness in the body.
    I got married on 01/09/2012. and of course I have to spend some time with my wife which is usually after 3 pm when we got back from work, we eat and get some rest, and after that it was hard to find the motivation and desire to train
    With all of this I have a problem with food: I eat everything that comes in hand and can not seem to get used to the fact that I have 5 meals a day
    I believe if all three problems at least mitigate some would have better results

    Reply • February 1 at 9:23 am
  33. Gordan Pazic says:

    I work at design firm and, well, don’t have actual work time. Most of the time we are on deadline and with that there is simply no time to work out and definitely no time to study how to work out. So any kind of direct instruction and time crunched drill which helps biking is beauty for me. I like very much your 15 min workouts. Though, I have to admit, as soon as weather gets better I instantly forget about strength training and any free time I have I spend on hills riding. But, that ought to change.

    Reply • February 1 at 9:33 am
  34. Caleb Paull says:

    This program can help in alot of ways but to name a few, it can help me/others be disciplined since its a program and we can stick with it, your programs help for stamina, strength, lolsing weight etc.
    id love to try this new one out. and for ways i think this can help me as a rider, well im just a teenager, huge into the sport of MTBing, so i have a lot of room for improvement, a program like this would be very helpful for me since i dont have a coach/guide/trainer or anything, i need to build muscle also, im too thin. thanks James your Awesome!!!!

    Reply • February 1 at 9:38 am
  35. Caleb Paull says:

    This program can help in a lot of ways but to name a few, it can help me/others be disciplined since its a program and we can stick with it, your programs help for stamina, strength, losing weight etc.
    id love to try this new one out. and for ways i think this can help me as a rider, well i’m just a teenager, huge into the sport of MTBing, so i have a lot of room for improvement, a program like this would be very helpful for me since i don’t have a coach/guide/trainer or anything, i need to build muscle also, i’m too thin. thanks James your Awesome!!!!

    Reply • February 1 at 9:41 am
  36. Eric says:

    I pulled up the free century ride training plan from TrainingPeaks (Ok, not MTB, but one of my goals this season, and I want a Leadville belt buckle someday) and it started at a volume of 15 hours a week. I looked at my training log and I was averaging…. three hours a week. Yeah, that’s going to happen. Weekend rides outside have bumped that up… but my job takes me out of town a lot and it’s hard to maintain any sort of schedule. I turn four-oh in a month, and I promised myself I would be in the best shape of my life. Help!

    Reply • February 1 at 9:46 am
  37. Mayo says:

    I learned a few seasons ago that I ride well if I can mix strength training, skills riding and on the bike training, but time is always a factor. Having a program that I can follow without having to think about what to do when would be a huge help. Can’t wait to see the new program!

    Reply • February 1 at 9:50 am
  38. Al says:

    James- I’ve purchased your programs in the past, but have struggled to make them work for exactly the reasons you outline here in the new program. Like some others here, I’m a dad to two young kids, a business owner, and passionate cyclist, but have little time to train. I’m doing two bigger events this year (Gunnison Half Growler and Breck 32), but I am periodically plagued with lower back pain and nothing I seem to do helps.

    Reply • February 1 at 9:56 am
  39. Kim says:

    This is excellent. Now I can’t blame lack of time anymore for not doing the things needed to be done. I find at least in my case considering practising, the key queston is not when, but what and how. Too often I find myself doing same old things and maybe even too much. Programming and optimizing is everything.
    The most difficult thing in training program is that it has to be simple enough to help getting started, motivating and not too overwhelming to be continued and still specific enough to not only to get the things done, but to optimize the atheletes resources. And all this for athletes in different level and with different goals. I hope you nailed this one.

    Reply • February 1 at 10:56 am
  40. Mike says:

    I’ve been biking for years but started racing cyclocross last year and just recently did my first 6 hour mountain bike race. Wow, it gave me a clear idea what my weaknesses are. Although I switched from a rigid singlespeed to a full suspension rig, my lower back and glutes were sore and my handling was suffering by the end of the race. My handling skills are mediocre and definitely need to do some drills for cornering, braking, looking ahead, you name it. I cramp pretty easily so recently I’ve been working on belly breathing to hopefully get more oxygen. About the only thing I’m okay with is my cardio which is pretty good for a dad of a 5 and 2 year old that can only exercise 3 hours a week. This puts me is as mid pack fodder but I still love racing. My focus this year is to work on my weaknesses so they are belly breathing, strength exercises (kettle bells and bodyweight) and drills. The way I see it, I have a Honda engine in a Pinto chassis so I’m not changing my aerobic workouts too much until I get the other parts up to speed. Being a time crunched dad, I’m looking for new ideas to get me stronger and be more focused in my workouts that have a direct impact to mountain biking.

    Reply • February 1 at 11:49 am
  41. Evan Waldman says:

    Time crunch is an under statement, 5am wake up is the only way to squeeze in a workout.

    Reply • February 1 at 11:52 am
  42. Courtney says:

    I’m great at following checklists, but bad at making them. I’d love to have simple guidelines to follow every day.

    Reply • February 1 at 11:56 am
  43. Jure Cindro says:

    I worked out pretty regularly in the first part of last year but then I suffered a torn extender tendon in the summer and the rehab process has been slow. I can now work out and bike again (finally), but its really hard to start working out (starting biking is simple :D) again because of a job and college at the same time, but i’m sure when i get the train rolling again there wont be stopping it again.

    Reply • February 1 at 12:05 pm
  44. James says:

    Time crunched is an understatement for my weekly routine. My day starts at 4:30, commute 170 miles a day,800 miles a week (thats 13 hours a week behind the wheel, get home @ 6:00 PM, some family time, and to bed by 10:00. Topping that, I have started Lee McCormack’s 12 week “Pump Up the Base” 3X per week (thanks for the referral on your pod cast). I have used several of your recommended exercises to increase my mobility (I’m getting stiff @ age 54)and the kettlebell routines to increase strength. I also put the flat pedals on the trainner. It is all working great. But now I need a program to better pull it all together. I trust your guidance and am ready for more.

    Reply • February 1 at 12:20 pm
  45. Ian says:

    I don’t have enough time to ride. I commonly travel for work. Then, hopefully, I find time for running and TRXing because I can’t usually travel with the bike. I really need to maximize time not on the bike, which is a big reason I’ve been drawn to your workouts. Looking foirward to the next iteration.

    Reply • February 1 at 12:26 pm
  46. Aaron says:

    I am currently using the DB program which fits in real nice for the off season when I have plenty of time to go to the gym and hit it hard for a bit every night. But once Spring and Summer hit I am on my bike every morning before work and pretty much all weekend. Having an effective and time saving program will be extremely helpful to fill the time between getting off work and good amounts of BBQing and Beer. After all, it is only worth it if I get to have some fun with a bit of Brown POW on the side!

    Reply • February 1 at 12:50 pm
  47. KevStorr says:

    This program sounds excellent, an all round package.
    It has to be said that is what I need. While I go out and ride I wouldn’t call it training as it lacks focus and specific aims. A try to fuel well but again it’s all too easy to get lost.

    The program sounds like it will get me motivated, give me focus and targets.

    Reply • February 1 at 1:18 pm
  48. Vicente Romano says:

    I,m from Caracas Venezuela, I´m running my own company, my days starts at 5 am, sometimes riding then swimming, but most of the time I´m working with TRX and kettlebell trying to increase strength, sometimes I don’t have time, but motivation inspire me, and with your help and programs I`m sure I will improve my riding. Once again Thank you, James, your work is definitely Awesome!, and also thanks to Kyle who is always taking care to my questions.

    Reply • February 1 at 1:19 pm
  49. Matt says:

    I purchased the Ultimate MTB Workout several years back but I was never consistent with the workouts. Last year I picked up a kettlebell workout DVD and I’ve found that following along is what I really needed to stay consistent and push myself. I’ve had great results but the program isn’t targeted towards riding. Your trail Rider program looks like it pulls together everything I’m looking for.

    Reply • February 1 at 1:48 pm
  50. Yves says:

    Another great idea. As many i also struggle with really wanting to get fit and train but then falling into the pit of busy schedules. And letting myself and my training down. This sounds like a program written for me

    Reply • February 1 at 1:52 pm
  51. Ray says:

    I’ve just ordered my first full susser after over 15 years of riding hard tails I’m convinced now that I’m going to be the limiting factor in how fast and fun my rides are even more than before so i need a training plan that I will stick to so I can try to address the balance and make the most of my new toy

    Reply • February 1 at 3:46 pm
  52. shawn says:

    love the MTB kettle bell system. this will be the next step.
    I consider myself a pretty fit person having completed many different fitness programs but a focused MTB program has shown me that a sport specific program can make a huge difference in how well I ride and also how much I enjoy it.
    looking forward to seeing what you have in store.

    Reply • February 1 at 3:48 pm
  53. Dorena says:

    I think the program would be good for me because it has a training plan, mental tips and nutrition tips. I need to work on mental and nutrition the most but also find a workout plan that I can stick too. I’m always trying different exercises but don’t stick to one program.

    Reply • February 1 at 4:07 pm
  54. Lee says:

    I’m currently 6 weeks in to your DB Combo program. It’s awesome. The new one sounds like it might be a good follow on program to take me through the Spring and into race season.

    Reply • February 1 at 5:02 pm
  55. Ed says:

    I have just returned to mountain biking after a long (20yrs.) lay off. Things sure have changed. I am a photographer and on the road quite a bit. Having a program that I can use while shooting would be great.

    Great website.


    Reply • February 1 at 5:12 pm
  56. Sarwat says:

    Pretty much like everybody else, I want to be a stronger, more capable mountain biker. I finally took a betterride.net clinic last year and earned some skills, I’ve been lifting weights to get stronger and signed up for your Ultimate MTB program and am finishing my 4th week of the program (20 more weeks to go!). This new program would help me because I still haven’t read all the massive amount of information you gave us in Ultimate MTB. I definitely will be more diligent if I get the information on a weekly basis and absorb information slowly and in increments. It’s less overwhelming that way and helps me learn quicker. Plus I’d share all my progress with you and serve as a great guinea pig because I love tracking data!

    Reply • February 1 at 5:29 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Congrats Sarwat, you are one of the winners of a free Time Crunched Trail Rider Solution. Just send an email to support@bikejames.com and we’ll get you set up.

      Reply • February 3 at 10:23 pm
  57. RennyG says:

    I would love the opportunity to have your guidance through a program that would help me to improve my riding. I really appreciate where you are coming from with your daily emails that address focusing your workouts on quality over quantity. I recently suffered a medical setback and am starting from scratch with just walking up the stairs without gasping for breath. I was able to focus on staying tall in my body and paying attention to walking up those steps as best I could. That experience was an eye opener and I want to continue with that focus as I prepare for this season’s races. I am 54 years old, but every year I try to challenge myself with new goals. Last year I returned to racing and was beat up by a tough course with LOTS of rock gardens that had my upper body shaking with exhaustion. I want to beat that course up this year!!

    Reply • February 1 at 5:46 pm
  58. ed says:

    I have limited to ride and even less time to train and be organized and efficient. A simplified program would be great.

    Reply • February 1 at 6:36 pm
  59. James C says:

    Love the work-outs. Started with the basic 3 months 10 mo ago; and now use the hard, medium, easy monthly work outs and look forward to a new change each month. I love to cycle and this is the perfect supplement. The time spent is reasonable and the quality is excellent. Thanks James!

    Reply • February 1 at 7:24 pm
  60. Geoffrey says:

    New job. More business travel. Small children. Trying to make time to write this comment. Sorry, gotta go.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:51 pm
  61. Mike T. says:

    I’m getting old.

    My ability to do the long version of anything has seen better days. I can still do quite a bit, but some days the old saying definitely applies — “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

    I’ve often thought about only doing half of the exercises in your Follow Along Workout program on those days when I’m feeling my age, but I’m just not ready to throw in the towel and admit defeat. Not yet.

    Mentally I still need to make it all the way through a workout, and The Time Crunched Program sounds like the perfect guilt free solution for me.

    Reply • February 1 at 7:54 pm
  62. Let me summit up this way. Even though I follow your blog religiously, having a toddler, a new house and crazy hours, and still trying to ride two days a week, there is only so much time I have to work out. And yes, I do suffer from information overload. So a simple, time effective program would be just what the doctor ordered. What happened to the days I could just kill an hour reading MTBR?

    Reply • February 1 at 8:23 pm
  63. maureen says:

    The time for me is now. I am a 40 year old women. Got a new 29er hard tail last year for Christmas. Rode two races last season. Got 11 out of 26 in 30 mile race and 17 out of 56 women in 25 mile race. I caught the racing bug! I am in great shape heading into this season. We recently relocated to Oregon where the riding is phenomenal! Also work out daily using body weight, weights and kettleballs. I am totally psyched for this summer, my husband has agreed to watch the kids while I complete a 9 race mountain bike series here in Oregon. My time is now! I have the time and the motivation to take it to the next level. I am so grateful for this opportunity and for my body. We had an amazing ride today up to a gorgeous waterfall. Worked hard on my turns using your straight arm technique. Felt great and worked well. The “boys” were impressed with my speed. Whether I win or not, I will continue to read your blog and enjoy your tips. Keep riding and if you make it out to the west side of Oregon, I would love to show you some great trails!

    Reply • February 1 at 8:43 pm
  64. Brian J says:

    I’m seeing some pretty great people who follow this blog all with legit reasons to win this. Mine is no more special than the next guy’s but it’s worth a shot. After taking 10 years off from biking and missing it I jumped back in, 1 year later at the peak of my fitness and start of the racing season I blew my appendix, then 2 weeks later disc bulge and totally immobilized for months. Finally after 6 months in december I started back training with mtb kettlebell course which I’m loving. Just trying to get back to, and beyond where I was just under a year ago. Thanks for all the awesomeness! cheers!

    Reply • February 1 at 8:52 pm
  65. Morgan says:

    Like many others here, I am a time starved father of 2 young kids with a full time job and numerous other commitments: youth soccer coach, Sunday school leader, etc. A buddy of mine just introduced me to mtb last year after some years of background in triathlon and road cycling. As James says and I would agree, mtb requires a lot different type of fitness and skills. Have just started the body weight program to augment or replace my gym routines and it seems like a great program. I am sure the new program would help continue to sharpen my focus on and off the bike!

    Reply • February 1 at 9:04 pm
  66. Mick Williams says:

    James, as you very well know fitness is a lifestyle that takes commitment. I turn 60 this year and even though my job keeps me there 55+ hours each week I get a charge out of being able to hang with riders much younger, but it doesn’t just happen without being deliberate or intentional. It takes desire, discipline and a plan. Having dabbled with a couple of your programs already I have no doubts in your ability to deliver a plan for a stellar year. I’m still recuperating from a mtn bike crash that left me with a titanium plate attached to my humorous with 8 screws.I’ve been thinking about something to accomplish that will really make this a landmark year so I could really put that grand prize to good use.

    Reply • February 1 at 9:06 pm
  67. Dave Callaway says:

    Ok, so here goes… I am a father of 4, ages 13-3. I don’t want to win races, or crush people out on the trail. You see I love mountain biking. I think about it , read about it, dream about it.. in fact I’m probably addicted to everything mt bike related. About 6 years ago I was diagnosed with MS. Mountain biking has always been my sanctuary, my place to escape from work, stress.. My world changed. But more than ever mountain biking has become what keeps me sane. It is what keeps me trying to move forward even while my body keeps trying to tell me I can’t. It’s the milestone by which I measure how my year has been.. How have my relapses affected my ability to stand and pedal, how have my relapses affected the feeling in my feet, my legs, my hands, and my arms.. So while for some, getting their hands on your programs will be about racing and crushing the trails. For me, it would be about holding on, getting stronger, it would be about keeping up with my trail shredding 13 year old. I t would be about fighting off the fatigue and the numbness that all too often plagues me. It would help me with ROM in my hips, and give me tools to strengthen my left leg so that I don’t have to stop every minute while riding downhill. It’s not about crushing others, or racing, it’s about the bike, the fam, and just saying no one more time to my body.

    Reply • February 1 at 11:27 pm
  68. Sven says:

    Like your programs. A more focused program would be great.

    Reply • February 2 at 1:50 am
  69. Chris says:

    Kid number 1 is 2 years old and the new kid number 2 is 3 months old. I can’t really tell day from night, up from down, left from right, or right from wrong. Your program has worked for me before James and right now I need all the help I can get!

    Reply • February 2 at 3:21 am
  70. Don MacNaughton says:

    Due to work place I have put on a ton of weight. We all have our excuses, but I work an average of 55 hours a week. I have your used a couple of your programs and love them, but time is a huge factor. Currently, I am training for a race at the end of March. Getting this new program along with the snow bike rides I have been getting in could be just the ticket to make that race, and the upcoming race season so much more fun. Watch out Clydesdales watch out, I am just one free prize from passing you on the right!

    Reply • February 2 at 3:58 am
  71. Abes says:


    Have you bugged my house? You must’ve heard me lamenting that while I bought the No Gym and the DB Combos workouts with the intention that I could do them where-ever and when-ever I get time, I still can’t find time to put together a full session. The reasons why are a 3 week old son who won’t sleep or feed well, a 4 year old daughter who loves to share everything with Daddy and a house that is still being renovated.

    You must’ve also seen me studying your guides and videos so I can do all the exercises with proper form while ‘busting my butt’. The drip feed approach would definitely have got me going sooner rather than had me studying to ensure I did them all correctly.

    Hopefully you’ve been impressed by me still busting out some exercises when time permits, like smashing out some push ups before a shower or doing some TGUs with a shoe while the missus is asleep and I’m on the baby late shift. Please don’t tell her, though, that I use my son to add some load to my stagger stance squats! I can say with certainty that doing squats, bridges, TGUs and push ups help with carrying him for over an hour when he can’t sleep or picking up the dummy he just spat out – for the tenth time.

    This new workout series would be awesome to get me through this current life phase and in a better state ready for my season in September. I already feel better for what I’ve done and can’t wait to get back on the bike and feel the difference. I’ll even put advertising on my bum so my mates can see it when they’re following me up-hill and I’m smashing it out of the saddle.

    I’m into strength training for the rest of my life to make my riding and body better – I just need this series for the short term.


    Reply • February 2 at 6:32 am
  72. Clay Watson says:

    You are going to give us a better way to manage our workout. awesome!

    Reply • February 2 at 7:21 am
  73. Michael says:

    This is exactly what I’m looking for, something to get my training focused. I purchased your program a few months back and have yet to really implement it for a couple of reasons. I work IT and that keeps me really busy, and I just found out I have 2 ruptured disks in my neck. I still go to the gym 5-6 days a week, try to eat right and take the proper supplements, but I’m not seeing any progress. Being almost 47, diagnosed with Hashitmoto’s disease (Thyroid) I’m sure has something to do with it, but I refuse to let these ailments from continuing to try and reach my goals.

    Reply • February 2 at 10:04 am
  74. Andy p says:

    Because I am a winner in a losers body

    Reply • February 2 at 11:46 am
  75. Mike T says:

    I’m getting old.

    My ability to do the long version of anything has seen better days. I can still do quite a bit, but some days the old saying definitely applies — “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

    I’ve often thought about only doing half of the exercises in your Follow Along Workout program on those days when I’m feeling my age, but I’m just not ready to throw in the towel and admit defeat. Not yet.

    Mentally I still need to make it all the way through a workout, and The Time Crunched Program sounds like the perfect guilt free solution for me.

    Reply • February 2 at 11:57 am
  76. Mike says:

    ’m getting old.

    My ability to do the long version of anything has seen better days. I can still do quite a bit, but some days the old saying definitely applies — “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

    I’ve often thought about only doing half of the exercises in your Follow Along Workout program on those days when I’m feeling my age, but I’m just not ready to throw in the towel and admit defeat. Not yet.

    Mentally I still need to make it all the way through a workout, and The Time Crunched Program sounds like the perfect guilt free solution for me.

    Reply • February 2 at 11:58 am
  77. Dave S says:

    I love riding, but I’m having a hard time having fun doing it. Isn’t that why we ride in the first place? Moved from a land with flowy singletrack (WI) that was perfect for my rigid SS 29er to a land where the challenging trails are like quarries (KS) and beat the snot out of me. I get worn out and fall off the back, something that never used to happen, even riding with fast guys.

    Would a new bike help? Sure, but the family takes precedence. I also know that someone more skilled and confident would make my bike go faster. I want that somebody to be me.

    Your workout plans are great, the skills videos help and I’m seeing improvement. My ride and workout times are limited and I want them to count. That’s why I think your new plan can help me put the fun back into my riding.

    Reply • February 2 at 12:14 pm
  78. Kegan says:

    As a 62 year old woman who refuses to live life in front of the TV, I go to a CrossFit gym 3 times a week in order to maintain my strength to mountain bike and whitewater kayak. I love reading your columns about exercises to do that benefit riding ability. And it’s wonderful that many of your tips involve the same equipment we use in the gym, i.e., kettle bells, weights, medicine balls, bands. So now I think about your suggestions while working out… like not sinking in at the shoulder while doing turkish get ups. Oh, I digress.

    One of my goals is to keep up with the variety of riders you get on group rides. I hate being at the back of the pack now (I used to hide back there!). Ability, strength, and stamina are constant goals with me. Having a tip a week would make concentrating on that skill much better for me. I need time to work on a skill before hearing another, lest I forget the first one, so a consistent long term training program in short bursts sounds perfect!

    Reply • February 2 at 1:05 pm
  79. Tim says:

    Switched to flats… Check… Now I need a plan to get in shape for the spring and summer riding season…

    Reply • February 2 at 8:15 pm
  80. Tyler says:

    Been following your programs and website for years now…..it’s the best training guidance I have come across. Efficient programs and all-important guidance on how to generate movement properly….thank you and keep it up! …..Tyler

    Reply • February 2 at 9:45 pm
  81. Luke says:

    I love the stuff I’ve read on your website and the programs I’ve purchased from you have been excellent, but like you talk about in this post, I just have trouble finding the time to make good use of it. I would love a program designed with that in mind.

    Reply • February 2 at 11:10 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Congrats Luke, you are one of the winners of a free Time Crunched Trail Rider Solution! Just send an email to support@bikejames.com and we’ll get you set up.

      Reply • February 3 at 10:26 pm
  82. Stefan Koulouris says:

    Just recently I purchased your NGNP workout, and I have to admit that I went through the exact same phase as you described above. All due to the time missing to get up and running ASAP. You, being aware of the importance of getting into the program straight away, sending emails pointing out to keep the momentum high, but still, if there’s a lack of time and subsequent focus, it all stays in dreamland and doesn’t materialize. Once I had the time to go through the program and understood it’s structure I got started and I haven’t looked back since (thank you for that)! So yes, getting over this first phase is crucial.

    Reply • February 3 at 6:56 am
  83. Michael says:

    Whit kids, work and business I realize how it’s difficult to follow a training schedule and I ask myself how can I train for my passion and have another great season of raid. If your new training keep your philosophy and can help me to be fit I’m trusting you.


    Reply • February 3 at 7:29 am
  84. Phil says:

    Well, I have a sales job with a territory that ranges from east Tx and Ok all the way back to Va and down into Florida. I’m 57 and planning to race my butt off this year and also win a natl championship in Dh this year in New Mexico. I would hope that this would at least make me a candidate! I need all the help I can get.

    thanks James!

    Reply • February 3 at 7:52 am
  85. Max Ahartz says:


    In my second month of KB Conditioning V2 and loving the results on the bike! Coming back from shattering my hip and femur and countless sessions of physical therapy, your programs are really helping me get my body issues in order. I cant wait to see what you bring to the Time Crunched crowd like me.

    Reply • February 3 at 8:04 am
  86. James says:

    I work 48 hrs. on and 72 hrs. off. I’m married with two boys who are home schooled and only one car which affords me short windows of time to get to the trail because she needs a break when i get home and needs to run errands. It’s hard to get a workout in with two boys jumping all over you so i need a fast workout to get through, to help me be at my best when i do get to the trail and do the occasional race. Thanks P.S. I Switched Back To Flats!!!!!!! Its Great!

    Reply • February 3 at 8:38 am
  87. Jonathan says:

    I am planning to complete a 100 mile mountain bike ride this summer. After buying the No Gym No Prob workout months ago and recently buying the DB combos program a few weeks ago. I am finally hitting the gym tomorrow. It has been hard to find the time to sort through the manual and watch the videos to learn how to do the exercises properly. This new program sounds like it will solve that problem.

    Reply • February 3 at 9:01 am
  88. Aleksandar says:

    This program look very helpful. I very often overwork myself and I can’t do nothing the next couple of days and I will be glad to use something of this so I would be able to distribute my time and training properly.

    Reply • February 3 at 11:28 am
  89. MrMeanoMan says:

    I started MTbike riding in my later years. In my 2nd year of 4 years of experience, I was sidelined 6 months recovering from a wreck induced brain bleed. After getting ‘hooked up’ with Bike James weekly advice and tutorials I realized the wreck was my lack of functional movement conditioning and strength. I am now midsession of his DB Combo program and I can fully attest any future wrecks will NOT be because of functional movement conditioning. His expertise and experience is ‘world best’. I look forward to your new program and hope I can win out to further my MTbike progress.

    Reply • February 3 at 11:49 am
  90. Robbie Ager says:

    Hi James, I think that this program would benefit me in vastly helping me to improve my fitness & endurance.
    I take part in DH races & this year taking part in some national level races, so I have been looking into doing some training to help achieve my goals on the bike. I believe with the correct training great results can be achieved. A good example is Aaron Gwin!
    I have purchased one of your program’s before & was very impressed with the exercises & the program & support.

    Reply • February 3 at 2:13 pm
  91. Carole Beauchamp says:

    ‘Started mountain biking only last summer but went crazy about it and, though I bought “no gym no problem” and ” kettle bells program” I have spent all my time on my bike (2 hours per day) all summer long. I have discovered later that I could have made short planned combo exercices specific to mtb. Since then I have found no time to reorganize my schedule and fit the proper set of exercices in..

    Reply • February 3 at 2:14 pm
  92. Mike Stephens says:

    I stated out on the MTB strength training programs a few years back and saw some improvents in my riding as a result. I never got through a full program however I followed up with a newer version but didn’t really follow through. Last year I spent very little time on the bike and now I’m trying to get back there while balancing the needs of 2 teenage sons and the variuos time required for their activities although one is planning to do some MTB racing this year and both BMXing it could help my motivation to help get me to new heights of fitness. 10kg to loose to start with . Here’s hoping

    Reply • February 3 at 2:21 pm
  93. Rick says:

    My wife and I are working out together for the first time in our lives (married 28 years). The follow along workout allows us to workout together but at our own levels and pace. Some days I don’t feel like working out, but knowing I don’t have to think, just follow along helps me get started and once I do, I’m glad each and every time.

    Reply • February 3 at 3:24 pm
  94. Burgess says:

    Hi James,
    Im a university student and am super stretched for time as is. Im looking for a way to get myself through the cold Canadian winter, and in good biking shape but not compromising my academic success by spending all my time at the gym. Im hoping your program could help me get myself in good enough condition that I can ride the 24 Hours of Adrenaline race this coming summer in Canmore, Alberta. Thus far, the other parts of your program I have used have all been fantastic. Cheers!

    Reply • February 3 at 4:11 pm
  95. Rich says:

    My goal is to become a stronger, faster, and a better rider!

    Reply • February 3 at 6:01 pm
  96. Lynn says:

    I’ve been using the DB Combos and some of the ESD programs with definite results in cross-country races, improvement in my downhill riding, and generally having more fun by being stronger on my bike.
    James has produced a huge amount of fantastic information; sometimes it’s hard to know which pieces will be most beneficial in what season, and where I should go next with training. Also, just how to fit the quality training in and still have time for some rides just for fun!

    Reply • February 4 at 12:00 am

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