Win a free copy of the new DB Combos Program!

When I released the DB Combos program a couple of years ago I did not realize that it would gain the popularity and “cult status” that it did. Everywhere I go I get a lot of riders commenting on how much they love the workouts and how much it has helped their riding. However, as good as the original program was, there is always room for improvement.

So, after getting a lot of feedback from riders who have used the program and drawing on my own expanded experience I decided to come out with an updated version of the program. This new version will blow the old one out of the water and now includes:

– More core training: One of the biggest “complaints” I did get was about the lack of direct core training. This was a flaw and something that has been addressed through the addition of 2 great core training exercises.

– Better strength training exercises: As much as I loved the 2 exercises featured in the original program they are pretty advanced movements. I realized that people were spending more time and effort trying to figure them out then simply getting stronger. I’ve revamped the strength training portion by selecting exercises that are still challenging but have a much shorter learning curve so you spend more time simply getting stronger.

– All new combo drills: The combo drills are the heart of the program and this new version has 2 great new ones to increase you cardio like nothing else. I have even included some options to help you customize one of the combo drills to match your strength levels. These are a big improvement over the old ones.

– Expanded warm up/ mobility drills: I have also shot a new warm up video that covers the newest drills I am using in my facility. This includes a jump rope drill, foam rolling, static stretching, dynamic mobility and activation exercises. In fact, this is the only program this new drill is going to be currently available with and, in my opinion, is worth the price of the program itself.

I am wrapping up the manual and video editing this week and hope to have everything in line to release it next week. All of my former customers will get an email from me on Monday with an offer to get in on a 48 hour pre-sale at a ridiculous price so if you have the current DB Combos program or my Ultimate MTB Workout program keep an eye out for that. I’ll also be offering a pre-sale to my newsletter subscribers next Wednesday, although not as ridiculous as what my former customers will get.

I also wanted to let you know that once I release the new version I will be taking the original off the market. If you have not gotten it yet now is the time – you’ll then be a customer and will get the super discount offer on the new version which means you’ll get 2 programs for less than the price of the new one (which will cost more than the original).

However, if you want to get entered into a drawing for a free copy of the new program then do me a favor. If you have used the original DB Combos program leave a comment below telling me how it has helped your riding. If you have not used it before but think a 45 minute workout that will increase your endurance, strength and power on the trail will be useful then let me know how you want it to help you.

I’ll be randomly picking 2 people to get a free copy of the new program and announce the winners on Monday of next week. Time to get back to editing the new manual…

-James Wilson-

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  1. Vance McMurry says:

    James: I have not tried your DB combo program, but an extremely interested in your approach. It sounds close to the functional fitness approach that I take to my cross training. I would love for your DB combo program to make me climb like Mercury with wings on my feet and everlasting energy to crush the hour plus climbs I do during the Breck 100 and PCPP this summer. I am writing a 3 series article about my journey to redeem my DNF at both races last year for XXC magazine and would love to mention you. Send me an email and I will gladly send the first in the series that we just released.


    Reply • March 17 at 7:38 am
  2. Grant says:

    I haven’t tried your DB Combos program, but I enjoy your online material and would welcome a chance to give the real program a shot. A lot of my riding is in prep for races we organize in both Switzerland and New England, and there’s always ways to improve my climbing and technical riding!

    Thanks and good luck with the new version,


    Reply • March 17 at 7:55 am
  3. Ian Cook says:

    Well, lets see here, I am in the middle of both here. I have not officially used your DB workout, but have gained loads of knowledge from your available demos and other information on your site. I have used what I have gained from your site and free demos to gain some progress in my riding. This year I have taken up 4X racing head on, and with the help of some friends I have dabbled in some DH racing as well. With a full structured program I am sure my extra tire I still carry around my mid-section will be a thing of the past. With my 4X racing I am sure my gates and endurance around the track will push me to the next level and up in class. With my DH racing, having a stronger core and more endurance (oh look up Fontana DH races on YouTube and look for “the wall”….endurance is a must and you will see what I mean) I can hopefully move from beginner to sport class. So I have gained a little from you so far, but the potential to be even better is still untapped…..Thanks for all you have done.

    Time to go do sprints in the grass at the park!!!

    Ian Cook

    Reply • March 17 at 7:59 am
  4. Zak says:

    I haven’t tried the DB Combos, but I’m in Phase 5 of the UMBW right now – feeling super strong and ready for a great season! At 32 I’m up to a double body weight (310 lb) deadlift for the first time in my life.

    I’d love to check out the DB Combo plan for those days that I don’t have 1.5 hours for my workout.

    Thinking about coming down for the Ranchstyle – you gonna be there James?

    Reply • March 17 at 8:53 am
  5. Mark says:

    I have yet to try the DB combos, but have been following the blog and have found a lot of the content really useful and some of the topics pretty thought provoking. I would love to try the Db combos cause i think James puts together solid workout plans that hit everything you need for mtn biking, and get you in and out of the gym quickly and efficiently. Props for all the content you put up and congratulations for the recognition coming your way (Yeti etc.)

    Reply • March 17 at 9:11 am
  6. As a newbie to the MTB community, I’m drinking it all in. I’m entering every race I can reach, reading every book, attending every group ride and trying every workout. I have been reading your blog for months now. I have tried nearly every exercise that you recommend, read every article and I’m ready for the full deal. If you are looking for an enthusiastic guinea pig who can spread the word with ease, then I’m your man.

    Reply • March 17 at 9:19 am
  7. Tyler says:

    I did the MTB DB combo program last winter and still use the workouts when I need a change or don’t have a lot of time. This program (and all the stuff you post) is awesome and helped me in various ways. It helped me:
    1. Be aware of my body movement on the bike. How to get into the attack position properly….how to be relaxed on the bike but still have a strong core to act as a good platform for unleashing my awesome power (joking).
    2. Amp up my intensity. My idea of ‘getting fitter’ changed from just going for longer rides at the same pace, to getting stronger and being able to hammer out intense efforts, then recover while still cranking, and repeat. The combo intervals are great for this, and introduced me to a new level of intensity and fitness.
    3. Have focus and direction in my training. Instead of having no workout plan and end up doing some random bench press, leg extensions, etc, I know exactly what I’m going to do, and why I’m doing it (and not doing a ‘normal’ workout). In 45 minutes, my body and mind feel engaged and worked. Good stuff!


    Reply • March 17 at 9:32 am
  8. Jeff says:

    As I approach 50 this year, I have been contemplating an overhaul to my stength and fitness program to continue to ride with power and endurance. I started practicing power yoga a year ago and have seen it translate into better riding. I have been lurking here for a few months and can see how your movements would probably help me too, but it’s hard to break away from the weightlifting routine I have followed for so many years. I thought you were talking to me about the merits of the standard bench press, but I find it hard to eliminate it from my routine as it’s been a staple for 30 years. I would love the opportunity to try your program and see if you can teach this old dog some new tricks.

    Reply • March 17 at 9:34 am
  9. Mathias says:

    Hi James!
    I’ve long search around to try to find a program related to cycling I do. After a tip from a friend I found your page. I am very interested in the new program, and believe it will help me to be even better to ride. Looking forward to the new program comes on the market!

    Reply • March 17 at 11:37 am
  10. Connie says:

    Hi James,

    Thanks for keeping things fresh! I used your original DB Combo Workout and loved it! The short length and little equipment took away so many of my excuses. Using the Gym Boss was also key to my success with the DB Combo portion. I could focus on my form & intensity level and let the Gym Boss worry about the time.

    I look forward to the next version, as keeping things fresh helps me stay motivated.

    Reply • March 17 at 1:55 pm
  11. Crayfish says:

    I just bought your DB Combos program a couple weeks ago (after buying your Ultimate MTB program a couple years ago.) I’m only on the 2nd week of the program, but I’m enjoying it. I especially like the anaerobic aspect of the the combo drills. Haven’t been on the bike yet, but I know I’ll be riding stronger this spring. Hopefully I’ll win a copy of the new program, as I don’t think I can justify buying it just a few weeks after buying the first one.

    Reply • March 17 at 1:55 pm
  12. Mike says:

    Hey James!!
    I am in the midst of your program and all I can say is WOW!!! The things I most note is the ability to maintain balance in situations where I couldn’t in the past. I never realized how weak my core muscles were. This coming from a guy who can easily bench 225 lbs consistently. My core WAS weak. But not anymore. With the different exercises and the approach to intervals and nutrition, this is the most complete program for the $. I believe I bought the program 5 weeks ago. So I hope I am one of the people who wins the new one too. I can definitely tell how much my XC riding will improve once the ground thaws.


    Reply • March 17 at 1:56 pm
  13. Juan says:

    This is the second time I’m using the DB combos program, and all I can say it’s worth every penny…first year I used the program, I was thrilled in how much endurance I gained during uphills and in downhills too! you do not realize how much important is endurance and core strength until you try this program and “feel” the results on your body and on your rides so If you want to enjoy your ride even more and you don’t want to spend lots of money & time, this the ideal workout to do have in your library…

    Reply • March 17 at 2:00 pm
  14. Ryan says:

    Hi James,
    I have been using your weekly videos for about a year now. I feel like in the last year I’ve really learned to ride my bike as, it is a lot more fun now then it has been in the past. I used to just ride more to try and improve my riding but I found that over time, due to exhaustion I would often get worse! I do ride with club here in town and “race” once a week in the summer but, I’m no professional just a guy who enjoys biking. Now I just enjoy it more.


    Reply • March 17 at 2:05 pm
  15. Trevor says:

    Hi James,
    For the past couple of seasons, I’ve used your No Gym, No Problem workout in the preseason to jumpstart my riding. I must say that it definitely makes getting used to my bike after ski season easier. Being a year-round fit person, that program did the trick. This year is a bit different though. In late January while skiing at my home mountain, Crested Butte, I shattered my femur into what my surgeons called “countless pieces.” In one brief moment, I went from being on top of my game, preparing for the US Extreme Skiing Championships to lying on the couch for weeks watching my leg shrink. The timing of the accident meant my ski season was over, but the thought of mountain bike season was enough to keep me motivated. With PT, I’m almost back to full ROM, and the doctor will be giving me the go ahead for weight bearing exercise early next week. Once I get the ok from my PT guy, I plan to hit the weights/gym/trainer as hard as possible, so I can swing my leg over the bike like nothing happened. I think the DB combos routine will make that happen.

    Reply • March 17 at 2:13 pm
  16. Ron says:

    Since I turned 30 yrs old recently I know I can’t just rise to the occassion like I once was able. After getting smoked by a 40 yr old last Fall I’m seeking training to strengthen me specifically for mountain biking. After being a collegiate XC racer that was in top shape only 8 yrs ago I’m eager to regain as much of the strength as possible. I’ve rededicated myself to the sport and recently invested in a new stumpjumper and I want to get all I can from it. I’ve been reading about your DC Combos program and suspect it might be right for me. Even with a busy schedule the proposed 45 minute commitment is reasonable and I’m eager to judge the results. Thank you for your website, blog, and training programs.

    Reply • March 17 at 2:16 pm
  17. Sean O'Brien says:

    I was introduced to your DB combos program by Decline magazine. After doing the workouts 3 times a week for as little as 3 weeks I notice a direct carry over to my cycling fitness. I was so impressed I bought your Ultimate MTB Workout Program.

    Reply • March 17 at 2:18 pm
  18. Ryan says:

    Well this year will be the third time trying out the DB workout. I usually get to week 7 of this workout and something comes up that keeps me away from it for a couple weeks. Actually once was a couple of months. Our youngest daughter had three open heart surgeries by the age of one. So training was put on hold a few times. She is doing great now.
    Now the reason I keep going back to your workout is I know how much it helps me at week 7 and I want to see how much more it helps me after week 12. I just did a 36 mile enduro race last week and I felt night and day difference from last year when all I really did was ride for training. The biggest area that improved was my climbing. I was able hang with some of the faster guys last week because of it. Thanks again for the workout James. Hopefully next year I’ll upgrade to the UMBW and really improve my riding. If not I’ll be trying out the new DB workout.

    Reply • March 17 at 2:19 pm
  19. wunnspeed says:

    James, the old workout was a huge help for me in just giving me more overall strength and endurance. It was also nice because I could easily fit it in within a very small time frame. Did I win? No. However, I’m also a much larger guy than most of my competitors and I ride a rigid singlespeed. The strength and fitness that I get from your workout lets me be somewhat competitive against people less than half my age and lets me have fun! Thanks a lot!

    Michael (aka Wunnspeed)

    Reply • March 17 at 2:19 pm
  20. Andre says:

    Hi James

    Sign me up!

    I stared your Ultimate MTB program last summer and moved from mid-pack XC to top 10 and age group winner in the fall. I continued with the program through the winter and went out to California in the end of January and was able to hold my own with a bunch of semi-pro and cat 1 mtb’ers for a week! Off 6-7 hours training a week (OK it was intense training!)

    Cant wait to try your new program, and see what race results I get this spring.


    Reply • March 17 at 2:29 pm
  21. Lynn Dawson says:

    It’s working!!! I switched from a traditional strength program to the DB Combo program 4 weeks ago. The mountain bike specific exercises made so much sense and made my strength training much more focused. In my last few rides, i finally got up a steep switchback climb that i could never get up before AND made it down a loose, rocky, steep downhill section I always jammed out on before, just by feeling stronger and more relaxed. This being so early in the season too! Yes, I think strength training differently with the combo program is helping improve my riding. Some days I’ve had to skip going to a core workout in order to fit a strength workout in, now it sounds that the new version will include more core – great! I look forward to the updated program.
    Thanks James!
    Lynn D.

    Reply • March 17 at 2:33 pm
  22. Ignacio says:

    I haven’t actually tried the DB Combos program, however I have incorporated most of your video tutorials on exercises you post here on bikejames to my own workouts.

    What I would like this program to help me with is to have enough strength to get better balance on my bike, and to be able to ride harder on my DH runs without getting fatigued so easily.

    Also would love to benefit from these workouts in the sense of injury prevention… Right now I am sidelined with a fractured hand, had a collarbone fracture about 6 months ago, and I am completely sure, the effects of the injuries have been less, and the rehab time smaller because of a good physical condition. If this program helps me achieve those goals, and get better conditioning with time, it would help me get injured less frequently I hope…

    Reply • March 17 at 3:00 pm
  23. Josh Gates says:

    James- I haven’t done the entire program but continually incorporate other aspects of your routine into my excersise program to great results. Since I don’t have a lot of time to ride (family, job, new side company) your strength training has helped a ton when I do finally ride- especially the core stuff. I’m a firm believer in less time in the saddle and more strength- especially on the ol’ single speed.

    Reply • March 17 at 3:58 pm
  24. Santiago Oleas says:

    James, I am a huge fan of the DB Combos program. I tell people every chance I get how much I find this compact set of exercises to be very effective, more so than the typical gym workout. By coincidence I told 3 people today about it even before I saw you were coming up with an upgrade.

    What I tell people is how much compact in both time and complexity these exercises are and the benefits are both in strength and “cardio” workout. I truly look forward to the next version and I’ll be one of the first ones to submit my order when you send out the email.

    Let me finish by saying that I do NOT want to win the free upgrade. If you happen to pick my name, throw it back in and pick someone else. I am more than willing to pay for the upgrade. That’s how much I appreciate your dedication to your craft and to your workout.

    Reply • March 17 at 4:28 pm
  25. Pete says:


    Been using the DB program for a month. While I can’t correlate that to on-bike performance due to season, I look and feel better and have been upping the weight. Looking forward to the new version!


    Reply • March 17 at 5:00 pm
  26. Joe says:

    Keep up the good work James. I used the DB program for over 6 months and love it. It has helped me a great deal both in strength and conditioning. At 50, it’s always fun passing people half my age on the uphill 🙂 For all of you out there reading this site for free and not buying a program…. get with it. BTW, you don’t need to send me a free copy… I plan on buying it. ride strong.. – Joe

    Reply • March 17 at 5:21 pm
  27. Tubby says:

    I am on week 8 of the DB program and was just able to get out on the trail for the first time today since starting. I am XC racer and love going uphill and was a little apprehensive about not doing my usual “base” training this year. I decided to switch things up this year and have to say I don’t think I have ever been in this good of shape at this point in the season before. Finished my regular loop with energy to spare. There was a moment of epiphany when hitting the first climb when I realized I was driving through my pedal stoke with my glutes. Why did I not do this sooner? I can’t wait until the first race to really see the improvement.

    I can’t wait to see the new program. Keep up the good work James.

    Reply • March 17 at 5:51 pm
  28. Kylie says:

    Hi James
    I purchased the DB program about a year ago and admittedly only did it for about 4 weeks, however in that time I loved it and saw benefits when climbing hills, even managed to beat some of the guys I ride with!! Being into other sports such as triathlons, orienteering, adventure racing and running I even saw the benefits cross over into these events. Trying to train for all these various sports can be overwhelming so it is great to have a 45min workout that you know is going to make you work hard. I plan to start it again (hopefully the new one) over the winter here is New Zealand.

    Great job and I love reading your website.

    Reply • March 17 at 5:55 pm
  29. dennis says:

    Great program. I didn’t want to ride the trainer all winter or join a gym. You can get more out of this program than paying for a gym membership and hiring a trainer.

    Can’t wait to get the update and for the trails to dry out !

    Reply • March 17 at 5:59 pm
  30. cookie says:


    I purchased the DB combos only a few weeks ago mainly as I felt compelled to support you due to the fantastic information I have learned from your blog and video’s. You opened my eyes up to guys like Mike Boyle, Gray Cook and many others that has had a dramatic impact on my training and philosophy. We just dont have any coaches/trainers even close to doing anything like this that I have access to.
    Whilst I have not had enough time doing DB combo’s to make a true assessment, just the warm-up/mobility stuff is worth it alone. Thats been the huge thing for me.. And driving the pedals standing aka deadlift

    Sadly I’m doing a 7 day stage race starting this sunday so looks like I’ll miss the 48 hour sale 🙁


    Reply • March 17 at 6:04 pm
  31. Thomas Fish says:

    Hey James,
    I have not tried your program, but really need to. I run a youth mtb program. It’s a non-profit org that connects with youth through cycling. Our roots are in mountain biking, and we are doing some road cycling with them as well. We do mechanics, earnabike, and a whole lot of other things. But in the end, the real goal is to connect them to Christ and a new way of life. It’s a great program, but as it’s leader, right now I am not setting a great example. I am way out of shape and need to get back to a good fitness level, not only to keep up with the kids, but to also show them the way it should be done. So a program would be excellent to get me going. Even if you don’t pick me for the give away, I really enjoy the free resources that you have made available. This is the year for the fit and fast Thomas to emerge. Thanks for everything you do, and check us out. I hooked up with you on Facebook, and hope you check out what we are doing with youth and cycling here in Michigan. Have a great day!

    Reply • March 17 at 6:52 pm
  32. Darryl Cram says:

    Hi James, atm my 1:20 training session is 20min to Mt Stromlo, ride to the top up the single track and head home to wake my wife. It appears to be working but some variety in my life would be better than doing Tabata’s on the road bike/trainer.

    Reply • March 17 at 7:06 pm
  33. Danny Spalding says:

    HI Mr.James
    I haven’t tryed the DB Comdos yet but would like to!:)

    Reply • March 17 at 7:13 pm
  34. Dan says:

    I have yet to try the DB workout but over the past few weeks I have begun doing workouts based off of what I find helpful to me on the trail. Every single workout I am putting into practice has come from this website. I am always open to new workout routines and thats why I would like to be the lucky winner. This new DB workout would definately help me by bringing my endurance level higher along with making me stronger to handle the longer DH races on the race circuit. Probably the biggest improvement this new routine would bring is injury prevention or quicker rehab, every spring around the end of March I break something… Thanks for Reading and continue to rip the trails!


    Reply • March 17 at 7:16 pm
  35. Rob DeDora says:

    During the last year, after a 5 year hiatus from riding, I have done a total lifestyle change. I started riding again and totally changed my diet. I went from a sedentary 210 pounds down to a healthy and fit 165 pounds (current weight). I also got back into doing XC races and off road duathlons. I don’t currently have the current DB combos program but I think your new program would really help me reach my next goal which is to stand on the podium and place (in age group) in a race this year. Thanks for all the great info on this site!!!!!

    Reply • March 17 at 7:28 pm
  36. Kris Vadnais says:

    James: I have never tried your original DB workout but it sounds very exciting. I have tried MANY different workouts in an attempt to get better at mtn biking (and adventure racing) including typical gym workouts, P90X, and even crossfit. Crossfit was an amazing workout but I don’t feel it was helping my biking and racing skills much. The fact that your approach is meant to directly impact your mtn biking sounds PERFECT and I can’t wait to give it a shot. All I have been doing lately is running and trying to ride (its been a wet, wet last couple months) but after reading your article on how important it is to keep your strength I’ve decided its time to make some changes and your workout seems perfect. I hope to hear from you soon. 😉

    Reply • March 17 at 7:35 pm
  37. bradleycloud says:

    I have been doing the DB combo for about 10 weeks now and have been amazed at the result. Already, making climbs on the mountain bike that I could not make at the end of last season. Also, dropped a rodie buddy last week who had been putting crazy hours in on his trainer, while i rode my trainer little but kept up with your program during the winter. At mile 40, he was spent (his 1 – 2 hour rides on his trainer had him prepared for a 2 hour ride and little more) but I could just keep digging for more out of my legs. Oh, and it is crazy how well I can snap the bike around now that I can get out on the trails.

    Reply • March 17 at 8:16 pm
  38. Jason Plank says:

    I purchased the DB Combos when they were initially released and only got around to starting them about a month and a half ago. I must say it’s a great workout. The dead lifts and squats have really done a good job at strengthening my core. I’ve noticed the soreness that I usually got in my lower back after long hard rides has gone away. I physically feel stronger as well. You really notice it when your rocking through the drills then the weight seems to get lighter as you get comfortable with the number of iterations. Then you move up the weight and the burn returns! Good stuff. I’m very excited about the next version. Learning how to do the single leg dead lifts did have a high learning curve and requires a lot of flexibility that people just staring out might have trouble with.

    Reply • March 17 at 9:06 pm
  39. Jayde Davis says:


    I am currently on phase 3 of the Ultimate Mountainbike Workout. After spending 7 days in St. George, Utah just last week, I noticed a big difference in my riding. I’m riding much stronger than I was the last two years where I felt as though I had hit a platteau. I haven’t tried the DB combos but I am definately interested since having so much success with the UMBW.

    Reply • March 17 at 10:04 pm
  40. Paul says:

    The DB combo workout is simply amazing! I’ve increased my speed and endurance so I can rider harder for longer which means more fun on the trails. I’ve improved my balance and therefore confidence which also means more fun on the trails. I have also found that I’m much more resilient and recover faster so I can ride more frequently. Also meaning more fun on the trails. And it only takes me about an hour including warm up and down so no matter how busy I get I can easily fit in two workouts a week.

    Simply brilliant!

    Reply • March 17 at 11:38 pm
  41. Kevin Gerland says:

    I’ve completed the preliminary phase and I’m now into Phase 1 of your ultimate MTB program. I’m feeling stronger and really liking the program. How would the DB combo program incorporate into what I’m doing now?

    Reply • March 18 at 1:50 am
  42. Ole says:

    Ive been using your DB combos for two years.

    Generally he biggest effect has nothing to do with mtbing. I started to notice that I move differently. When I get up from chairs, sofas, walk stairs Ive started to use my hips and glutes more. Also its much more easy to do everyday lifts and things like that. 🙂

    MTB-wise: The first year the biggest improvement was climbing short steep hills that I couldnt master before.

    This year I dont know how it will effect my riding as theres still snow here, but theres been an interesting side effect. For the first time in my life Im starting to understand CC Skiing techniques. Its becaues Im able to kick much harder and firmer into the snow which really makes it easier to maintain speed uphill. This will probably mean that it will be easier to pedal too 🙂

    Reply • March 18 at 2:57 am
  43. Rob says:

    Hey James,

    being using DB combo’s program for 10 weeks now and noticed real improvement in my strength and conditioning for DH racing, also when I do XC spins I am much stronger on climbs.

    What was a surprise to me was that I felt a good increase in my balance on my bike. By the sounds of things you will be taking out the one legged dead lift, which I felt was the exercise that increased my balance and strength the most. I found this exercise very difficult to master but the benefits were huge. I hope that there will also be an emphases on balance in your new program.

    Reply • March 18 at 4:01 am
  44. Stephane says:

    I have not yet tried your DB combos program for unfortunate financial reason. I’ve turn 30 this month and it’s just not the same anymore I injured my back and it prevented me from riding for a while but I’m ready now to get back in the game after countless visit to the doctor and physio. The only thing now is I feel slow and I have not the endurance, cardio and strength I use to have. I feel that your program would be able to help me get back in and find my passion for mountain biking again and get me back on the saddle and enjoy riding.


    Reply • March 18 at 4:53 am
  45. Jeremy Orton says:

    Hey james, I am a former downhiller who wants to get back into racing next year, and I need to get fit and strong. I’ve put on so much weight since stopping racing, and now that I’ve started riding again, I find myself really weak and I get tired really quickly in a ride. I haven’t used your DB Combos program, but am super keen to get back into the gym and try some of these exercises out. I’ve watched the clip with Aaron Gwin and I’ve written down the exercises shown there and will give them a try on the weekend. Saw Aaron at the South African World Cup last year and he’s ripping!

    Reply • March 18 at 6:21 am
  46. Derek Gates says:

    Hey James
    I have been racing downhill for 3 years now and I am looking to move to the next level. I going to the gym quite alot but I don’t have a set work out yet. I have been using for site for tips and helping me work with certian areas. I am looking for some tips on how to improve your strenght when pedaling standing up. I find even thou I am in good shape I get really tired quickly. Also I find when I leave the line my heat is pumping so hard before I even start riding is there any tips to control heart rate.


    Reply • March 18 at 6:46 am
  47. Todd Sharp says:


    I have not purchased the current dumbbell program but I use your site to incorporate more exercises into my current routine. Over the past 14 months I have lost 63 pounds and I am looking to drop another 40. I started losing weight because of mountain bike. I bought a bike and tried some trails. I was absolutely miserable and could not even ride for a mile without having to stop and catch my breath but I could envision that if I stuck with it that I could really come to love mountain biking. After a few months of getting on the trails several times a week and weightlifting 3 times a week the pounds dropped and my cardio has improved by leaps and bounds. I am riding like I never thought I could. Weight lifting is already an important part of my training regimen but I would really like to use a biking specific program to take my riding to the next level.

    Reply • March 18 at 6:46 am
  48. Dabe says:

    I am using your Ultimate MTB Workout Program. I have been very impressed so far. I notice I now move differently both on and off of my bike (the bodies we are born with do not include an instruction manual on how to use them!). I would love to try out your new program.

    Reply • March 18 at 7:36 am
  49. Norma says:

    I have been using the DB combo program for a year now. It really has made me a stronger rider. I love the warm-up sequence, and though I have struggled a bit with the one-leg squats, I’ve become more confident in the movement. Can’t wait to see the new program.

    Reply • March 18 at 7:49 am
  50. Will says:

    I started riding my mountain bike again last year to lose weight without the pounding of running. I tore my achilles about a year and a half ago and felt like I couldn’t do much in the way of conditioning. As a former college athlete I feel like I couldn’t trust my body. As an engineer I wanted to know why it tore how to prevent it from hapenning again. I pored over the training methodology used for football players, power lifters, gymnasts, sprinters, and MMA fighters and found some common themes. The principles of Olympic style lifting, bodyweight conditioning, and Russian Kettlebells seemed to offer the benefits I am looking for. You seem to incorporate all these (which I now consider fundemental) into your strength and conditioning programs. I am really in need of a workout program to follow to the letter.

    Reply • March 18 at 8:47 am
  51. David Olson says:

    I am half way thru the DB Combo program and feel myself getting stronger. I track all my rounds so can also see the progress in the improvement of the numbers. I live in Chicago so have not actually had the chance to get out and ride but am looking forward to utilizing my new strength. Once this program is complete, I will jump into your new program.

    Reply • March 18 at 8:54 am
  52. Wish I Were Riding (aka John) says:


    I have not used your programs before. I am interested though, and maybe the per-sale price will make me take the plunge.

    What is the difference between the new DB Combo workout and the Ultimate programs? Do you have a page that explains this.

    Also, I’m such a dumbell it took me a while to figure out what DB meant…


    Reply • March 18 at 10:26 am
  53. Casey Hoffman says:

    James i’ve not yet tried your DB workout but i’ve heard nothing but great things about. I’m a you Cat 1 DH racer who’s always struggled to find a workout that will actually improve my racing. Your work with the yeti team has shown me that your program must work. I want an exercise program thats made for DH racers. I don’t wanna lift all the time with my buddies. I wanna do something that makes me feel stronger all around.

    Reply • March 18 at 10:52 am
  54. Dan Wolfe says:

    I purchased the Dumbbell Combos Program and started using it back in 2008. The program provided the training framework and motivation to get me back onto my bike after a several year hiatus raising my girls. I work two jobs and have three children and the time efficiency of the program helped me in two ways. First, it got me into riding shape quickly. Second, it educated me that you can be in shape to ride without spending long hours (that I don’t have) training in the old outdated ways we used to use. The program and James Wilson’s work, combine and explain cutting edge training in a very digestible way so that the average rider can start putting it to use right away. I can thank this program for giving me my riding back. I am better of for it.

    Reply • March 18 at 12:27 pm
  55. Brad says:

    James, I’ve actually bought the DB combo version 1, but haven’t started on it because of the complexity of the two tough exercises you’ve commented on, so I’d love a shot at the simplified version to get me going on strength training.

    Reply • March 18 at 4:24 pm
  56. Jeff C says:

    I am at the end of the 1st week of the DB Combos and my glutes, hips, and hamstrings say your name in vain every time I pick up my dumbbells. So far I have noticed how stiff I am in my hips and how this is something I really need to work on to improve my mobility on the bike. My time is very limited during the week due to my 6-month old and work schedule. With DB Combos I can “sneak” exercising into my day without the guilt from being away from my family. I’m looking forward to the end of the 12 week session to see how much I can improve, hopefully I can keep up with all my tri-athlete buddies. My riding season only has a little more than a month left (las vegas) so I will be looking forward to your new program this summer. Time to enjoy Bootleg Canyon before it hits 100 degrees.

    Reply • March 19 at 7:59 am
  57. Stuart White says:


    I am turning 45 this year and just returned to mt biking about a year ago after an 8yr + unintended break. I my pursuit of fitness, I have been going down the typical body building path from my youth. I am looking to change that approach per your comments and seek to build a more lean, powerful, and mobile body to take me into my, gulp! 50’s!
    I am looking forward to getting fit, upgrading from the 10+ yr old Stumpjumper, riding a few races this year, and introducing my 10yr old to the joys of singletrack.


    Reply • March 19 at 9:26 am
  58. SS says:

    I NEED THIS! A long winter of nasty weather = no riding down here in the south where we normally ride year-round. I dreadfully out of shape and have some big spring/summer riding plans. I need to get fit!

    Reply • March 19 at 10:07 am
  59. GreaseMonkey says:

    James, YOU ROCK! I am excited for you on this new release. I have your original DB Combos Program and I am an Inner Circle member…
    Thank you for always give us your best, pushing us to do better, and showing us the way!
    I am saving my pennies so I can get the Ultimate MTB Workout Program. I can’t foresee a time when I will stop using the workouts and principles you are teaching. What you are doing goes way beyond just “riding” you are helping to push the limits of the sport.
    Keep up the good work!

    P.S. If I happen to win, Thanks, but pass it on to someone else, I love the Inner Circle work outs. Just wanted to give you some props!

    Reply • March 19 at 11:58 am
  60. Wade says:

    I’ve only used the DB Combo Workouts for about 3 weeks, unfortunately, I got a chest cold and have been sidelined for another 3 weeks and now I feel like I’m starting over.

    I was originally a skeptical if the workouts would actually help. After trying them a couple of times, I think they are great. Definitely help with flexibility and balance.

    The workouts are a challenge and definitely better than riding my exercise bike indoors. Usually, my heart rate is in the 150 bpm range after the combo drills. Last weekend, I was finally able to get out and ride my road bike with friends. I was surprised to notice how my balance has improved after such a short time. (Even more surprising was that it was noticeable on a road bike.)

    One of these weekends, I’m going to break in my Yeti (busted my previous frame at the end of last season – I’ve only been on the Yeti 4 times and 3 of them were at 24 hours of Moab last year). Can’t wait to see how the DB Combo Workouts have actually helped my mountain bike skills.

    Reply • March 19 at 6:06 pm
  61. Stefan says:

    I have used the Ultimate MTB workout program, and have been very happy with that. I haven’t tried the DB Combos program yet. I would like to try this for my core and strength work a couple times a week when I’m riding a lot during this season. Quick but effective. Seems like it would do the trick.

    Reply • March 19 at 8:43 pm
  62. Dave Saxe says:

    More than just helped with riding, its a health builder! Very easy to implement with little equipment, it helps with total body strength and resiliency. I’ve been healthy overall with less injury time in the last 9 months of using the program! Looking forward to a stronger riding season with a winter’s worth of training under my belt. Just hope the snow melts soon!

    Reply • March 20 at 7:47 am
  63. Steve Wohnhas says:

    I bought the DB combo workout about 4 months ago and I’ve seen a huge difference in my skills and endurance on the bike. I would love to check out the new program.

    Reply • March 21 at 1:06 am
  64. Chris says:

    I just purchased the old DB combos workout. The manual and associated videos are well put together and very clear. Can’t wait to start my training. I’m in Toronto, so I’ve got a bit of time before the riding season kicks into full swing.

    Reply • March 21 at 8:38 pm
  65. mary says:

    Just purchased the old DB Combos workout- it looks like a solid program. Since stumbling upon your website I have used many of the mobility drills and info on kettlebells. I hope to see a kettlebell program in the future:)

    Reply • March 22 at 10:47 am
  66. MM says:

    Hey James ,
    I have not tried one of your programs yet, but I have been doing the exercises you have posted and found my weak areas . I am really digging the challenge and look forward to getting your programs soon!
    Cheers, MM

    Reply • January 21 at 2:22 pm

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