MTB Strength Training Program

I just met with trainer James Wilson, and he opened my eyes to a new way of training, especially for gravity events. I’ll keep you posted as my training progresses, but here’s a quick rundown — and a special discount on his program.

Get the MTB Strength Training Program at a discount

Regular: $147

Special: $97 until April 1

Follow this link for the discount

Strength training for MTB?

Great riding comes down to four things: skills, fitness, confidence and equipment. These are all related, but without all four you’re severely limiting yourself. Most riders put way too much emphasis on equipment. As you know, I’m on a quest to improve everyone’s skills and confidence. Fitness is the other piece.

Most cycling programs are based on road and cross country; gravity racers are left to train like roadies or bodybuilders, and neither approach does the job very well. I’ve been researching and experimenting with training techniques for years, and right when I was about to write an ebook about training for gravity racing, I met a guy named James Wilson.

James is a professional strength coach and a dedicated mountain biker. He applied his knowledge to our fine sport and created a program specifically for mountain bikers.

Rich Houseman is on the program.

What I think

I studied this stuff in college, and I read a lot on the subject, so I think I know some things. James definitely knows more than I do about strength training — that’s why I’m telling you about about his program.

James focuses on range of motion, strength, power and anaerobic fitness for mountain bikers. He sees “saddle fitness” as a separate specialty, and he leaves that to other experts. James says he hates gyms (he’d rather ride); his program is short, efficient and can be followed even without a fully-equipped gym.

A couple days ago Yeti racer Ryan Cranston pulled us up a technical climb. At the top he said, “I’ve been doing James’ program since December. This is only my second ride this year, but I feel stronger than I was at this time last year when I was riding a lot more.” The testimonials on James’s site reiterate that sentiment. Based on what I’ve seen, I believe James’ program will improve control, power, injury prevention and confidence.

James did an assessment on me, and even though I’ve been working out religiously since my first shoulder surgery seven years ago, I’m starting at his Phase 1. I’ve always done my own program. This is the first time I’ve swallowed my ego and followed someone else’s plan. This one makes sense. I’ll update you guys with my progress.

NOTE: James is a strong personality with strong ideas. I guarantee some of his views will challenge your beliefs. While you might not want to implement every aspect of this vision, I belive the core elements will make you (and me) a better rider.

James guarantees muscles like his, or your money back!

Buy his plan

I was ready to write a plan of my own, but James is a true expert in this field. So I decided to partner with him and offer his program on this site (at a 33% discount). James’ program includes lots of goodies:

– 16-week workout program
– Fully detailed workouts
– Training logs
– MTB mobility training program
– Recovery strategies
– Nutrition program
– Supplement list
– Audio CD
– Demo DVD
– 200+ page manual
– Two 30-minute phone consultations
– 60-day money back guarantee
Normal price: $147
Lee Likes Bikes special price: $97

I told James his regular price is totally appropriate, but that I want to offer it to you guys for less. Until the end of March, you can get the full program for 33% off — a measly $97. With the money-back guarantee, what do you have to lose, except extra seconds in your race runs?

To get the discount, follow this link:

Follow this link for the discount


19 replies
  1. T-Coop says:

    Hey Lee as a former competitive body builder in the mid 90’s, and current 4x ripper, I thought I knew it all when it came to the strength and conditioning arena! Boy has James program opened my eyes. It is not your “conventional” training program but I can see were it will make me Faster/Stronger and less injury pron for this season. Thanks Troy Cooperman

  2. leelikesbikes says:

    Hey everyone, T-Coop is an animal — this is high praise!!!

    Dude, I’m heading to the Co Springs BMX right now …

  3. Bob Burnes says:

    Hey, Lee.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to be sponsored by James in 2007. His work out program left my military program in the dust and has really stretch my physical fitness. I’ve never had this kind of bike control and power. Thanks to James’ program, I’m stronger, faster, and a real threat on the national 4X scene this year.

    Everybody’s always looking for that one product for their bikes to give them that little extra edge-this is THE best upgrade you could possibly make for your ride-you.

    Whether you’re racing or just love riding, you’ll be extremely pleased with the results you’ll get from this program!

    Side effects include: Breaking chains, gating like a dragster,dropping friends on climbs or descents, and muscle development.

  4. Sean Tarricone says:

    I have been using James’s program since November and I am about to start his new program this week. I am riding at a whole new level compared to last year. I have added 4X to my race schedule on top off the DH this year and I feel like I have the tools I need to pull this off each weekend. It is going to be a great season.

    If you plan on adding strength training to your plan make the best of your time and use this program for the best results.

  5. Keith says:

    Hook a brother up, I don’t claim to know all but I sure the hell am open to feeding my mind and body with stuff that makes me faster stronger and more relaible to my team!

    p.s. whay the heck do i have to add 8 and 5?

  6. Westernslopestyle says:

    I’ve known James since he moved out this way last year. I can testify to his charismatic nature and attitude. I have been putting off training with him for months now, but I saw him today and I can’t wait any longer! I’m ready to be on board, and you should consider it too!

  7. Ryan says:

    James’ program works. Plain and simple. He’s a great coach, knows what’s he’s doing and you WILL get results. I’ve been on the program for almost 4 monthes now, and it’ becoming quite clear that I’m much stronger, and more mobile. Do yourself a favor and invest in YOURSELF. It will give you a much bigger return than spending that money on taking a few grams off your bike.

  8. nathan says:

    lee, are you getting a cut of james’ enrollments?

    james james james, why does this smell so rankly like an astroturf campaign?

  9. leelikesbikes says:

    Yes — and I arranged a discount for you guys. So I make a few bucks for my effort (which enable this free site), and you save $50. Win-win.

    What the heck does astroturf mean in this context?

  10. leelikesbikes says:

    Turns out astroturf is a grass-roots program seeded by business interests. Someone has said the above comments are an organized effort of some kind. I assure you I’m too busy riding bikes for that kind of planning. I offer James’ program because I think it’ll help you guys.

    Now, all together: BRAAAP!

  11. Santiago says:

    Lee, I have no qualms with you bringing something you use and approve to everyone’s attention. If you manage to provide the product at a DISCOUNT and still make money, big kudos to you. FWIW, even if there was no discount you have every right to make money to offset the cost of your great site.

    FWIW, I took the plunge and ordered the program. Thanks!

  12. Mary says:

    Can you please tell me whether you can buy this program in stores over there in the USA? I’m in NZ so I’m thinking of purchasing it on my travels.
    Also, does it cater for females as well as males?

    PS: feel free to reply via email … u prob dont want to broadcast whether its available in store 🙂

  13. leelikesbikes says:

    yes, it works for males and females alike.
    order it through the above link, and James will ship the materials anywhere.
    if you’re in Grand Junction, CO, you can meet with James personally
    warning: he will kick your butt!

  14. Rob Lawrence says:

    Hey there Lee!

    I would like to sign up for the mtb strength training program.
    I see that the discount period is over, however I would like to credit you with the referral ( as I found out about it right here!)
    How should I go about this?



  15. leelikesbikes says:

    Hi Rob.

    You can follow the link above in the story.

    BTW: I’ve been rocking the program — I’m in the second phase — and I feel great.

  16. Rob Lawrence says:

    the paypal link insists in addresses within the USA.
    I have been waiting a while to order this, and am very unhappy that, because I am not in the USA, that the order form will not work.

    Can this be rectified? After all, Paypal is an international service?


  17. leelikesbikes says:

    Yep, it would definitely help an XC racer. You’ll feel stronger and more stable, especially on longer and harder rides.

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