The Strength Factory’s Complete DH Programme is created specifically for downhill mountain bikers and guarantees to make you a better rider.
You’ll build strength, power and fitness. You’ll ride stronger for longer. You’ll step up the results sheet, ride longer descents and harder hits. Less fatigue, less risk of injury and – best of all – more fun.
Built for downhill riders and racers of all levels, the DH Programme has successfully trained elite racers and bike park shredders alike. There’s no previous experience required. All you need is a smartphone, access to a gym and a little commitment.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
A life-long mountain biker, Ben Plenge fell in love with riding on dirt in the ’90s and hasn’t slowed down ever since.
He found a love for fitness during his career in the British Army where he served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and retired as a Captain. On leaving the army, Ben qualified as a professional coach and setup The Strength Factory to help riders of all levels smash their goals.
Ben’s client list includes World Cup pro’s Wyn Masters (GT Factory Racing) and Joe Smith (Vitus), freeride star Veronique Sandler and Enduro World Series racers Chris Hutchens (Wideopen Nukeproof) and Fergus Ryan (Santa Cruz) as well as hundreds of amateur racers and everyday trail riders like you. When you sign up to The Complete MTB Programme you’re in safe hands.
Yes, you’ll need a gym.
We have designed the programme specifically to be accessible to people in normal gyms. You need access to barbells, dumbbells and/or kettlebells. You will also need some space and a pull up bar. Things that are nice to have, but not necessary are a rowing machine, plyo box, and suspension trainer.
Alongside the gym and equipment you’ll need a smartphone or tablet that is able to download the TrainHeroic app. TrainHeroic works with iOS and Android.
Yes, absolutely. The programme is progressive and at every stage you are coached through the exercises with HD videos. Just take your time and pay attention to your technique and you will pick it up in no time.
Yes, it is!
All levels of rider can use the programme. We have a wide range of riders and racers, but mostly it’s people who just want to enjoy their weekly rides more.
Whilst loads of racers use the programmes, we also have a growing number of non-competitive riders using it to stay fit, strong and healthy. Many people also use it for a specific event or trip, like a week in the mountains or a big event in the summer.
You can start at any time of the year.
Regardless of when you start our programme begins with our 8-week Foundation Programme and then moves into our monthly Complete Programme.
This programme always begins with our 8-Week Foundation Programme. This allows you to move on to the Complete programme safely and with everything you need to make good progress and get amazing results. Skipping this stage would leave you with increased risk of injury and less likely to make progress.
If you are coming in with a good level of strength and fitness and feel confident in the gym and would like to skip The 8-Week Foundation Programme then please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you.
This is totally down to you and your doctor or physio to decide. We never suggest that you train through pain, however if you have a small niggle, you can often train around it, making good progress in other areas whilst doing your rehab.
The amount of time you train is up to you. Each week, you are provided with 4 main training sessions: 2 strength sessions and 2 interval or bike based sessions of different intensities and durations. On top of that you may wish to ride more, especially in summer with extra MTB rides or uplifts.
Yes, under the supervision of an adult. We have a number of under 18’s on the programmes across the UK and beyond.
No, there’s no contracts or ongoing commitments.
On sign-up you will receive access to the entire 8-Week Foundation Programme, straight to the TrainHeroic app on your phone. You will have access to this for 1 year.
Once you have completed the Foundation Programme, you’ll be invited to join the Complete Programme on TrainHeroic, which is billed monthly. This is entirely optional with no subscriptions or contracts. You can cancel at any time.
If our Foundation Programme doesn’t work for you for whatever reason, we’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked.
If you find that our Complete Programme doesn’t work for you, you can cancel or pause the programme at any time.