LIAM PHILLIPS

From velo­drome boards to BMX berms, Phillips has the lower-body power to make ri­vals quake. He tells MF how his gym ef­forts and sac­ri­fices have helped him rule the track

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

MF meets the BMXer with the most pow­er­ful legs in sport

Chris Hoy might have the knight­hood, the fame and the leg­endary thighs but BMX racer Liam Phillips has the records – all of them. In Team GB’s high-tech per­for­mance lab he’s topped the max­i­mum power charts and raised the bench­mark for the squat, leg press and trap bar dead­lift. Along­side his im­pres­sive num­bers, he also de­vel­oped the tech­ni­cal prow­ess to win the 2013 BMX world cham­pi­onship and the 2014 Su­per­cross World Cup – mak­ing him the first Bri­tish man to win the ti­tle – but when MF meets him at the Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre in Manch­ester, he tells us it’s gym work that’s pow­ered him to the top of the sport.

BMX-RATED

If you thought BMX was ba­si­cally track cy­cling’s tat­tooed, punky younger sib­ling, spend­ing an af­ter­noon with the Som­er­set-born rider would quickly set you straight. It’s one of the most bru­tal

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