3 BJJ Core Training Exercises to Help Your MTB Riding

I recently started taking some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes and as part of the warm up we do some pretty cool core training exercises that are unique to the sport. I’ve got a pretty strong core (a TGU with 106 lbs. is proof of that) but these three exercises had my core working in some new ways and producing some soreness I hadn’t felt before. Now that I have gotten stronger with them I can feel the difference in how they help me move more efficiently on the mat and on the bike.

Check out this video to see 3 BJJ core training exercises that can help improve you MTB riding…

One of the best things about these core training exercises is that they require no equipment, just your bodyweight. Bodyweight training is very popular in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community because of the need for supreme body control on the mat, which is something we also need on the trail. The No Gym, No Problem Bodyweight Workout Program is the best workout program in the world for the mountain biker who wants to tap into the ride changing power of bodyweight training.

Be sure to visit www.nogymnoproblemworkout.com to learn more about this unique bodyweight program and how it can help you ride longer, faster and with more confidence on the trail.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Thomas says:

    Regarding the TGU tip video.

    Why do want the elbow to be rotated at get up.
    Shouldnt you try and keep a riding posture during exercises if possible ?

    Thanks for great videos and some great programs.


    Reply • January 17 at 4:50 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Rotating the elbow down into that position will actually mimic the arm position you want on the bike. It allows you to better engage the lats, which you can’t do if the elbows are pointed out. “Elbows out” is incomplete advice on the bike – you want the elbows “out” away from the body but you don’t want the elbows twisted “out”. Engaged lats result in the elbows being out but you can push the elbows out without engaging the lats, which isn’t as good.

      This tip helps you drill the difference and will help with your body position.

      Reply • January 17 at 9:31 am
  2. Thomas says:

    Read ya 😉

    Reply • January 17 at 4:02 pm
  3. David says:

    Hey James. really like the Shrimp and the triangle ! It’s great to learn new ways to work the work the midsection. I Appreciate your candor. You can never have enough ways to attack the core, and these are keepers. Keep it poppin coach.

    Reply • March 8 at 1:16 pm
    • David says:

      A TGU with 106 lbs ? WOW.. I was feeling proud of myself that I recently graduated to my 16 kg kettlebell for my TGU’s.. I guess I’ve got something to shoot for. Very impressive coach, worhty of mucho respect.

      btw, an edit feature on your blog would be great ! especially for someone like me who blurts things out to quickly.. lol that’s me.

      Reply • March 8 at 1:56 pm

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