November
9

Lying Leg Raise for Mountain Biking

Based on the article I posted on Monday  I’ve realized the importance of working on core strength and the specific task of actively flexing at the hips. Without the ability to stabilize the core and pull the thigh up towards the ribs you will struggle to build the most powerful and efficient pedal stroke possible.

The Lying Leg Raise is an old exercise that I recently was re-introduced to in the book Convict Conditioning . It is an excellent way to build a lost core and hip flexor strength and ensure that you are pulling up without fighting yourself on your pedal stroke.

-James Wilson-

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  1. electric says:

    I’ll sometimes do this sort of thing while hanging off a chin up bar(keeping the back in line)… for added bonus I do some “air” bicycle pedaling trying to keep the torso from swaying and in between sets of pedaling curl your knees even further up to the chest for some abdominal work.

    Reply • November 10 at 8:07 pm
    • bikejames says:

      I like the hanging leg raise a lot as well and use this as a way to progress people into it.

      Reply • November 11 at 7:53 am

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