March
30

The Hidden Advantages of Kettlebell Cleans for Mountain Bikers

Kettlebell Cleans are a great overall exercise for several reason but they have a very valuable application for mountain bikers that most people don’t think about. In short, they teach us the general breathing and bracing skills needed to better absorb trail impacts without getting stiff. This helps us stay in control when overshooting a jump to flat or when we can’t avoid a rock or other trail obstacle which keeps the tires on the trail and helps us avoid crashes and injuries.

In this video I detail some coaching cues that have proven very helpful for riders in my facility to both perform this exercise better and get more out of it.

You can find the kettlebells that I use HERE

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  1. Gerrad says:

    I saw a couple sledge hammers in the background. What might you be doing with those? lol

    Reply • March 30 at 9:25 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      I use them to beat on tractor tires.

      Reply • April 2 at 8:57 am
  2. Spencer King says:

    Good video James,
    What are your thoughts on hard-style vs fluid-style kettlebell movements? and the breathing styles associated with each? Is there room for both in a program? Recently bought your KB program but have yet to incorporate it yet.

    PS. Did my first ride on flats today, was much easier transition than I expected. Didn’t feel any weaker pedaling and had no problem staying on the pedals through rocky sections, or clearing logs/rockups. I assume it’s indicative of good habits beforehand?

    Reply • March 31 at 4:02 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      I learned and use the Hard Style so I can not speak about the particular breathing pattern for the other types but I would think that if they apply good breathing principles they would have some value.

      Good habits beforehand do help a lot with riding flats, glad they are working so well for you so far.

      Reply • April 2 at 9:06 am

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