Top 3 Exercises for Stronger Cornering Technique

In this video I show the 3 exercise progression I use to build the lateral hip strength and mobility you need for better balance during high speed corners on the trail. This progression is especially helpful if you want to incorporate the Windmill into your mountain bike training program but find it awkward.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Ian says:

    James – How do you suggest incorporating these into a normal workout? For the first one you said you will just throw in during your normal warm-up, but would the other two be thrown in as part of a 15 M-TRTU for those on the DB Combo program? As I understand it you have a typical setup for those workouts, but would it just be as simple as switching out one core workout for one of those last two?

    Reply • April 7 at 5:53 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Yeah, you could structure a 15 M-TRTU to include those exercises. Just include the Lateral Body Bends in the warm up circuit, the Windmill in the core circuit and the Side Press in the Strength Circuit. That would give you the base for a great cornering specific 15 M-TRTU (might have to post on of those in the Inner Circle next week…)

      Reply • April 8 at 6:03 am
  2. Dave says:

    Thanks heaps for posting this James. I have been incorporating these into my luchtime workout and am really noticing a difference with my riding. Can’t believe how well your workouts translate to improved performance, and therefore more fun, on the trail.

    Thanks again.


    Reply • April 13 at 5:47 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Glad you like them, I’m really stoked to hear that they are working well for you.

      Reply • April 14 at 6:15 am
  3. dblspeed says:

    Looking at the video and paying attention to where I feel the tension while cornering, like I was doing one of the exercises, has made my cornering instantly better! That and the db combos program 😀

    Reply • April 14 at 12:48 pm
  4. XCracer says:

    Hi James,

    What professional certification do you have in strength training? Do you come from more of a physiology or strength and conditioning background?

    Reply • April 12 at 11:26 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      I don’t currently have any, I found them to not really help me produce better results after a certain point. And I would say that I have a movement based background and look at how to improve movement and apply it to the bike.

      Reply • April 26 at 11:26 am

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