Single Leg Deadlift for Mountain Biking

I’ve talked a lot about the single leg deadlift and its importance in a strength training program for mountain biking. Because of that I’ve also had a lot of requests for a demo of this outstanding exercise. I listen to what my peeps want…

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  1. Janet says:

    Great explanation. Thanks, James.

    Reply • December 11 at 2:08 pm
  2. Jade Jenny says:

    James. Great exercise just worked some in the other day after not doing them in quite some time. I have done them past and present right from the floor. I only bend my legs as far as you do in the demo but lower my back farther down, while keeping it in a straight line though. Similar advantages from pulling from the floor like a traditional deadlift, instead of keeping constant tension on the muscles i.e. romanian deadlift?

    Reply • December 11 at 2:30 pm
    • bikejames says:

      @ Jade – I like to go to the floor as well but I’ve found most mountain bikers don’t have the hip mobility to get down that far without rounding the lower back so I demonstrate it from the top down so that they will know that they should only go down as far as their hip mobility allows. Otherwise they end up focusing more on getting to the floor than maintaining form and end up putting their low back in a bad position.

      But going to the floor is definitely the goal and if you can then do it. Thanks for you input, it is appreciated as always…

      Reply • December 12 at 9:03 am
  3. Chris says:

    Cheers for the demo James.
    I badly broke my left foot back in May, and am still working on getting back strength and balance. This is a good one for me for sure. I’m still doing it with no weights as I wobble a lot on my broken foot. Once my proprioception is back, I’ll be adding some weights into it.

    Reply • December 16 at 7:58 pm

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