Touch the Wall Deadlifts for Mountain Biking

Touch the Wall Deadlifts have quickly become one of my favorite exercises in the facility. It is the best way I’ve found to teach the all important hip hinge movement pattern, which leads to strong deadlifts and powerful swings.

Here are the progressions for this exercise, plus what you want to be learning at each stage of the progression. Don’t be afraid to replace your swings and/ or deadlifts with these if you feel you struggle doing them right.

You can download the Coaching Cue Handout for this exercise by right clicking on the link below and selecting Save as…

Touch the Wall Deadlifts

-James Wilson-

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  1. Mich says:

    Interesting video 😉

    So, should I try to keep my shins vertical during a “normal”, weighted deadlift too?

    Reply • March 15 at 10:56 am
    • bikejames says:

      Yes, that is the idea. Easier said than done, which is why this drill is so valuable.

      Reply • March 15 at 11:18 am
  2. Chris Cowan says:

    This one drill has made the biggest impact on my riding. I can finally get my hips back and my chest over the stem. This should be a required drill for all mountain bikers! (and my swings are coming along nicely too)

    Reply • March 16 at 7:58 am

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