Straight Leg Deadlift Exercise Guide & Video

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Step 1. Stand straight holding a barbell with a shoulder-width grip. You can grip the barbell with both hands from the top, or you can grip the barbell with one hand on the top and one hand underneath.

Step 2. Keeping your legs and back as straight as possible, bend forward at the waist until your back is parallel to the floor.

Step 3. Using your lower back straighten your body back upright. Make sure not to round your back.

Additional Notes:

The straight leg deadlift is an advanced hamstring motion. It can be used to add size, strength, and explosive power in the hamstring muscle. A shoulder-width stance with the feet pointed forward should be used. While this is a power movement to be performed with heavy weight, it is still important to control the motion throughout and be sure not to overextend the low back at the top of the motion. It should not be performed by those with low back injuries. Hamstring exercises such as the machine leg curl or the standing leg curl should be used instead. Proper hamstring development can still be achieved without the use of the straight leg deadlift.

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Updated: March 30th, 2015