Dumbbell Straight-Leg Deadlift

The dumbbell straight-leg deadlift strengthens the lower back, with an emphasis on the hamstrings and glutes. Performing the exercise with dumbbells will improve balance and stability on each sides of the body while strengthening the core.


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    Grab a pair of dumbbells with an overhand grip, and hold them at arm's length in front your thighs. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Brace your core throughout the movement.
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    Without changing the bend in your knees, bend at your hips until your torso is almost parallel to the floor. Pause, then shoot your hips forward, squeezing your glutes tightly to return to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Do not round your lower back - keep it straight for the duration of the movement.
  • Do not descend beyond your level of flexibility and mobility.
  • Make sure you complete the movement by standing up tall and tightening the glutes.