Single-Leg Barbell Straight-Leg Deadlift

This exercise is a multi-joint, unilateral exercise that increases balance, strength, and symmetry in the hips and lower body. The straight-legged position more specifically targets the hamstrings than a bent-legged position.


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    Grab a barbell with an overhand grip and hold firmly in front of your thighs with arms fully extended. With your feet hip-width apart and your working leg straight, raise one foot slightly off the floor and hold it behind you.
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    While keeping your supporting leg fully extended, bend at your hips and lower your torso and the barbell towards the floor letting arms hang in front of your body. Pause, then raise your torso back to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Avoid letting the barbell move too far out in front of you. Keep it close to your body at all times.
  • Keep your back flat during the exercise to avoid injury.
  • Avoid bending the knee. Instead, focus on hinging at the hip and shifting your weight backwards during the movement.