Do a Single-Leg Deadlift the Right Way

We promise you'll feel invigorated, not like dying, after doing them.

January 17, 2016
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Rodale Wellness

Who needs to trek to the gym when you can get your workout done inside with no equipment required? The single-leg deadlift is a relatively simple bodyweight exercise that works the hamstrings, hips, glutes, and lower back. Once you master the move with bodyweight alone, feel free to add kettlebells or a single dumbbell to increase difficulty. Here's how to get it done:

1. Start in a standing position with your feet together.  

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2. Start to slowly elevate one leg. As you elevate that leg, lower down the arms, gradually moving them toward the midline of the body. 

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Note: Watch the angle of the back and the hips. What tends to happen when to some when go to through the movement is that they shift or pivot their hips, so rather than keeping their hips straight and aligned, they tend to open up. With an emphasis on keeping the hips square, your deadlift should only go down as low as you can keep your back flat. If your position starts to get compromised, you're going too low.

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