Straight Legs Deadlift

Straight Legs Deadlift

What muscles do Straight Legs Deadlift work?

The straight leg deadlift primarily works the following muscle groups:

  • Hamstrings: located at the back of the thigh, they extend the hip and flex the knee.

  • Glutes: the muscles in the buttocks, responsible for hip extension, rotation and abduction.

  • Lower back: including the erector spinae, which is responsible for maintaining posture and stability of the spine.

  • Calves: located at the back of the lower leg, responsible for plantar flexion at the ankle.

  • Grip strength: the forearms and hands also get a good workout during deadlifts as they have to grip the weight securely.

Deadlifts are a great exercise for strengthening the muscles in the lower body and improving overall functional fitness.

How do you do a Straight Legs Deadlift?

To perform a straight leg deadlift, follow these steps:

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent.

  • Grasp the weights with an overhand grip, palms facing down.

  • Keeping your back straight and your core engaged, bend forward at the hips, lowering the weight towards the floor.

  • Lower the weights as far as you can while keeping your legs straight and your back flat.

  • Pause, then engage your glutes and hamstrings to lift the weight back to the starting position.

  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

It's important to maintain proper form throughout the exercise to avoid injury and work the target muscles effectively.