Work Your Butt: Romanian Deadlift
This move is a great way to activate the back of the legs and the glutes. Adding a little squeeze of the butt when you return to standing helps remind your backside to work.
- Holding the barbell (or two dumbbells at your sides), keep your arms straight and knees slightly bent.
- Slowly bend at your hip joint, not your waist, and lower the weight as far as possible without rounding your back, which should remain straight. Looking forward, not at the ground, will help you avoid rounding your back. Keep the weights close to your legs, almost touching.
- Squeeze your glutes to slowly pull yourself up. Be sure not to use your back or round your spine!
- Do 12 reps to complete one set.