Muscle Group: Hamstrings

Romanian deadlifts sometimes referred to as Stiff leg deadlifts, focus on the hamstrings. As with regular deadlifts, you will also be working your glutes and lower back when performing this exercise.

Grab the barbell as you would with a normal deadlift and come up to a standing position.

Now have your legs close to being locked and bend forward at the waist, with your back straight, until your upper body is parallel with the ground, the bar hanging at arm’s length below you. Now lift your torso back up again, remember to pull your shoulders back, and arch your lower back in for a complete lower back contraction.

Without your quads assisting you as in regular deadlifts, you will use a lot less weight doing this exercise. If you can’t get enough of a stretch stand on a platform while doing Romanian Deadlifts.