Deadlift vs. Squat for Glutes

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If you're working out your glutes you will not doubt have to choose between deadlifts and squats at some point. Learn about deadlifting versus squats for glutes with help from a certified fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jill Brown. I'm a fitness instructor and trainer in Los Angeles. And today we are going to talk about the difference between a dead lift and a regular squat. So I'm going to start off with a body bar to use as my deadlift. We are going to begin our stiff leg deadlift with our palms in an overhand grip on our bar. And we are going to hinge only at the hips with the knees slightly bent. Pretend you're pushing some doors open with your butt. And then straighten right back up to the starting position. So this is the stiff leg deadlift. A lot of people like to do this exercise because they really feel it working their glutes and their hamstrings. Now what you have to be very careful with on this exercise is to maintain a neutral spine in your low back, the lordotic curve. Most people when they come over they start to flex their spine like this. And that can be really dangerous. Imagine that your muscles are like a rubber band and you have a heavy barbell or weight hanging off that rubber band. So there's a lot more risk of injury when you perform a stiff leg deadlift improperly. So I often recommend people do a regular squat instead. Also when you're bent over and your back starts to flex forward like this and you don't maintain that flat spine you are also putting a lot more pressure on your vertebral disks. And anybody who's got any history of low back problems or wants to make sure that they don't have any back problems in the future should definitely stay away from the stiff leg deadlift if they might be in jeopardy of doing it wrong. Now lets talk about the regular squat. So you can keep that same posture, the neutral spine. And we are just going to squat down with our knees keeping our back lifted. And there you have a squat using the bar. You can also do this without a bar or dumbbells at your side. The difference is when you are doing a stiff leg deadlift you are only using the muscles in the back of the leg. Whereas when you are doing a squat you're also using the muscles in the front of your leg, your quadriceps. And that's the difference between doing a stiff leg deadlift and a squat. In Los Angeles I'm Jill Brown.

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