Straight-Legged vs. Regular Deadlifts With Dumbbells

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Straight-legged and regular deadlifts with dumbbells both have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. Learn about the straight-legged versus regular deadlifts with dumbbells with help from a fitness competitor and expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Emily Jones, Fitness Expert and Competitor here at Camp Hero Fitness in Southlake, Texas. I'm going to demonstrate to you the difference between a straight legged deadlifts and normal deadlifts with dumbbells. First, I will be demonstrating the straight legged deadlift with the dumbbell. You're going to choose dumbbells that aren't too heavy in weight that you can keep holding in your hands, but keeps resistance on your gluts and your hamstrings. You're going to put your feet shoulder width apart, you're going to put your dumbbells right in front of your thighs. You're going to bend at your waist, putting your chest down, but keeping your back straight. Keep a slight bend in your knees, feeling it in your gluts and your hamstrings. You're going to go back down, go as low as you can, but don't go too low that you feel discomfort. That's the straight legged deadlift. The normal deadlift is actually very similar, but it's actually going to be working your quads and your upper gluts, and that's the difference. So, you're going to put your feet shoulder width apart and you're going to place your dumbbells to your side. You're going to keep your back straight, bending at the waist going down as far as you can, then back up, squeezing your gluts at the top. Keep your chest up, above your knees and your knees above your toes. Remember to concentrate on your breathing throughout the exercise. And again, I'm Emily Jones, Fitness Competitor and Expert, and I just demonstrated to you the difference between straight legged deadlifts and normal deadlifts with dumbbells.

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