How to Perform a Romanian Deadlift

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The Romanian deadlift must be executed with a straight back to be safe. Perform the deadlift correctly with detailed instructions from a personal trainer and former pro football player in this free video on the Romanian deadlift.

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Hi, I'm Luke from Leaf Wellness Center in Santa Monica, California, and I'm here to talk to you about the Romanian deadlift. Before we do the Romanian deadlift, it's important that you can do a hip hinge pattern. A hip hinge is a movement that's generated around the hip, and you want to make sure your back is straight when you do it. Here's how you do it. You want to make sure that you have three points of contact with something light like a broom, make sure your head, upper back and butt are in contact with this, and hinge at the hip and bend as far over as possible while maintaining those three points of contact. If you can effectively do that movement pattern, then you can do a Romanian deadlift. Make sure your hands are just as wide as your shoulders, reach down and grab the bar or dumbbells or whatever weight you're using. Lift it and step out from the squat rack or whatever apparatus is holding your weight. Next, just like the hip hinge, you're going to slide the bar down, hinging your hip, keeping your spine straight, until the bar passes your knees, and then you clench the glutes and stand back up. We'll do that one more time. Stick the butt back, weight on the heels, head straight, don't look up, contract the glutes and stand up. I'm Luke from Leaf Wellness Center, and that's the Romanian deadlift.

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