Romanian Deadlift

In the last #SmashMonday we talked about the Squat, how to do it and what benefits you get by working on it. Well since the Squat is all about the knee flexion & extension, the Deadlift is about the hip extension and the posterior chain. Hip extension is important in most of the lower body movements like walking, running, jumping, landing, lifting etc.

The Romanian Deadlift is a great exercise to begin with because not only will you get a stronger posterior chain and benefit in all of the movements above, but you will also get more flexible and get rid of any unwanted imbalances. With the Romanian Deadlift you are working on your lower back, glutes and hamstrings.

How to do this correctly?
Grab a bar and start from the standing position
Start by bending the knees slightly and pushing the hips back
Keep the back straight
Lower down in control
Do a fast concentric while pushing the hips forward and squeezing the glutes

Things to note: Before engaging the movement breathe into your stomach, this will make your core stable and you will be able to handle heavier loads Lowering down as much as you can you will also benefit from increasing your hamstring mobility Breathe out while doing the concentric or hold your breath until you finish the move

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