Barbell Stiff Leg Deadlift

Barbell Stiff Leg Deadlift


Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
Mechanics: Compound
Force: Pull



Stand with shoulder width or narrower stance on 5" to 8" (13-20 cm) platform with feet flat beneath bar. Bend over and grasp barbell with shoulder width or slightly wider overhand or mixed grip.


With knees bent, lift bar by extending at hips until standing upright. Pull shoulders back at top of lift if rounded. Extend knees at top if desired. Lower bar to top of feet by bending hips. Bend knees slightly during descent and keep waist straight, flexing only slightly at bottom. Repeat.


Throughout lift keep arms and back straight. Lower back may bend slightly during full hip flexion. Quadriceps can be kept bent throughout movement. See Dangerous Exercise Essay. Also see Straight Back Stiff Leg Deadlift.

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