Straight Leg Deadlifts hamstrings

Start/Finish

Starting Position: Stand up straight, with your feet shoulder width apart and a dumbbell in each hand, your palms facing toward your legs.

This is a terrific exercise for the hamstrings, and it helps strengthen the lower back.

Midpoint

The Exercise: Bend forward at your hips, and slowly lower the dumbbells in front of you until the weights almost touch the floor. Keep your back straight throughout the exercise. Then, while concentrating on the muscles in the back of your legs, raise your upper body and the weights to the starting position.

Don't hunch over. Keep your back fairly rigid throughout the exercise.
Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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