- Stand with shoulder width or narrower stance on shallow platform
with feet flat beneath bar. Bend knees and bend over with lower
back straight. Grasp barbell with shoulder width overhand or
mixed grip, shoulder width or slightly wider. Lift weight to
- With knees straight, lower bar toward top of feet by bending
hips and waist. Lift bar by extending waist and hip until standing
upright. Pull shoulders back slightly if rounded. Repeat.
- Begin with very light weight and add additional weight gradually
to allow lower back adequate adaptation.
Throughout lift keep arms and knees straight. Keep bar over top
of feet, close to legs. Do not pause or bounce at bottom of lift.
Do not lower weight beyond mild stretch throughout hamstrings
and low back. When finished with set, dismount by lowering weight
with knees bent and low back straight. Full range of motion will
vary from person to person. Those with less flexibility may not
even need to stand on platform. See Dangerous
Exercise Essay. Also see Straight
Back Straight Leg Deadlift.