- Grasp barbell from rack or deadlift
from floor with shoulder width to wide overhand grip. Stand with
shoulder width or narrower stance.
- Lower bar toward top of feet by bending hips while tracing
front contour of legs through downward motion. Gradually bend
knees through descent and keep spine straight so back is near
horizontal at lowest position. Once hamstring is stretched fully
just before lowering bar to completely to floor, lift bar by
extending hips and knees until standing upright. Pull shoulders
back slightly if rounded. Repeat.
- Throughout lift, keep arms and back straight and chest high.
Wider grip allows for slightly fuller range of motion (descent).
- Some authorities suggest rep should begin at top of motion
with knees slightly bent. Barbell is lowered while knees are
bend only enough to create stretch reflect through hamstrings
just before barbell reaches floor with low back kept straight.
Then movement rebounds upward.
- Exercise supposedly introduced to US when Nicu Vlad of Romania
and his coach, Dragomir Cioroslan were in the US in 1990 for
the Goodwill Games. When asked its name, the said they had no
name for it. Jim Schmitz reportedly proposed it be called Romanian
Deadlift (Jim Schmitz). Also known as RDL or lesser known as
Keystone Deadlifts. Also see very similar Straight-back
- Spine (Thoracic, Lumbar)
- Scapula & Clavicle