The one-leg Ro­ma­nian deadlift

Ready to take your lower-body work up a gear?

Women's Fitness (UK) - - Contents -

The one-leg Ro­ma­nian deadlift is quite a mouth­ful to say, and we’re not going to lie – it’s a tough one to per­fect, too.

One for more experienced lifters, it’s a great move to re­ally push your­self as well as your results. ‘This ex­er­cise will test core sta­bil­ity, hip sta­bil­ity, upper back strength

and bal­ance,’ says strength and con­di­tion­ing trainer and Train2win coach Dan Lawrence. ‘Be­cause it is a uni­lat­eral move­ment, it will high­light any im­bal­ance you may have from left to right, too.’ The one-leg Ro­ma­nian deadlift is es­pe­cially im­por­tant if you run or play sports, as your glutes and ham­strings (as well as the rest of your pos­te­rior chain) play a huge role in any jump­ing or for­ward move­ment. A bonus? ‘Due to the length­en­ing na­ture of the ex­er­cise, it will also im­prove flex­i­bil­ity in your ham­strings.’ If the ex­er­cise is too dif­fi­cult, take away some of the in­sta­bil­ity by plac­ing your back leg on a glider on top of a box. If it’s too easy, add some more weight!

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