SLDL (Stiff Legged Deadlift)

Main muscles worked: Hamstrings, glutes, erector spinae

How to perform this exercise?

  • Start with the bar on the ground, legs narrow and hands about than shoulder width apart
  • Find a position where your legs are as straight as possible
  • Lift the bar up and squeeze your glutes at the top position
  • Keep your back as straight as possible or at least in the same position during the movement

I use a overhand grip where both palms are facing towards me. In my opinion this is the easiest way to perform the SLDL. Eventually as you become stronger you might have to invest in a pair of lifting straps in order to have a good grip around the bar. 

Note: Lifting with a rounded back is not necessarily dangerous. We’re all different, some backs are straighter than others. What’s important is that you keep your back in a neutral position during the enitre movement. Focus more on that, rather than chasing the “perfect” straight back.