Barbell Stiff Leg Deadlift

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Coach's Tips

When you want to focus on the back of your thighs, the perfect workout is a Stiff leg deadlift!

How to Barbell Stiff Leg Deadlift

Starting Position

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing forward.

2. Hold a barbell in front of you with an overhand grip, arms extended and shoulder-width apart.

3. Your back should be straight, chest up and core engaged.

4. Hinge at the hips and bend your knees slightly, keeping your back straight.

5. Lower the barbell to just below your knees.

Proper Form

1. Keeping your back straight and core engaged, push your hips back and lower the barbell until it reaches the floor.

2. Make sure to keep your knees slightly bent and your feet flat on the floor.

3. Once the barbell has reached the floor, press through your heels and drive your hips forward to return to the starting position.

Breathing Technique

1. As you lower the barbell, take a deep breath in.

2. As you raise the barbell, exhale.


1. Make sure to keep your back straight and core engaged throughout the entire movement.

2. Do not round your back as you lower the barbell, or you risk injury.

3. Do not swing the barbell as you return to the starting position.

4. Do not lock your knees as you return to the starting position.

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