I’m not really sure where the term “dead lift” came from anyway, and some call this exercise simply a “hip hinge.” Either way, it’s a great way to target your hams!
Muscles worked: Hamstrings
Time to complete: 6 minutes
You will need: Medium weight dumbbells (10-15 lbs) or a barbell (15-25 lbs)
- Stand with feet a bit narrower than shoulder width, hands in an overhand grip on dumbbells or a barbell.
- Keeping your back flat (but not overextended) and knees straight but soft (not locked), bend at the hip and glide the weights close against your legs toward your feet.
- When you reach your maximum hamstring flex (weights should nearly reach your feet), return to the starting position.
- Repeat a total of 12-15 reps for a full set; rest 30-60 seconds then repeat for 2 more full sets.