Single Leg Dead Lift

by Addie Kelzer

Keep your thoughts positive as you try this challenging balance, hamstring and glute exercise!

Do not get discouraged or frustrated with this challenging single leg exercise! Balancing exercises can be difficult and you may need to fight every second you’re in it to simply stay on your feet and not fall over! This is completely normal, especially if the exercise is new to you. Remove judgement about how you think you should be able to do it and give yourself the opportunity to grab onto or hold continuously onto something so that the balancing portion doesn’t take over the whole exercise. That way you can focus on the mechanics instead of your balance and reap the rewards of continually challenging the high hamstring and glute on one side.

Do 4-8 per leg before switching to the other side.

In order to keep the pendulum position and avoid bending the leg or extending the spine, you will likely want to stop each rep just before standing fully upright. This will leave your torso slightly tipped forward and your up leg slightly behind you, at a matching angle to your spine, before you begin the next rep.



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Addie Kelzer is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that by making fitness and good food practical, her clients will hold the power to positively change their health and the health of those closest to them.

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