Romanian deadlifts, also known as RDLs, are a popular exercise that targets the muscles of the posterior chain, including the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. This exercise is great for building strength and improving the appearance of the backside. It can also help to improve overall lower body strength and stability.
To perform a Romanian deadlift, start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a barbell or a pair of dumbbells in front of your thighs with an overhand grip. Keep your knees slightly bent and your core engaged.
From here, hinge at the hips and slowly lower the weights towards the ground, keeping your back straight and your chest lifted. Stop when you feel a stretch in your hamstrings, then return to the starting position by driving through your heels and squeezing your glutes.
It's important to keep your core engaged and your back straight throughout the exercise to avoid injury. You can also try using a resistance band around your thighs to add an extra challenge.
Romanian deadlifts are a great addition to any lower body strength training routine. Start with 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions and gradually increase the weight as you get stronger.
Make sure to listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.
Incorporating Romanian deadlifts into your workout routine can help to improve the strength and appearance of your lower body, as well as improve your overall stability and balance.
Give them a try and see the benefits for yourself!
Check out my video below with form tips when performing Romanian Deadlifts.
Coach Kiki McClellan