Thursday, August 11, 2011

Best Exercise Series: Stiff Legged Dead Lifts

Here's an exercise size that some would argue is more productive in building muscle than the all mighty squats.  You rarely if ever see this exercise being done in any gym you go to.  Its one of, if not the best lower back, hips, and hamstring exercises that can be done.  Not only does it build serious amounts of muscle fast but it also helps you burn a ton of calories because it uses so many muscles.   

Here's how to do them:
  1.  Stand with feet straight and shoulder-width apart, knees bent slightly.
  2. Hold barbell in front of thighs with grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  3. Slowly bent at waist, lowering barbell toward ground; keep back flat. 
  4. Squeeze butt muscles and lift barbell until standing fully upright.
The key is to slowly perform the transitions so that you're not using momentum.  Do 2 sets of 15 reps.