Performed with or without weight, single-leg deadlifts are a prime example of a movement that requires core strength and engagement to prevent unwanted twisting. The goal is to keep your hips level and square to the floor throughout the exercise, even as you hinge from the hips and change your body’s position, all while balanced on one leg.
- Stand tall, feet hip-distance apart, holding a dumbbell or kettlebell in your right hand.
- Shift your weight to your left foot, lifting your right foot off the ground.
- Tighten your core, hinge forward at the hips, and lower the weight toward the ground as you raise your right leg leg behind you. Keep your weight in your left heel and try to keep your hips square and level.
- When your body forms a “T,” use your glutes, hamstrings, and core to pull your torso back to standing as you lower your right foot back toward the ground.
- Complete 10 to 12 repetitions per side.