For your hamstrings
Best Exercise: Romanian Deadlift
The Expert: Nick Tumminello
These days you hear a lot about “functional” exercises, but there’s nothing more functional than an old-school Romanian deadlift. “RDLs lead to results you can see,” says Nick Tumminello, founder of Performance University.
What to do
To perform an RDL, keep your knees bent at roughly 15–20 degrees. Instead of thinking about lowering your shoulders toward the floor, think about driving your hips backward, which will cause them to hinge, says Tumminello. RDLs transfer to all field, court, and combat sports because the movement closely matches the force-generation patterns involved in sprinting, jumping, and rotating. They’re also effective for building better-looking glutes and hamstrings.
Romanian deadlifts contribute to fat loss because they’re a compound exercise, so they burn more calories.
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