Straight Leg Deadlift

by Adam Floyd |   Date Released : 09 Oct 2009
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Adam Floyd

About the author: Adam Floyd

Adam Floyd graduated dux of his physiotherapy class in 1997 and has been working in private practice for 11 years. He owns and operates Regenerate Physiotherapy in Perth, Western Australia, which incorporates a commercial rehabilitation facility called Regenerate Fitness and Rehabilitation. The center specializes in exercise programs for clients with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, spinal pain and other musculo-skeletal injuries and pain.

Prior to studying physiotherapy, Adam completed a Human Movement degree from UWA with first class honours in exercise physiology. He has worked in the fitness industry for 19 years including working as a PT and a facility manager. He also has a Certificate 1V in Workplace Assessment and Training.

Adam has presented rehabilitation and injury management seminars and training to the fitness industry for nine years. He presents both nationally and internationally at industry conferences and conducts in house training for various health clubs. He has been conducting the GymED series of seminars in Perth for nine years with all seminars booked out well in advance. He has also been contracted to develop instructor training courses for the Living Longer Living Stronger program.

Adam is a member of the Australian National Speakers Association and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

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Comments (3)

DiFabrizio, Mark | 21 Sep 2010, 01:20 AM

It's not hard to see that this lift could potentially be dangerous. As trainers and gym instructors it is up to us to educate people about safer and more practical alternatives to any exercise we see that could potentially hurt someone. It's as simple as asking why people are doing that movement, explaining the dangers and then giving them an alternative that meets their goals. 90% of the time I have found that this works really well.

primerano, kelly | 21 Nov 2009, 14:59 PM

If the stiff legged deadlift was performed standing on one leg, and using the "floating leg" in the back as a moving lever counter balancing the forward lean of the torso - does this not allow for more control over what happens (flexion) in the lower back. Personally I find this to be a great alternative and feel no stress in the lower back area but rather contraction in that area.

Naidu, David | 01 Nov 2009, 17:01 PM

Good article! I see many people in the gym lowering massive weights dangerously low and can't help but wonder how their lumbar is going to feel the next day. Unfortunately, lower back spasms often aren't felt until 12 - 24 hours later. I think part of the problem is calling them "straight" leg deadlifts instead of "relatively stiff with a 10-degree bend" deadlift (I realize that's a little wordy!). After a few sets of barbell lunges and leg curls, I perform stiff-legged deadlifts with dumbbells. I'm 6' 3" tall with extremely long legs and tight hamstrings. As long as I start from a standing position, lower only as much as I can while maintaining a neutral spine position, and concentrate on pushing my butt back while grazing my legs with the dumbbells, I never have a problem. Any opinions on slightly elevating the front of the feet (placing the balls of the feet on a pair of weight plates) while performing this exercise???

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