Smith Straight-back Straight-leg Deadlift

Smith Straight-back Straight-leg Deadlift


Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
Mechanics: Isolated
Force: Pull



Stand with shoulder width or narrower stance with thigh against bar. Grasp bar with shoulder width or slightly wider overhand grip. Disengage bar by rotating bar back.


With knees and back straight, lower bar by bending hips until hamstrings are tight, or just before lower back bends. Lift bar by extending hips until straight. Pull shoulders back slightly if rounded. Repeat.


Throughout lift, keep arms, knees, and back straight. Do not pause or bounce at bottom of lift. Do not lower weight beyond mild stretch. Full range of motion will vary from person to person depending on flexibility. Stand on elevated platform if smith machine does not allow full range of motion. Also see Straight Leg Deadlift.

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