Single Leg Deadlift

Purpose

This exercise improves strength of the hip and leg while also challenging balance and stability.

Set up

Begin standing with your feet hip width apart and arms out to the sides. Shift your bodyweight until you are balancing on one leg with your knee slightly bent.

Movement

Hinging at the hips, slowly lean forward reaching your free leg straight back behind you while that same side hand reaches towards the floor. Then slowly return to the starting position.

Keep your back straight and your core engaged.

Tips

  • Make sure to keep your movements slow and controlled throughout the exercise to avoid any injury.
  • Try to keep your hips square and angled forward, not out to the side.
  • If you feel unsteady during this exercise, try starting with smaller trunk movement forward, then gradually leaning farther forward.
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