Abs, Hamstrings, Lower Back, Upper Back
- Set a bar just below shoulder height in a rack and adjust the safeties to just above hip height.
- Set your hands equidistant apart, step underneath, and position the bar on your traps (or slightly below if you prefer a low bar version).
- Begin the movement by unlocking your knees and hinging back into the hips while keeping your spine neutral.
- Drive through the whole foot as you extend the hip back to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
- Range of motion in the lift will largely be determined by an individual’s mobility as well as their ability to maintain a neutral spine.
- Experiment with a “false” (i.e. thumbless) grip as this helps to eliminate elbow and wrist issues in some folks.
Neck position is highly individual - Some prefer a neutral neck position (i.e. keeping the chin tucked throughout the lift) while others do well with looking slightly up. Here’s some factors to consider:
- If you’re someone who is more globally extended (i.e. athletic background), then you will likely be able to keep a neutral position more effectively by packing the chin.
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you tend to be more flexion dominant (especially in your thoracic spine - upper back) then it would behoove you to look up slightly as this will drive more extension.
- Experiment with each and see which one works best for your individual anatomy and biomechanics.
- Your weight will naturally shift to your heels as you hinge; however, it’s important that you keep the weight distributed over your whole foot and don’t allow the toes to rise. To combat this, you should focus on maintaining 3 points of contact: big toe, little toe, and heel.