Barbell Stiff-Leg Deadlift

Exercise for legs, glutes and lower back muscles

Barbell Romanian Deadlift Illustration

Exercise execution guide

Starting position

Stand with feet shoulder width apart and toes facing forward. Bend knees slightly and push your chest out. Grasp a barbell resting on your upper thighs, with hands in pronation shoulder width.


Keeping your legs stiff, bow forward and lower the weight towards the ground. Pause when your hamstrings are tight, and then return to the starting position. Keep your back straight and shoulders back throughout.

Equipment required


Main muscles

Hamstrings, glutes, lower back muscles