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

What is the stiff leg deadlift?

The stiff leg deadlift is a strength training exercise that targets the hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. It is similar to the traditional deadlift, but with straight legs throughout the movement. This exercise is great for building strength and muscle in the posterior chain, which includes the muscles on the backside of your body. It can also improve your posture and help prevent lower back pain.