Why You Should Try Single Leg Deadlifts
It’s time to try single-leg deadlifts. Balancing on one leg makes this exercise a lot harder, in two ways. First, you need to use a lot more of those little stabilising muscles just to keep yourself upright. Second, you have one leg doing double the work, so even a light weight can be very challenging.
I like this video from Breaking Muscle to demonstrate some different options. First, they have you start from a standing position, and lower the weight, rather than starting with the weight on the floor. It’s easier to find a natural motion that way. They also use two kettlebells, on either side of your standing leg, so at least your upper body can stay balanced.
Depending on what you’d like to work on, you can put your toe on the ground near your standing foot; put your toe on the ground significantly behind that foot; or drive your free leg back behind you so it doesn’t touch the ground at all.
It’s tempting to keep your standing leg totally straight, but few of us have the strength and flexibility (it takes both!) to be stable in that position. Allow some bend in your knee, and try to still think of the motion as a deadlift rather than a straight-legged ice skating arabesque.