Barbell Straight Leg Deadlift


  • Stand with feet shoulder width apart, holding a barbell with an overhand grip.
  • Keeping your legs and back straight, and sticking your buttocks out, bend at the hips and reach down until you feel a stretch in the hamstring muscles.
  • Slowly return to starting position, contracting the hamstrings.


  • You may also do this exercise with a slight bend in the knees.
Primary muscles Gluteus maximus Hamstrings
Secondary muscles Erector spinae