This Simple Trick Will Make You a Deadlift King
The straight-leg deadlift is one of the most effective exercises for building muscle and strength in your glutes and hamstrings—as long as you're doing it right. "If you can't execute a proper hip hinge, you can't deadlift," says Sam Stauffer, a trainer for musclemorphosis.com in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "You won't be able to lift as much weight, or—worse—you'll end up hurting yourself."
A hinge involves driving your hips back, bending at your waist, maintaining a neutral back, and engaging your hamstrings muscles. "It involves a lot more than just folding forward as if you were touching your toes or squatting down," says Stauffer.
Not sure if your hip hinge is on point or not? Stauffer recommends trying the deadlift band pull through. (Check out the video below to see how to do it.) Since the cable comes from the floor behind you, it automatically puts your hips in the right position for the hinge. It also helps develop the mobility you need in your hips and the flexibility you need in your hamstrings to perform solid rep after solid rep of the single-leg deadlift. "Master this, and you'll make huge gains in strength and build muscle faster than ever before," he says.