Dumbbell Straight-leg Deadlift and Row

Posted by FitClick
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 3:33pm filed under Thighs

Calories Burned:  408 calories per hour   (based on a body weight of 150 lbs.)
Secondary Muscles Trained:  Latissimus Dorsi
Start: Holding a pair of dumbbells at arm's length in front of your thighs, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent.

Movement: Without rounding your lower back or changing the bend in your knees, bend at your hips and lower your torso until it's nearly parallel to the floor. Without moving your torso, pull the dumbbells up to the sides of your chest. Pause, and then lower the dummbells. Raise your torso back to the starting position. That's 1 rep.

From the MH Experts: The straight-leg deadlift targets the muscles of your glutes and hamstrings. But it also works your core, especially the muscles of your lower back. One other benefit: It can help improve the flexibility of your hamstrings, since it stretches those muscles every time you lower the weight. Now, add a dumbbell row to the mix, and you've got yourself a total-body move.

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